Running for Democratic presidential primary
Pete Buttigieg is the Mayor of South Bend, Indiana. Buttigieg is openly gay, young, and a veteran of the war in Afghanistan. He is in a unique position as a moderate Democrat. As mayor, some of his decisions regarding the police department in South Bend have made his relationship with the Black community contentious. During his first term, he fired the city’s first Black police chief, who had allegedly recorded phone conversations between some white officers in the department who were using bigoted language. Since then, Buttigieg has taken a moderate stance on criminal and racial justice issues.