July 18th, 2019

The potential Presidential nominee spoke to a packed crowd at the Young Democrats of America Convention

INDIANAPOLIS — The Young Democrats of America (YDA) and Indiana Young Democrats (IYD) were joined by Pete Buttigieg who addressed the 2019 Young Democrats of America Convention in Indianapolis.


Mayor Buttegieg was first elected mayor in 2011 at only 29 years old and re-elected in 2015 with 80 percent of the vote. He is in his eighth and final year as Mayor of South Bend.


“They say young people are idealistic. But we’re not Democrats because of our idealism, we’re Democrats because of our reality,” said Mayor Buttigieg during his address.


“No matter your age, your orientation, or whether you grew up in small-town Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg is showing our nation that passion, drive, and a vision of change can have a major impact in American politics,” said Derek Camp, President of the Indiana Young Democrats. “Tonight, we’re thrilled to welcome Mayor Buttigieg to the stage as he joins us at the Young Democrats National Convention. Tomorrow, we’ll keep working to harness the energy of our Indiana Young Democrats, whether they’re running for City Council or President of the United States.”

“Mayor Pete Buttigieg proves that our generation isn’t content to wait our turn when the stakes are this high,” said Kristina Contreras Fox, Young Democrats of America Vice President. “Our generation has taken down the napkin, the chain restaurant, and the diamond industry. We’ll be the ones to take down Trump,” she continued. 


Mayor Buttigieg was preceded by Indianapolis City-County Council candidate and young Democrat leader Keith Potts.


IYD is the premier youth-led grassroots political organization in the state of Indiana. As the official youth caucus of the Indiana Democratic Party, IYD mobilizes young people between the ages of 18 and 35 to participate in the electoral process, influence elections, promote the ideals of the Democratic Party, and develop the skills of the youth generation to serve as leaders on local, state, and national levels.

The Young Democrats of America have over 150,000 members in 48 states and U.S. Territories. YDA’s mission is to elect Democrats, advocate for progressive issues, and train the next generation of progressive leaders. Founded in 1932, they are the largest partisan, youth-led political organization in America.