Mayor Pete Buttigieg easily defeated Councilman Henry Davis Jr. in the Democratic Party mayoral primary on Tuesday. Unofficial election results have Buttigieg up 78 percent to 22 percent.
Davis Jr. ran on a platform challenging the incumbent mayor’s record on crime, vacant housing, and economic development. Voters ultimately sided with Buttigieg, who has presided over the city as unemployment has fallen from the heights of the Great Recession and downtown redevelopment picks up at a steady pace.
Buttigieg, who was the Democratic Party nominee for state treasurer in 2010, was elected to his first term as mayor in 2011. That race featured a crowded field as long-time South Bend mayor Steve Luecke decided against seeking a fourth full term. Ultimately, Buttigieg ended up taking a full 54 percent of the vote against Democrats Mike Hamann, Ryan Dvorak and Barrett Berry.
Buttigieg will face Republican Kelly Jones in the November general election. Jones ran unopposed in the Republican field.