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Pete Buttigieg endorsed by California Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis

by Joe Garofoli – Feb. 13, 2020 (SFChronicle.com)

California Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis is endorsing Pete Buttigieg for president, giving him the backing of the second-highest statewide elected official.

“What I see in Pete Buttigieg is someone who is young, who is smart, who is a veteran who has served overseas representing our country,” Kounalakis told The Chronicle’s “It’s All Political” podcast Wednesday.

Buttigieg’s only experience in elective office was his two-term stint as mayor of South Bend, Ind., a city smaller than Antioch. Kounalakis, however, said that was no small accomplishment — she said Buttigieg had led “a small but feisty city into better things.”

She said Buttigieg’s experience as a naval intelligence officer shows that he “knows and understands what American power is and what it needs to be again.”

Kounalakis said she was looking for a “viable” candidate after her first choice, California Sen. Kamala Harris, dropped out in December. She said she saw that in Buttigieg when he emerged from the first two contests, in Iowa and New Hampshire, atop the field with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Kounalakis conceded that she had “struggled” with her decision not to endorse one of the three women remaining in the race — Sens. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, and Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.

“The ability to convince people on the ground that you’re the right one — that’s not a small thing,” Kounalakis said. “Frankly, that motivated me even more to get out there, because I think (Buttigieg’s) success was minimized a little bit and marginalized.”

Pete Buttigieg lands more Ohio endorsements

by Jeremy Pelzer – Feb 12, 2020 (cleveland.com)

Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has picked up some more endorsements from fellow Democrats around Ohio, including the first openly gay woman to serve in the state legislature.

On the eve of the New Hampshire primary, the South Bend mayor’s campaign announced he has the backing of state Sen. Nickie Antonio of Lakewood, as well as Columbus City Council President Shannon Hardin, Columbus City Auditor Megan Kilgore, Jefferson County Democratic Party Chair Frankie DiCarlantonio, ex-Mansfield City Councilman Don Bryant, and Maumee Councilman David Kissinger.

A recent poll showed Buttigieg with slightly more than 6 percent support in the Buckeye State, though that was before his strong showing in last week’s Iowa Democratic caucus.

Buttigieg has already scored a number of endorsements from Ohio Democrats, including Mayors Nan Whaley of Dayton, John Cranley of Cincinnati, and David Berger of Lima, as well as former Ohio Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni, state Rep. Casey Weinstein, and Franklin County Recorder Danny O’Connor, who ran two high-profile (but unsuccessful) congressional campaigns in 2018.

Veteran Maura Sullivan of Obama admin. endorses Pete Buttigieg for President

by Maura Sullivan – Feb 4, 2020 (SeaCoastOnline.com)

Maura Sullivan is a Marine veteran, Portsmouth resident, and a former Obama administration official. The views expressed are those of the writer.

While foreign policy may seem like it occurs an ocean away on another continent, its effects are felt in our communities. Many Granite State families have loved ones proudly serving in our military — including mine. My little brother serves in the Marines and is currently deployed. My fiancé serves in the Navy and will deploy this year.

As our families face these uncertain times, this election, and who we choose as our next President, will directly impact our future. As I consider the crowded Democratic field, I keep returning to one question: Who do I trust most as commander in chief with the lives of my loved ones?

As a senior Pentagon official serving under President Obama, I saw up close how life and death decisions are made in Washington. Good leadership starts at the top with a President who has integrity, will genuinely weigh the facts, understand opposing views, exhaustively consider the consequences of a proposed course of action, and then lead with conviction, courage, and compassion.

So when I think about my fiancé and my little brother being sent into harms’ way, and the President charged with leading them, the answer is quite simple: Pete Buttigieg is the leader I trust with their lives.

I trust Pete because he has personally experienced what it means to be deployed by a commander in chief. So he will never send our young women and men into a war without a plan to win and the resources to succeed– and only after every economic and diplomatic option has been exhausted.

When politicians in Washington sent us into a war we never should have entered, I saw first-hand the effects of their disastrous decision making in 2005 as a Marine in Fallujah, Iraq. We have lost more than 6,700 American lives in Iraq, where I served, and in Afghanistan, where Pete served. Too many of them come from communities in New Hampshire.

