‘Anyone’s Guess As to How This Is Going To Go’: Mayor Pete Buttigieg in Alexandria

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Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, at a fundraiser at the Hilton Old Town, June 14, 2019. (Photo by James Cullum)

Alexandria, VA- A couple days ago, Alexandria Mayor Justin Wilson was running between meetings when he received a call on his cell phone. The caller identified himself as Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and Democratic presidential candidate. At first Wilson thought the call was a prank.

The grassroots fundraiser for Democratic Presidential hopeful Mayor Pete Buttigieg at the Hilton Old Town, June 14, 2019. (Photo by James Cullum)

“He said he calls mayors when he comes in to a new town,” Wilson said, adding that a mutual friend gave Buttegieg his number. “So, we had a good talk, he’s a good guy. He asked how my term was going, I asked him how his tour around the country is going, and I said that mayors around the country are very excited.”

A group of 15 seniors from the Wakefield High School Young Democrats attended the grassroots fundraiser for Democratic Presidential hopeful Mayor Pete Buttigieg at the Hilton Old Town, June 14, 2019. (Photo by James Cullum)

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The 37-year-old Buttigieg, who launched his campaign two months ago, was met by more than 600 people in a packed conference room at the Hilton Old Town. He was introduced by U.S. Rep. Don Beyer (D-8), State Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-30), Del. Mark Keam (D-35) and Virginia Beach City Councilwoman Andria McClellan.

State Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-30th) (Photo by James Cullum)
Del. Mark Keam (D-35) (Photo by James Cullum)
Virginia Beach City Councilwoman Andria McClellan. (Photo by James Cullum)
U.S. Rep. Don Beyer (D-8th), speaking at the Hilton Old Town, endorsed Pete Buttigieg for president. (Photo by James Cullum)
Musse Yimer, 18, a senior at Wakefield High School, at a fundraiser for Democratic Presidential hopeful Mayor Pete Buttigieg at the Hilton Old Town, June 14, 2019. (Photo by James Cullum)

“It’s anybody’s guess as to how this is going to go,” Buttigieg said of the primary process. “Having a good showing in those early states is going to be vitally important.”

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.

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Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, at a fundraiser at the Hilton Old Town, June 14, 2019. (Photo by James Cullum)
Ileana Mendez reads Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s book at the Hilton Old Town. (Photo by James Cullum)
(Left to right) Barrett Fife, Alexandria City Councilor John Taylor Chapman and Denise Jones. (Photo by James Cullum)
T.C. Williams High School senior Hannah Miller chose questions for Mayor Pete Buttigieg to answer. (Photo by James Cullum)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, at a fundraiser at the Hilton Old Town, June 14, 2019. (Photo by James Cullum)