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The city of South Bend cut two ribbons Wednesday on the Technology Resource Center at Innovation Park.

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg got handed a virtual lightsaber, really a VR controller, to cut a ribbon coded by the South Bend Code School.

On the screen the ribbon turned into blue balloons. They also cut a real ribbon with the usual golden scissors for good measure.

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Mayor Pete Buttigieg opened his new presidential campaign office Thursday night in South Bend.

A large crowd gathered outside of the new ‘Pete For America’ campaign office to show their support. 

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South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and leaders of the City’s Common Council gave an update Wednesday night on affordable housing projects in the southeast neighborhood. 

The City partnered with organizations like 466 Works to help revamp the southeast neighborhood with new roads and affordable housing. Some homes are now up for sale.

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Pete Buttigieg spent some time in his home town Monday to celebrate the uniquely South Bend version of Dyngus Day.

Dyngus Day is a Polish holiday celebrating the end of Lent with eating, drinking, dancing and otherwise making merry. Historically in South Bend the large groups of working class voters who coming out for Dyngus Day so close to primary election day are irresistible to politicians and the holiday has turned into a political one.

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UPDATE:  Candidates for office in South Bend are making the rounds today for Dyngus Day. The municipal primary is just about two weeks away. 

Candidates are meeting voters on the traditionally Polish Holiday.

Dyngus Day or Solidarity Day is the Polish celebration of the end of Lent.

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South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg launched his new book at an event at the Century Center Sunday. The conversation focused on the book, but highlighted his talking points in his presidential politics.

Buttigieg announced his exploratory committee for a presidential run about a month ago. Since that point he’s made the circuit of news stations and a trip to Iowa. But on Sunday afternoon in South Bend he was in front of a hometown crowd, trying to translate mayor into president.


South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s book, Shortest Way Home, hit shelves this weekend, and he kicked it off with an event at the Century Center yesterday.


“What I see is a national picture where people want something completely different. There’s a real appetite, especially in my party for something entirely new.”


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South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg announced an exploratory commission for president today. Watchers in Michiana and beyond have been expecting such an announcement.

WVPE’s Jennifer Weingart caught one of them on the phone. Dave Campbell is the Chair of the University of Notre Dame’s political science department.


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 South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg announced an exploratory committee for a Presidential run in a video posted online this morning.

Buttigieg (pronounced: Bhudda-Judge) has been making moves toward a presidential run for a while now. He made a failed run for DNC chair in 2017, declared last month he wouldn’t run for a third term as mayor and has written a campaign book set to come out February 12.

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South Bend Mayor Pete Buttiegieg will be skipping the Indiana Democratic Party Convention this weekend and will instead be getting married.

Buttigieg is marrying his partner Chasten Glezman at the Cathedral of Saint James Episcopal Church in South Bend. The ceremony will be livestreamed on the church’s YouTube channel.

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South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg touted past successes and laid out plans for new initiatives at last night’s state of the city address.

Buttigieg covered a lot of ground in his state of the city address. He talked about success with the new department of Venues, Parks and Arts, bringing American Airlines back and the city’s double-A bond rating...among others.