While numerous Congressional representatives and the state’s Senior Senator pledged their support behind former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign for the White House, five Mayors in Pennsylvania have announced their endorsement for South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
In a USA Today op-ed, more than 50 mayors across the country announced their support for Buttigieg’s quest for the Democratic nomination.
“As we face unprecedented challenges, America needs leadership in Washington that gets things done. That’s why we need a great mayor in the White House,” the op-ed written by Mayors Steve Adler (Austin, Texas), Christopher Cabaldon (West Sacramento, California), Nan Whaley (Dayton, Ohio), and Sly James (Kansas City, Missouri) starts out.
The five Mayors from the state that endorsed Buttigieg are Monessen Mayor Matt Shorraw, Brownsville Mayor Ross Swords, Jr, Doylestown Mayor Ron Strouse, Bernville Mayor Shawn Raup-Konsavage, and Bridgeport Mayor Mark Barbee. The combined estimated populations of all five towns are just over 23,000. Doylestown is the most populated of the five towns with an estimated population of 8,297, while the smallest is Bernville with an estimated population of 956 people.
The op-ed describes South Bend as a “quintessential American city” and that Buttigieg has put “practical solutions over partisan ideology” during his two terms leading the city in Indiana.
They also cite Buttigieg’s “heartland roots” as a positive and label his “Medicare For All Who Want It” as a “great example of advancing progressive goals with a commitment to achieving results.”
Biden earned the endorsements of Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) and Reps. Brendan Boyle (D-Philadelphia), Matt Cartwright (D-Lackwanna), and Dwight Evans (D-Philadelphia) shortly after he officially entered the race. No other Congressional representatives in Pennsylvania’s Democratic delegation have endorsed a different candidate for President, although Buttigieg did receive the endorsement from former Congressman Patrick Murphy (D-Bucks) in late July.
The former Vice President has also remained the front runner in the Democratic primary in Pennsylvania according to polling in the past couple of months from Emerson College poll, Morning Call/Muhlenberg College poll, and Franklin & Marshall College poll. Buttigieg was fourth in the Democratic primary in the Emerson poll conducted in late March, while placing fifth in both the Morning Call poll conducted in April and F&M poll in early August.