South Bend mayor's race already heating up

It might have been a frigid day in South Bend, but the race for mayor is heating up.

Democrat Mark Dollinger and State Representative Ryan Dvorak filed paperwork to declare their candidacy for mayor of South Bend on Friday.

Dollinger says his 20 plus years of administrative experience and his time in the city of South Bend make him the perfect choice.

Dollinger used to run the city's Weed and Seed program.

He is now employed by work-one.

Dollinger said, "We're going to come up with straight talk, we're going to go to the voters, we're going to tell them, here's what we're going to do, this is who I am, what you see is what you get, and this is what we're going to do, so I look forward to open, honest debate.”

A larger crowd surrounded Dvorak than Dollinger.

Dvorak is in his fifth term as a Democratic State Representative.

He says his priorities are improving the educational system and spurring economic development.

After he filed his paperwork, He said he feels confident through internal polling that he has a strong lead in the race.

There are five candidates who have either turned in the proper paperwork or announced their intentions to run for the Mayor of South Bend.

Pete Buttigieg opened his campaign offices in downtown South Bend earlier this week.

Reverand Barrett Bery of Pentacostal Cathedral and St Joe County Councilman Mike Hamman have also announced their plans to run.

Based on the last filing period Buttigieg leads the fundraising effort.

He has more than $50,000 on hand compared to just over $13,000 for Mike Hamann and nearly $9,000 for Ryan Dvorak.

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