CONWAY — Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-South Bend, Ind.) is returning to the Granite State for three days starting Friday, and is scheduled to make his first visit to Carroll County on Sunday morning.
Buttigieg, 37, is seeking to be the Democratic nominee for president.
On Sunday, he is slated to attend a house party at 11:15 a.m., at the home of Pat Pustell, at 36 Navajo Trail, Ossipee. The event, which is hosted by the Greater Ossipee Democrats, is open to the public, and you can RSVP at tinyurl.com/y5wy8fua.
Buttigieg is also scheduled to make campaign stops on Friday at the American Legion Henry J. Sweeney Post in Manchester at 1:30 p.m. and at the John O’Leary Adult Community Center in Merrimack at 3:15 p.m, followed by a town hall in Nashua at 6 p.m.
He has three events set for Saturday, beginning with a house party in Hancock at 9:30 a.m., followed by one in Cornish at 2:30 p.m., and wrapping up with a town hall in Hanover at 6 p.m.
According to the 2020 New Hampshire Candidate Tracker, Buttigieg has made 21 visits to the Granite State, most recently on July 12 for four events in Rye, Dover, Rochester and Laconia.
Buttigieg threw his hat in the ring April 14.
If elected, Buttigieg would become the youngest and first openly gay president.
“We need to secure a future in which every American has the freedom to live a life of their choosing; where our republic grows more and not less democratic; where racial justice is a reality and not a dream; where we’ve put an end to endless war; where we’ve summoned the national will to meet the challenge of climate change; where everyone has the health care they need; and where everyone has the chance to find purpose and belonging in our economy and our country,” Buttigieg states on his website.
In a CNN poll released Tuesday, Buttigieg was tied for fourth with California Sen. Kamala Harris at 5 percent; They trailed former Vice President Joe Biden, who had 29 percent; Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, 15 percent; and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, 14 percent.
Other Democrats seeking the nomination are Michael Bennet, Cory Booker, Steve Bullock, Julian Castro, Bill de Blasio, John Delaney, Tulsi Gabbard, Kirsten Gillibrand, John Hickenlooper, Jay Inslee, Amy Klobuchar, Seth Moulton, Beto O’Rourke, Tim Ryan, Tom Steyer, Marianne Williamson and Andrew Yang.
After graduating from Harvard University, and then from Pembroke College, Oxford, England, on a Rhodes Scholarship, Buttigieg worked as a consultant at McKinsey and Co., according to Wikipedia. From 2009-17 he served as an intelligence officer in the Navy Reserve, attaining the rank of lieutenant and deploying to Afghanistan for seven months in 2014.
For his counterterrorism work, Buttigieg earned the Joint Service Commendation Medal.
Following the deadly mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, earlier this month, Buttigieg reiterated his plan for stiffer gun laws.
He wants to make background checks universal and close the loopholes that allow dangerous individuals to acquire and keep guns, would ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, supports red flag laws that disarm domestic abusers, would establish a nationwide gun licensing system and wants to resume federal funding for gun violence research.
“In the two decades since Columbine, America has barely changed its national gun laws, besides letting an assault weapons ban expire,” Buttigieg states in his plan unveiled Aug. 6. “As a veteran, I know that military-grade weapons have no place in our neighborhoods. The same is true for high-capacity magazines, some of which can hold up to 100 rounds of ammunition and significantly increase a shooter’s ability to injure and kill large numbers of people quickly without needing to reload. We’ve already decided that certain weaponry — like tanks and rockets — are unacceptable in civilian hands. Congress should similarly reinstitute a federal assault weapons ban and ban magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.”
Buttigieg and his husband, Chasten, live in South Bend with two rescue dogs, Truman and Buddy.
To learn about Buttigieg’s campaign, go to peteforamerica.com.