Gay Democrat Pete Buttigieg, (pictured above right) the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is forming an exploratory committee for a 2020 presidential bid.
“The reality is there’s no going back, and there’s no such thing as ‘again’ in the real world. We can’t look for greatness in the past,” Buttigieg says in a video that includes before-and-after footage of South Bend, a Rust Belt city once described as “dying.”
“Right now our country needs a fresh start,” he says.
Buttigieg is a Rhodes scholar who was first elected mayor of his hometown in 2011 at age 29 — making him the youngest mayor of a U.S. city with at least 100,000 residents. A lieutenant in the Navy Reserve, he served a tour in Afghanistan in 2014.
If he were to win the Democratic nomination, Buttigieg would be the first openly gay presidential nominee from a major political party.