LIMA — Lima Mayor David Berger announced his endorsement of South Bend mayor and Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg during the City of Lima’s weekly press conference Wednesday.
Berger, who is an active member of the National Conference of Mayors, said his support stems from personally meeting Buttigieg and working beside him in the past on a number of issues concerning Rust Belt cities like Lima, such as unfunded mandates and environmental regulations.
“After nearly eight years under Mayor Pete’s leadership, the City of South Bend has re-positioned itself as a beacon for those ideals and heritage,” Berger said. “Our country needs a leader with personal integrity who will unite and advocate for the best interests of all Americans, who will fight for working families and who has a demonstrated capacity to solve problems with demonstrated and effective ways.”
In an op-ed released Wednesday morning by USA Today, Berger joined more than 50 other mayors across the nation who publicly endorsed Buttigieg. Other Ohio mayors signing onto Wednesday’s endorsement include mayors Nan Whaley of Dayton and John Cranley of Cincinnati.
“I know Mayor Pete’s approach to issues is collaborative. He’s looking to, in fact, bring our country together in ways that are effective. He’s an individual that I admire greatly,” Berger said.
Buttigieg, known informally as Mayor Pete, is currently polling in fourth place behind former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., among the still crowded field of Democratic primary candidates, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
Tara Jones contributed to this article. Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.