Chasten Buttigieg to fundraise in Michigan

    South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg | Andrew Roth

    The husband of presidential hopeful and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Chasten Buttigieg, is coming back to Michigan for a private June 13 fundraiser, according to an Ingham County Democrats’ advertisement.

    Although he now lives in South Bend, Ind., Chasten Buttigieg grew up in Traverse City and will now be returning to his home state to raise money for his spouse’s presidential bid in the crowded field of 23 Democratic contenders. Pete Buttigieg has yet to campaign across the border in Michigan.

    Tickets range from $80 to $1,250 for a dinner and cocktail party at the University Club of Michigan State University at 3435 Forest Rd. in Lansing, the event’s donation page shows.

    Chasten Buttigieg has worked as a teacher in Chicago and South Bend and as a drama teacher at Montessori Academy Edison Lakes, according to a Facebook event page for the fundraiser.

    Michigan has become a frequent campaign stop for not just 2020 Democratic hopefuls, but also for President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign in its efforts to retain the Midwestern “blue wall” it captured in 2016.

    Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have both visited Michigan in 2019 to tout Trump’s achievements during his time in office, as the Michigan Advance reported.

    U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is scheduled to campaign in Lansing and Detroit on Tuesday.

    Clockwise: Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker and Beto O’Rourke

    The Advance has also covered visits from U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), former U.S. Rep. Beto O-Rourke (D-Texas), U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), businessman Andrew Yang, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), and U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.).

    Maryland’s former U.S. Rep. John Delaney, former Miramar, Fla., Mayor Wayne Messam and self-help guru Marianne Williamson also have visited the state this year.

    Current frontrunner former Vice President Joe Biden has not yet visited Michigan.


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