By Pete for South Bend
March 16, 2011
FORMER MAYORAL CANDIDATE MARK DOLLINGER ENDORSES BUTTIGIEG FOR MAYOR
SOUTH BEND—Today, former Democratic mayoral candidate Mark Dollinger endorsed Pete Buttigieg for mayor of South Bend.
“He has economic development experience,” Dollinger said of Buttigieg. “I believe he can bridge the gap from South Bend’s largely industrial past to an economy focused on the types of new jobs and new employers our city will need to be successful in the future.”
Dollinger, 51, is currently the business services representative at Work One Center, where he links local job seekers and area employers together. Previously, he was the coordinator of the South Bend Weed & Seed Alliance, Inc., working closely with neighborhood leaders, public officials, and students to “weed” out crime from an area and replace it with community involvement and block redevelopment.
“Having Mark’s support means a lot,” Buttigieg told a group of supporters gathered at his downtown campaign headquarters. “He has been deeply involved in trying to turn around our neighborhoods and create more economic opportunity for people looking for a solid job in our community. The major focus of my campaign is to create a new economic direction for South Bend.”
Dollinger withdrew from the mayoral race in late January.