‘Mayor Pete’s’ improbable rise stirs applause, frustration in hometown

Article Link: https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/politics/2020/02/16/mayor-pete-buttigiegs-improbable-rise-election-south-bend-indiana/4693301002/

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South Bend, Indiana—Between bites of a grilled cheese sandwich, Oliver Davis leans back in a corner booth and remembers his first encounter with Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor turned candidate for president. Buttigieg’s quick rise from political unknown to city leader to presidential contender has put his hometown in the spotlight, prompting self-reflection by city residents and national scrutiny of local debates that would normally stay within a city’s borders. But Buttigieg’s supporters tout him as an outsider who has gotten things done and stands out from the other Democrats. They have said the media have improperly portrayed race issues in South Bend.