Pete Buttigieg, the Indiana mayor and 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful, took to the streets of South Bend on Tuesday to fill in potholes while attempting to underscore his commitment to local issues.
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“We’ve been weighing in on a lot of national issues, even international issues, but right now we’re talking about something that is literally as down to earth as it gets, and a big part of what mayors around the country are dealing with, and that is the common pothole,” Buttigieg said in a video stream of the activity posted to social media.
Over the course of the four-and-a-half minute video, Buttigieg demonstrated how to fill a pothole by clearing the area of debris, applying material to hold the fresh asphalt in place, shoveling asphalt onto the pothole and tamping it down.
He also explained how residents can report potholes and noted that most Indiana roads could benefit from additional sustained infrastructure funding.
Contending with one of the leading enemies of the American mayor: the common pothole. https://t.co/FYld6Q72pG
— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) February 5, 2019
Buttigieg announced last month the creation of an exploratory committee to run for president. The South Bend mayor, who previously served in the Navy, was first elected in 2011 at age 29. He unsuccessfully ran for Democratic National Committee chairman in 2017.
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