Oliver Davis to run for South Bend mayor if Buttigieg leaves


SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) 6th District Councilman Oliver Davis has indicated that he’ll run for mayor of South Bend if Pete Buttigieg bows out early to head the Democratic National Committee.

The mayor had nothing new to say Tuesday about his interest in the job, but he said he expects to share more information later this week.

On December 13, Politico reported that Buttigieg had been taking calls and “listening and thinking about” a run for DNC chair.

South Bend for Oliver released the following statement on Tuesday:

The group, South Bend for Oliver, announces that South Bend Councilman Oliver Davis (D) is declaring that if Mayor Pete Buttigieg leaves his post here in South Bend and is chosen to become the next Democratic National Committee Chairperson, as recently reported by various local media sources, Councilman Oliver Davis will officially file the papers with the St. Joseph County Democratic Party to be considered for the Mayor of South Bend.

Currently serving in his 10th year, and third consecutive term, on the South Bend Common Council Oliver has worked hard to represent the 6th District and the residents of South Bend. Serving the citizens of South Bend is one of Oliver’s greatest honors. By listening to residents, Oliver is guided by the people. Oliver connects with the community.

Councilman Oliver is a proven leader who has worked hard to represent the City of South Bend and its residents.

In his commitment to serving South Bend’s residents, Oliver has helped to protect families by:

(1) Strengthening public safety;

(2) Promoting the rich diversity of our City;

(3) Fighting hard to resolve serious neighborhood issues for his constituents such as the horrible basement flooding that the residents suffered as a result of the ethanol plant.

Councilman Oliver advocated to save Elbel Golf Course and to preserve the Potawatomi Park land space. Oliver has also worked hard to encourage development and transportation growth throughout the City of South Bend.

Councilman Oliver believes that our Mayor and South Bend Common Council have worked together to improve the overall conditions in South Bend. These improvements come in many areas. By way of example, the City has promoted development and financial growth throughout our City of South Bend, as recently reported in the South Bend Tribune’s January 1, 2017 article “Building Boom”.

Therefore, if Mayor Pete leaves his City post to lead the Democratic National Committee (DNC), Councilman Oliver believes that our City of South Bend can continue to move forward successfully in the future. Oliver is prepared to give it his all to continue the forward movement of the City. Oliver is committed to working with the South Bend Common Council to produce the best results for South Bend.

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