The Democratic Party of Virginia on Monday announced that Pete Buttigieg, South Bend Mayor also a presidential candidate for 2020 elections, would be speaking at the party’s fundraiser to be held in June.
The fundraiser event also known as the Blue Commonwealth Gala is scheduled to take place on June 15 at Richmond historic Main Street Station. It aims to celebrate the success of Virginian Democrats and highlight the work that has to be accomplished and accordingly, raise money for Virginia’s legislative race.
This year is considered to be of great importance for the control of the state legislature. All of the 100 seats in the House of Delegates and 40 in the state Senate will be on the ballot in November.
While Republicans hold a two-seat majority in each chamber, the Democrats have been pushing hard to seize control. However, in the wake of the scandals that appeared in February, the public opinion of the three Democrats, Gov. Ralph Northam, Attorney General Mark Herring, and Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, has been dropped drastically and their ability to raise significant cash for their campaigns is still in question.
The announcement about the fundraiser made its way just a day after Pete Buttigieg officially launched his presidential campaign. The veteran mayor from the Midwest has been the first and the youngest entrant in an already crowded field of Democratic candidates. (INTERLINK 2)
Within four hours of his speech on Sunday, his supporters contributed more than $1 million to his campaign, increasing his worth as a strong candidate. Ironically, he received less than one percent support in the polls held a few months ago.
With all the support, he casted his candidacy as a direct challenge to Trump’s campaign with the slogan “Make America Great Again”. He stressed on his belief that a generational change and an entirely different political figure is required to lead the country.
Susan Swecker, chairperson of Democratic Party of Virginia in a written statement, said that the Virginian Democrats have been excited to welcome Mayor Pete Buttigieg to speak at their signature annual event. The funds raised in this event would ensure that the Democratic Party and its candidates have the resources needed to win the elections.
“We look forward to Mayor Buttigieg energizing our activists and leaders as we turn our attention to victory. We hope many of Mayor Buttigieg’s fellow Democratic candidates join him in Richmond on June 15th and support electing Virginia Democrats this November,” Susan said.
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