FLORENCE, S.C. – “Mayor Pete” Buttigieg will not be stopping by Florence on Friday after all.
Late Thursday evening, it was announced that Buttigieg would be canceling his meet-and-greet stop in Florence because of a shooting in which a white police officer shot a black man in South Bend, Indiana, the city he serves as mayor.
Buttigieg is one of more than 20 Democrats running for that party’s nomination for president in the 2020 election.
The meet-and-greet was scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Friday at New Ebenezer Baptist Church.
Most of those candidates running will be in South Carolina to participate in the state’s Democratic convention held this weekend in Columbia. South Carolina’s Feb. 29, 2020 Democratic primary is the fourth overall primary, the first primary in the South and the first primary to be held where African-Americans will probably make up a plurality of the voters.
It is not yet known how Buttigieg's plans for the state Democratic convention will be affected.
Buttigieg announced his candidacy for president on April 14 after forming an exploratory committee in January. His campaign website divides the issues he wishes to tackle as president into three categories: freedom, security and democracy.
According to his website, Buttigieg believes in or supports universal health care, debt-free college, higher teacher pay, pay transparency, access to comprehensive reproductive health care, a new Wagner Act to support organized labor and defend those workers who wish to organize, passage of the Equality Act, reversing the ban on transgender military service, investing in a Green New Deal, comprehensive immigration reform and common-sense gun laws.
He also called for a “major federal investment in water and waste water infrastructure, transportation, rural broadband and climate adaptation and resilience. He also proposed to create a commission to propose reparations policies for African-Americans to close the racial wealth gap.
He is currently the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, home to the University of Notre Dame. He was elected in 2011 and re-elected in 2015. Buttigieg also served as an intelligence officer in the Navy Reserve from 2009-2017 during which he became a lieutenant and deployed to Afghanistan in 2014. He also served as a consultant from 2009-2013.
During his second term as mayor, Buttigieg revealed that he is gay. When he announced for president, became the first openly gay Democratic candidate to run for president. Buttigieg has been married to the former Chasten Glezman, a junior high teacher. The couple met on the dating app Hinge.