Gay Mayor Pete Buttigieg Announces His Bid for 2020 Presidency

Openly gay Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg has announced he will run for President in 2020, reported the Wall Street Journal.

The Afghanistan veteran emphasized his youth – he’s only 37 years old – in a video posted to social media announcing his presidential bid.

“[My generation is] the generation that lived through school shootings, that served in the wars after 9/11, and we’re the generation that stands to be the first to make less than our parents unless we do something different,” Buttigieg said in the video.

“There’s a new generation of voices emerging in our country,” he continued, “walking away from the politics of the past and ready to deliver on our priorities… We’re ready for a fresh start.”

If he snags the Democratic nomination, he will become the first openly gay presidential nominee for a major party.  However, the odds don’t seem to be in his favor; the mayor even said so himself. In an email to his supporters, he said he was “aware of the odds” against him, as he’s a mayor of a town of around 100,000 people (South Ben, Indiana) up against high-profile Democrats like Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris.

“But I am exploring this run because I can offer a different experience and perspective than anyone else,” he continued. “I believe that at a moment like this, underdog campaigns will go further than the establishment would normally allow.”