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5 PA Mayors Back Mayor Pete

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 pollMorning 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.

7 Responses

  1. The endorsement from Matt Sharrow of Monessen is an embarrassment for Buttigieg. Sharrow hasn’t appeared at a council meeting for over a year. His negligence is the topic of petitions to the PA attorney general and governor. The council is also lobbying the General Assembly for a change to the state constitution to oust Sharrow.

  2. Polls are a snippet in time. Old polls are useless to base any prediction on. Things are changing daily. I’m sure the more the voting public learns about Biden’s 40 year record, the more they will reconsider their choice. We are already starting to see things move nationally.

  3. Mayor Pete would be an interesting VP pick. I’d pay to watch him debate that homophobic pr*ck Pence.

    1. he ads nothing to the ticket. he won’t carry Indiana or the midwest. Pete is running for governor. this is a prep for 2024, a trail run if you will

      1. Actually, he would be good for the youth vote and generational change with all the old people leading the race for President. Also, he is extremely good at articulating Democratic values, and deconstructing GOP false narratives.

        I’m not saying he’s the best VP pick, just that he would destroy Pence in a debate.

        1. I can’t believe I agree with David. I believe Pete would be a great choice for VP. He would deliver the young, who do all the real work. They are also the ones who push gun reform and climate change. I am 92 years old but agree with the 20 to 50 year olds that we need some youthful decisions. I’ll vote for anyone that’s the nominee, but hope I still have a choice with our late primary.

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