If we want to end Washington’s dysfunction, we need to elect a leader who is rooted in the realities of the American people — not politics as usual.

Pete is that leader.

We are in a moment like no other – this election will determine the course of our country and our global community not just for the next four years, but for generations to come. Consider the strategic threats we are running out of time to address. As sea levels rise, our infrastructure crumbles. Health care costs soar as our nation splinters. The stock market climbs as wages stagnate.

But we can change all that. Pete has the vision, intellect, and strategy to turn the page on the chaos and unite our country so we can finally start facing these unprecedented challenges and delivering meaningful results for all of our families.

There are tough days ahead for all of us — but we have faced challenges before, and we have always come together as a community and a nation to overcome them. Let’s not forget what we did just 12 years ago.

The energy I see around our state for Pete reminds me of what I saw in 2008 when I volunteered to knock doors in Manchester for another young inspirational leader from the Midwest with a funny name — Senator Barack Obama. Before the primaries, some questioned his ability to win, but a strong showing in Iowa and New Hampshire changed the narrative. I will never forget watching him accept the Democratic party’s nomination in Denver — and feeling so full of hope and optimism for our country.

As Democrats, we know when we let fear overtake hope in the ballot box, we come up short. But when we dare to follow our hopes and our hearts toward an exciting, young, fresh faced Washington outsider with a vision for a strong today and a better tomorrow — we win. And win this year we must — there’s too much at stake.

So let’s turn the page on all the chaos and division that we’ve come to expect from Washington and restore character and integrity to the White House. Let’s build an economy that works for working and middle class families again. Let’s fix our healthcare system and tackle climate change. Pete represents our best hope to do all that and more. With Pete, we can finally put the failed and dangerous leadership in Washington behind us.

And so, with that same spirit of hope, of belief in a brighter future, and optimism for a greater tomorrow for America that delivered us a victory in 2008, please join me in voting for Pete Buttigieg for President in the New Hampshire Democratic primary on Feb. 11.

Silver State Equality, Equality California Endorse Pete Buttigieg for President of the United States

Silver State Equality – Jan 30, 2020

“Mayor Pete will be our champion in the fight for a world that is healthy, just and fully equal for all LGBTQ people, and we believe he is the best candidate to take on Donald Trump and win this November.”

Silver State Equality, Nevada’s statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization, announced a joint endorsement with Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization, of Mayor Pete Buttigieg for President of the United States on Thursday. The decision was reached unanimously by the groups’ joint presidential endorsement committee following a lengthy process that included a detailed questionnaire, thorough evaluation of the candidates’ viability and policy positions, staff engagement and interviews with the candidates. The 2020 Nevada Caucus will be held on Saturday, February 22. For the first time, California’s primary will be held on Super Tuesday in March, and California voters will begin casting mail-in ballots on Monday, February 3.

Silver State Equality released the following statement from State Director André Wade:

“Today, we are proud to announce Silver State Equality’s enthusiastic endorsement of Mayor Pete Buttigieg for president of the United States.

“We believe that Mayor Pete Buttigieg has the boldest, most comprehensive agenda to achieve full, lived equality for all LGBTQ people of any presidential candidate in the nation’s history. His comprehensive plan to end the HIV epidemic by 2030, his commitment to make our schools safe and supportive for LGBTQ students, his specific funding and policy priorities to protect and empower the transgender community — especially transgender women of color, who face an epidemic of violence and persecution — and his plans to invest in the Black and Latinx communities in Nevada and across the country are particularly compelling.

“Mayor Pete will be our champion in the fight for a world that is healthy, just and fully equal for all LGBTQ people, and we believe he is the best candidate to take on Donald Trump and win this November.

“While we did not endorse Mayor Pete simply because he’s gay, the historic nature of his candidacy certainly has already had a transformational impact on the LGBTQ community. Electing the first openly LGBTQ president has the power to inspire millions of LGBTQ youth across the country and give hope and pride to LGBTQ seniors who came of age at a time when LGBTQ people couldn’t serve openly in the federal government and now have the opportunity to cast their ballot for the first viable LGBTQ candidate for president of the United States.

“Every four years, Nevada plays a critical role in selecting the next president. Silver State Equality is ready to roll up our sleeves, get out the vote and take back the White House with Mayor Pete.”

