Austin Mayor Steve Adler has given his endorsement to South Bend, Indiana mayor and Democratic hopeful Pete Buttigieg, who officially announced his campaign for president on Sunday.

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Mayor Adler is at the event in South Bend to introduce Mayor Buttigieg as he makes his Democratic run for president official.

The 37-year-old Rhodes Scholar and Afghanistan war veteran has surged from a little-known local politician to a high-profile contender in the 2020 race. He grew up in South Bend and is in his second term as mayor.

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Back in January, he announced a presidential exploratory committee – the first step toward an official candidacy.

Buttigieg is planning to return this week in early-voting Iowa and New Hampshire, but now as a full-fledged candidate who’s being taken more seriously.

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