Buttigieg Throws Hat in Ring For DNC Chair

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South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has entered the running for the top position in the Democratic National Committee. Buttigieg, who is also an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve, is in his second term as mayor and took office in 2012 at the age of 29.

The now 34-year-old Buttigieg is vying for the position previously held by Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida. A statement on the website dedicated to his DNC campaign says "Pete is running for Chair because we need new leadership to deliver a fresh start for our party. He knows that the solutions we need to rebuild our Party will be found in our states and in local communities across America. It's time to move forward and begin building our future together."

Buttigieg earned a Joint Service Commendation Medal for his service dealing with counterterrorism in Afghanistan in 2014. The deployment caused him to take a leave of absence from the city for almost a year.

Buttigieg attended St. Joseph's High School in South Bend, graduated with a bachelor's degree in history and literature from Harvard and studied philosophy, economics and politics at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Prior to becoming mayor, he worked for New York-based consulting firm McKinsey & Co. in economic development, energy, retail and logistics.

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