Va. lawmakers endorse Pete Buttigieg before his upcoming visit to Richmond

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Mayor Pete Buttigieg, one of the 24 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), 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. 

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. 

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