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Gay Mayor Pete Buttigieg passes goal, now a contender in president race

Gay Mayor Pete Buttigieg passes goal, now a contender in president race

Pete Buttigieg

Mayor Pete Buttigieg is now officially a contender in president race.

The only LGBTI Democratic candidate running so far, he has hit his 65,000 donor goal.

This means he is the first openly gay presidential candidate to participate in the DNC Primary debates.

Pete Buttigieg reaches donor goal

Buttigieg is already impressing the American public.

A Rhodes scholar and veteran of the war in Afghanistan, the Mayor of South Bend can also speak eight languages.

His primary work as mayor has focused on redevelopment. At 37, he is the youngest presidential candidate in the race.

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) requires a minimum of 65,000 individual donors. If they meet that goal, a candidate invited to the debate stage happening in June.

Thousands donate to gay mayor’s campaign

A spokesman with the Pete for America Exploratory Committee says: ‘We are building a community that believes in this bold vision for the future.

‘There are tens of thousands of people (75,025 to be exact) around the country who invested because they believe a midwestern, millennial, war veteran, mayoral voice should be part of the conversation.’

Buttigieg added: ‘Thanks to you, we hit the @TheDemocrats 65,000 donor goal in order to be invited to the first debate.

‘But we are going to need to raise a lot more money to compete.’

On 11 March, Buttigieg had the largest fundraising day of his potential 2020 campaign. He exceeded $600,000 over 24 hours following CNN’s Town Hall.

However, there are a lot of Democratic candidates.

Twelve Democratic politicians have announced their run, including Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

Others include Julián Castro, John Delaney, Tulsi Gabbard, Kirsten Gillibrand, Jay Inslee, Amy Klobuchar and Beto O’Rourke.

See also

Bernie Sanders announces he’s running for president in 2020

LGBTI ally Cory Booker announces he will run for president in 2020

All the Democrats running for President in 2020 and their LGBTI records