NewsCenter 16 caught up with several of the candidates for South bend mayor as they filled out their ballots Tuesday morning.
Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg made his picks at the polling site in Notre Dame’s Joyce Center.
He says it has been a long, but worthwhile, journey to get to this day.
“I feel good, feel confident. Everything we’ve done leads up to this day,” says Buttigieg. “I’ve got a great team, we’re well prepared and now we’ve just got to turn out our voters.”
Democratic candidate Ryan Dvorak also voted at the Joyce Center, with his family by his side.
He says it is great that there has been so much interest in the campaign this year.
“I think it’s good for the city. I think people are really engaged in how we can turn South Bend around and the fact that there’s a lot of interest I think is important because we need everyone in the city involved to make these changes,” says Dvorak. “So I think everyone is pretty excited about it.”
Meantime, Democratic candidate Mike Hamann voted at the M.R. Falcons Hall.
On Monday night, Hamann made his first public appearance since his wife Mary died in Paraguay nearly two weeks ago.
Hamann declined to speak with us Tuesday morning.
He won’t be campaigning during the day, but he will spend the evening with family and friends to watch the returns.
Democratic candidate Barrett Berry also headed out to the polls, submitting his ballot at the Good Shepherd Montessori School.
He said, “There were some early polls about 6-7 weeks ago and they misled individuals. So some people think they are at the forefront of this race, but actually it's the people. We are the people's candidate and the people have already spoken. We have their hearts. We connected with them heart to heart, mind to mind, and people are moving forward behind our campaign.”
Berry says no matter how the race turns out, he already feels like a winner with his name on the ballot.