In particular, Silver State Equality and Equality California were impressed by Mayor Buttigieg’s comprehensive plan to end the HIV epidemic by 2030, his understanding that making schools safe and supportive requires bold investments in teacher training and mentorship programs for LGBTQ students, his specific policy and funding priorities to protect and empower the transgender community, his plan to transform the criminal legal system into one that truly promotes justice and instead of one that furthers racial injustice and his proposals for fixing our broken immigration system by protecting refugees and asylum seekers and providing millions of LGBTQ undocumented people, their friends and family with a pathway to citizenship.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg released the following statement in reaction to Silver State Equality and Equality California’s endorsement:

“I’m honored to receive the endorsements of Equality California and Silver State Equality, two organizations that have been unrelenting in their fight for LGBTQ+ people and our push for full equality. My campaign is based around a shared future of belonging for all Americans, no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity. President Trump’s attacks on the LGBTQ+ community, especially our trans members, have shown us that the fight for equal rights did not end with marriage equality. I will be the President to continue that fight for equality for all Americans.”

Every top tier 2020 presidential candidate sought Silver State Equality and Equality California’s endorsement — a testament to the LGBTQ community’s role as a key voting bloc in both important states and across the country. The Trump-Pence Administration is an existential threat to the LGBTQ community and the diverse communities to which LGBTQ people belong, and Silver State Equality and Equality California’s top priority in 2020 will be defeating Donald Trump and Mike Pence and putting a pro-equality president back in the White House. Both organizations have committed to supporting the Democratic nominee in the 2020 general election.

Although Silver State Equality and Equality California determined that Mayor Pete presented the boldest, most comprehensive plan for full, lived LGBTQ equality and is the best candidate to take on Donald Trump and win, the organizations were also impressed by Senator Elizabeth Warren and Tom Steyer, who both have extremely strong, compelling pro-equality policy agendas and participated in robust interviews with the joint presidential endorsement committee. Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Bernie Sanders, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Andrew Yang also submitted questionnaires outlining their strong support for LGBTQ civil rights and social justice.

Prior to dropping out of the race, Senator Kamala Harris participated in Equality California and Silver State Equality’s endorsement process, submitted an extremely strong, compelling questionnaire and participated in events with Equality California. After two decades of working with her, Equality California has immense respect and admiration for Senator Harris, and LGBTQ Californians are lucky to have her fighting for civil rights and social justice in the U.S. Senate.

2020 will be one of the most consequential election years for LGBTQ people in modern American history, and Silver State Equality and Equality California plan to run substantial get out the vote efforts in elections up and down the ballot. Silver State Equality has endorsed U.S. Representatives Dina Titus, Susie Lee and Steven Horsford — three incredible pro-equality champions — for reelection and plans to announce additional endorsements at the state and local levels in the coming months before the June primary election.

Mayor Terence Roberts (Anderson, SC) endorses Pete Buttigieg for president

by Kathy Pierre – Jan 28, 2020 (Anderson Independent Mail)

Anderson Mayor Terence Roberts is backing Democrat Pete Buttigieg for President, according to a press release.

“Pete will bring an attitude of personal accountability to Washington working daily to heal our nation by focusing on our shared values and collective goals,” Roberts said, according to the press release. “He is running to bring the same transformative approach he brought to his city to our country—and I’m proud to stand with him in that effort.”

Roberts, mayor of Anderson since 2006, said he met with Buttigieg last week in Columbia and liked his plans and experience.

“I think Pete understands the challenges that the country faces,” Roberts said. “I like the idea that he’s a mayor — has been a mayor and somewhat walked the same shoes as me in South Bend, Indiana, and I think that is paramount to trying to bring our country together.”

Roberts said he had conversations with Tom Steyer and Joe Biden’s staff, as well as endorsing Cory Booker prior to him dropping out of the race.

“I’ve felt an obligation to have those conversations with people who could be president of our country.”

For Roberts, the ways in which Buttigieg governed South Bend have been promising.

He never ducked an issue. If he had a difficult situation, he didn’t sidestep it. Just like a lot of us who are mayors, we have to listen to our constituents and listen to their frustrations. He’s done a good job of doing that and he’s changed a lot of things in South Bend.