Mayoral Candidates to Debate Thursday

By Kevin Allen, The South Bend Tribune

October 26, 2011

SOUTH BEND -- Voters will have an opportunity Thursday to size up the three candidates running to be South Bend's next mayor.

Democrat Pete Buttigieg, Republican Wayne Curry and Libertarian Patrick Farrell will debate from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Indiana University South Bend. The event will be in Room 225 of the Student Activities Center.

Buttigieg, 29, is a former business consultant with McKinsey and Co. He was born and raised in South Bend, graduated from Harvard University and studied economics as a Rhodes Scholar in England.

He was the Democratic nominee for state treasurer last year, but he lost in the general election to incumbent Republican Richard Mourdock.

Curry, 50, is a carpenter and construction contractor. He has lived in South Bend since 1989 and has been involved in several neighborhood groups and community initiatives.

Curry ran unsuccessfully for South Bend Common Council in 2007 and St. Joseph County Council in 2008.

Farrell, 63, is semi-retired after managing local car dealerships for 36 years. He was born and raised in South Bend and earned a degree in public and environmental affairs at IUSB.

This is Farrell's first run for political office.

This year's South Bend mayoral election is the first since 1987 without an incumbent on the ballot.

Mayor Stephen Luecke, the longest-serving mayor in the city's history, is not seeking re-election this year. He has been in office 15 years.

Election Day is Nov. 8.

Learn more about the candidates at www.peteforsouthbend.com, www.waynecurry4mayor.com and www.farrellforsb.com.

Audience members will be allowed to submit questions for the candidates at the debate. The event's sponsors, the American Democracy Project and Political Science Club of IUSB and the League of Women Voters of the South Bend Area, also have prepared questions.

Watch online

Thursday night's forum with the South Bend mayoral candidates will be streamed live at http://tinyurl.com/SB-Mayor.

The forum will be archived HERE.