Pete Buttigieg's Meteoric Political Rise

Pete Buttigieg's Meteoric Political Rise

How the mayor of a small city in Indiana became a front-runner for the Democratic nomination.


Pete Buttigieg is not your typical Presidential candidate.

Buttigieg rose to prominence in the 2017 race for Chair of the Democratic National Committee, where he placed third. Still, Buttigieg's candidacy brought him national attention and piqued the interest of Democratic heavyweights like David Axelrod and Eric Garcetti. Buttigieg entered the race as a through-and-through underdog. The highest elected office he has held is the office of Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, a city of just over 100,000 people. Now he's trying to make the jump from Mayor to President of the United States.

Buttigieg's unique background has classified him as a rising Democratic star.

Buttigieg is 37 years old, meaning if he was elected, he would be the youngest person to ever hold the office of the Presidency. He would also make history as the first openly gay President in American history. Buttigieg is a graduate of Harvard and Pembroke College, Oxford, the latter of which he received a prestigious Rhodes scholarship to attend. During his term as mayor, Buttigieg took a seven-month leave of absence in 2014 when he was deployed to Afghanistan after having been commissioned as a naval intelligence officer in the Naval Reserves since 2009. He is also proficient in Spanish, Italian, Maltese, Arabic, Farsi, and French, he speaks a little bit of Norwegian as well. Combining all of these features, the media began to buzz about Buttigieg's future career prospects, even sparking buzz of a Presidential run which was confirmed with his formal campaign announcement on April 14th.

Buttigieg on the cover of New York Magazine

Buttigieg has become a darling of the mainstream media, increasing his standing in polls.

Buttigieg is everywhere. On magazines, newspapers, podcasts, cable TV, network TV, anywhere where there is a reporter who will listen. Charmed by his intelligence and folksy personality, the media has lightheartedly joked at being unable to correctly pronounce his name (it's Boot-edge-edge, by the way). His coordinated media strategy, masterminded by Obama campaign veteran Lis Smith, has landed him enough name recognition that fewer people are mispronouncing his name, and more people are planning to vote for him. The RealClearPolitics average has Buttigieg polling at 11.3% in Iowa, which would land him in third behind Senator Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden. Nationally, the RealClearPolitics average has Buttigieg polling around 7.2%, putting him in fifth place behind Sanders, Biden, Harris, and Warren.

Election 2020 Pete Buttigieg, South Bend, USA - 14 Apr 2019

Can Buttigieg sustain this momentum?

Buttigieg stunned Democratic stalwarts with his $7 million fundraising haul in the first quarter, before he had even formally announced his campaign. His full-frontal media assault has provided him with a poll boost for now, but there are already signs that this may be temporary. In CNN's nationwide poll, Buttigieg fell from 9% to 8%, still falling within the poll's margin of error but rightfully concerning the campaign. It's important that Buttigieg keeps up his momentum, after all, there are still 9 months until the Iowa caucuses. There is plenty of time for Buttigieg to rise and fall in polls, but if his media presence is any indication, he is banking on shining in the debates as a fresh-faced, intellectual politician.

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I Learned Forensic Science In One Day For HOSA SLC 2019 And Still Placed Top Ten

We all have those days where we have to cram for an exam you know nothing about the night before, but have you tried to study for it the day of the exam? I never knew I would find myself in this situation until I went to HOSA SLC. With minimal study time, my partner, Kasey Park, and I were still able to place in the Top Ten in Georgia.

Joel Lee
Joel Lee

As a member of my school's chapter of HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America), I went to SLC (State Leadership Conference), where members all over the state of Georgia come to Atlanta to compete in a variety of competitions in the field of Science and Healthcare. All members can pick only one competition to participate in, and the guidelines and rules for each event are posted on the HOSA website.

The event I chose was Forensic Medicine, which requires a team of two people to take a written exam about Forensic Science (Round 1) and write a death report for a case study (Round 2). You must pass Round 1 to move on to Round 2. I worked with a good friend of mine, Kasey Park, for this event. HOSA recommended two textbooks to study for the event: Forensic Science: Fundamentals & Investigations 2nd Edition and Forensic Science: An Introduction to Scientific and Investigative Techniques, Fourth Edition.

Kasey and I both had the books, since Winter Break of our sophomore year (2018-2019), and we both agreed to start studying during winter break. Instead, we both completely forgot about it and when we returned to school after the break, we knew we still had time to study, since SLC was in March. We made a game plan of what chapters to read and when to read them, and we agreed to meet for reviewing the chapters we read. But, it didn't happen.

This procrastination continued about a day before we needed to leave for SLC, and we both realized we needed to study two thick textbooks in about 24 hours. We both knew at this point we just needed to cram as much information we could possibly fit into our brains.

The way we crammed was we both read the textbook as fast as possible and absorbing information as we go. Even though will not understand everything, we can still get a lot of information that can help us do well.

We studied on the way to SLC and before the Round 1 exam, so we can have the best chance possible when taking the test. My partner and I took the Round 1 exam during the afternoon, and we both we did alright, but not good, so we were worried about whether or not we made the second round. We got a notification in the evening that we made to Round 2. Kasey and I started to study all night and during the morning to cram as much information as we could. A little before noon, we took the Round 2 Case Study Test, and we thought it was a breeze.

Since we finished our event, we could finally hang out with friends from our school, as well as students from other schools. I meant so many new people at HOSA SLC. The next day, we went to the award ceremony, and my partner and I did not get in the Top 5, so we were not recognized. But later we were informed that we got 9th place, which we were happy with since we did not study very much for this exam.

From my experiences ar HOSA SLC, I have learned many things and met many new people. I would recommend that if you have a testing event, you should start to study prior to SLC to give yourself the most amount of time to study before the test. I feel that cramming last minute at SLC is ineffective and very stressful. I also think that you should try to meet new people since the conference is for members all over the state of Georgia.

If you are a middle or high schooler, I would recommend attending HOSA SLC, as it will be a memory you will never forget.

Joel Lee
Joel Lee

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