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Northeast / Books: Meet Author Pete Buttigieg
February 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm UTC+0
Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., made history in January when he became the first out LGBTQ candidate for president. Buttigieg is a longshot, but he gained attention and respect in 2017 during a bid to become chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
Buttigieg was first elected mayor in 2011 at only 29 years old and re-elected in 2015 with 80 percent of the vote. Over the seven years that Buttigieg has been mayor, South Bend went from being called one of America’s 10 dying communities by Newsweek to seeing its fastest pace of population and investment growth in recent memory.
Buttigieg’s new book, “Shortest Way Home: One Mayor’s Challenge and a Model for America’s Future,” interweaves two once-unthinkable success stories: that of an Afghanistan veteran who came out and found love and acceptance, all while in office, and that of a Rust Belt city so thoroughly transformed that it shatters the way we view America’s so-called flyover country.