Alexandria, VA – The 2020 U.S. presidential election is a ways off, but that hasn’t stopped a group of Alexandria’s state and Congressional elected officials from making endorsements. The latest is from Virginia State Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-30), who endorsed Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., for president.
“Today I am proud to offer my endorsement of Mayor Pete Buttigieg for President of the United States,” Ebbin said. “Mayor Buttigieg understands that freedom is a progressive value: freedom from government interference in a woman’s reproductive rights; freedom from discrimination against the LGBTQ community; freedom from crippling healthcare costs.”
Buttigieg, 37, is attending private fundraisers in Alexandria on Friday. His first endorsement from Congress came from an influential Northern Virginian – U.S. Rep. Don Beyer. In the Commonwelth, the Congressman is also endorsed by Del. Mark Keam (D-35) and Virginia Beach City Councilwoman Andria McClellan.
“While the Democratic field is ripe with inspiring leaders, Mayor Buttigieg is a generational talent who will advance our shared vision for America,” Ebbin said. “Throughout my political career I have had the opportunity to work with only a handful of candidates who simultaneously embody pragmatic progressive reform and possess both the strong commitment to our nation formed by service, and the ability to effectively outline achievable aspirations. For two years, the Trump administration’s callous cynicism and corruption has shaken the belief of many that such leaders still exist.”
Buttigieg is one of 24 Democrats currently vying for the nomination, and isn’t the first Democratic presidential hopeful to sail through Alexandria. In April, former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke conducted a town hall.
Buttigieg will also speak in Richmond at the Democratic Party of Virginia’s Blue Commonwealth Gala this weekend.