Mayor Pete Buttigieg files for re-election

By WNDU News

January 20, 2015 at 6:59 p.m.

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SOUTH BEND, Ind.--- South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg filed paperwork on Tuesday morning to seek a second term as South Bend's mayor.

Buttigieg was first elected in November 2011 after securing 74 percent of the vote in the general election.

He says he is very excited to be able to serve the community again with a lot of work to do in the next four years.

“It's really exciting,” says Buttigieg. “I can't believe that four years have gone by since I ran the first time. When we ran, it was all about launching a fresh start for South Bend. I think we've been able to deliver on that promise but we know our work isn't done. So, here's our chance to keep moving South Bend forward and take things to the next level for our great city.”

According to a press release sent out by Buttigieg, the city has seen strong economic development successes and the announcement of 1,349 jobs last year alone.

The city has tackled blight by addressing 750 vacant and abandoned homes with a combination of repair efforts and demolitions.

On customer service, the city has launched programs like the 311 phone line to make it easier for residents and businesses to get quick answers and results.

From a fiscal standpoint, South Bend’s finances remain among the strongest in the state.

While 2011 was about a fresh start for the community, 2015 will be a year of celebration as the city marks its 150th anniversary.

Meanwhile, the election season will be an opportunity for the community to come together around a shared vision of cooperative government to move the city forward.

In a recent message to supporters, Mayor Buttigieg wrote, “We have only begun to unlock the potential of our community. What we do now will set the tone for the half-century to come.”

No one else has filed to run against him at this time.