Pete Buttigieg picks up 3 Michigan endorsements

    Pete Buttigieg at the NAACP candidate forum | Andrew Roth

    South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg has been endorsed for president by three Michigan mayors: Rosalynn Bliss of Grand Rapids, Jim Carruthers of Traverse City and Beth Bashert of Ypsilanti.

    Buttigieg rolled out a list of more than 50 mayoral endorsements early Wednesday. They also wrote an op-ed in USA Today, writing, “We have watched Mayor Pete over the last eight years as his steady and inspired leadership has revitalized his city.”

    Michigan donors fuel Buttigieg’s presidential campaign

    As the Advance previously reported, Buttigieg had more itemized campaign contributions from Michigan donors in the second quarter of 2019 than any other Democratic candidate. He raised about $230,000 in the state before June 30. He’s raised about $32 million nationally, making him the No. 3 recipient of campaign contributions among Democratic presidential candidates.

    Susan J. Demas is a 19-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 3,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 60 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.


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