Buttigieg plans ‘grassroots conversation’

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Pete Buttigieg, a Democratic presidential candidate, is scheduled to hold a "grassroots conversation" at MVRHS Performing Arts Center.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Democratic presidential candidate for the 2020 election, will be on the Island Saturday, July 6, for what’s being called a “grassroots conversation.” From 4 to 5:30 pm, Buttigieg, the current mayor of South Bend, Ind., and one of the more than 20 Democratic candidates for president, will speak at the Performing Arts Center at MVRHS.

Tickets are available in levels. Students can grab tickets for $15, a supporter ticket goes for $25, to be a Champion, it is $100, and a co-host spot is $250. Ticket purchases are a direct contribution to Mayor Pete’s campaign, and must be purchased online prior to attendance — you can RSVP at bit.ly/PeteMV.

“There seems to be a real genuine excitement about Mayor Pete, and people wanting to meet him and hear him,” Laurie David, an environmental activist, friend of Buttigieg, and a resident of the Island, said. “The response has been incredible. Pretty soon we’re going to have a sold-out event.”

David’s personal connection with Buttigieg helped seal the deal for this event, and she is credited with its organization. “I’ve known Mayor Pete for three years. I had met him a few years ago when he was running for DNC chair, and I’ve been friends with him for awhile, and think the world of him,” she said. “I think he’s a once-in-a-generation candidate, and I want everyone to meet him.”

David said she believes it will be his first visit to the Vineyard, and that between his time at the PAC and a private event later that evening, she will make sure he takes in some of the Island’s best sights.

Any questions about the event can be addressed to RSVP@peteforamerica.com.