RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Pete Buttigieg, one of the 23 Democrats vying for the 2020 presidential nomination, will visit Richmond this weekend to speak at the Democratic Party of Virginia’s Blue Commonwealth Gala. Before visiting the state capital, Buttigieg has already received multiple endorsements from elected officials in Virginia. 

In April, Buttigieg won the support of Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.). Beyer, the three-term congressman from Virginia’s 8th District, said with Buttigieg he feels “the promise of a new generation” and that he sees “a way out of the darkness.” 

State Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) described the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Ind., as “a generational talent” Thursday in his endorsement on Twitter. Another state lawmaker, Del. Mark Keam (D-Fairfax), also shared his praise for Mr. Buttigieg and announced his endorsement on social media

“I met Pete Buttigieg soon after he was first elected Mayor of South Bend, and over the past eight years, I’ve admired how well he has excelled in leading his city,” Del. Keam, who was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 2009, wrote on Facebook. 

Andria McClellan, a Norfolk City Council member since 2016, also tweeted her support for Buttigieg ahead of his trip to Richmond. 

Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, another candidate in the Democratic presidential primary, will also speak at the gala. The Blue Commonwealth Gala will be held on June 15 at the Richmond Main Street Station. 

2020 Watch is a series tracking all Presidential candidates as they travel through the Commonwealth. As more candidates come to Virginia, there will be a daily rundown of campaign events. The series will also feature one-on-one interviews with the candidates. Each candidate was given the same opportunity to come to the WRIC studios and talk about issues that hit home for every day Virginians. 

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