By FOX 28 News
Four Democrats have officially announced their intentions to run for South Bend mayor next year.
One of those is St. Joseph County Council member Mike Hamann. Hamann announced his candidacy at a news conference Thursday in the lobby of the County-City building.
He says, if elected, job creation will be his top priority. He would also focus on crime and education.
"We can talk all we want about job growth and economic development, trying to get business people here, but if they're not sold on our educational system, they're not going to come here," Hamann said.
Hamann is a longtime school teacher.
State representative Ryan Dvorak, economic development consultant Pete Buttigieg and Work One official Mark Dollinger have also officially announced their candidacies. Minister Barrett Berry says he's interested in running, but has not made a final decision.