INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett endorsed fellow Hoosier Pete Buttigieg for president Thursday, as he filed the paperwork to get the South Bend Mayor on the ballot in Indiana.
“Pete's ability to identify innovative solutions, Pete's ability to work across ability and Pete's ability to give hope to all this disaffected with the status quo is exactly what our state and our country need right now,” Hogsett said.
The deadline to file to be on the Indiana ballot is noon Friday. Buttigieg joined former Vice President Joe Biden, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, entrepreneur Andrew Yang and billionaires Tom Steyer and Michael Bloomberg on the Indiana primary ballot.
“I do believe it's a risk, I'll be straight-up with you, for this party to nominate someone who's never held an office higher than mayor of a town with 100,000 people in Indiana,” Hogsett said of Buttigieg.
On the Republican side, President Donald Trump and Bill Weld have qualified for the primary.