Buttigieg won't seek 3rd term, fueling 2020 speculation

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU, AP) - There will be no ‘three-Pete.’

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg on Monday announced that he would not seek a third term in office.

“I believe that body of work will stand as having contributed to this turnaround decade that our city has had,” the mayor said during a morning news conference. “We were able to build a team that helped change the trajectory of our city.”

Perhaps the future of downtown South Bend is arguably brighter because one-way streets are now a thing of the past.

More than $50 million worth of public park improvements are underway amid continued strong private sector investment on projects like Three Twenty at the Cascade.

“For most of the decade now, I have given everything I can to helping the city into a new future, and I love this job and I’m mindful it may well be the best job I’ll ever have but it’s also not the kind of job you do forever,” Buttigieg announced. “I’d hate, as a person who ran for office saying that we needed a fresh start, I’d hate not to be the one to recognize that now is my turn, as those before me did, to pass the torch and pave the way for a new successor.”

That paving process could take a while. Buttigieg has one year and two weeks left on his second term.

“My expectation is to serve through these next 54 weeks and use them to the absolute maximum to keep delivering,” he said.

Buttigieg did not rule out the possibility that he could serve as an office holder and candidate for office at the same time.

Buttigieg said he wasn’t sure if he would play a public role in choosing a successor.

“Just as someone who lives here, and as a voter as well as somebody of course cares about our momentum, I really want to see people step forward who have a game plan for the city, who put the city first, who recognizes that this is not a title, but a job,” he said.

The mayor refused to talk about a possible run for president in 2020, preferring to take up that subject after the end of the year.

Earlier version:
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg says he won't seek a third term, fueling speculation he may run for president in 2020.

Buttigieg announced Monday he won't seek re-election next year, but he didn't reveal his future political plans .

The 36-year-old gained national attention as he campaigned for Democratic National Committee chairman last year . He dropped out of that race just before voting started.

Buttigieg is scheduled to speak Saturday at an Iowa political dinner along with other potential Democratic presidential candidates. He also spoke at a Progress Iowa event last year.

Buttigieg is a Rhodes scholar who served in Afghanistan in 2014 as a Naval Reserve officer. He married his husband, Chasten Glezman, in June.

Asked Monday whether he'd comment about a possible presidential bid he replied "nope."

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12/17/2018 12:07:52 PM (GMT -5:00)