Black mayor of racially diverse Iowa city backs Buttigieg

Democrat: South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg announced on Jan. 23, 2019, he would form an exploratory committee. He made his run official on April 14, 2019.
October 26, 2016; South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The black mayor of Iowa’s most racially diverse city is endorsing Pete Buttigieg for president.

The endorsement by Waterloo Mayor Quentin Hart gives the former South Bend, Indiana, mayor a boost as he struggles to attract voters of color. Hart told The Associated Press he was supporting Buttigieg in part for what he called the Democrat’s effort to address racial economic disparity in South Bend.

The Buttigieg campaign hopes Hart’s endorsement revealed Tuesday will help not only inoculate Buttigieg from the stubborn notion he cannot win black support but also potentially resonate beyond majority-white Iowa, as Buttigieg winds his way through the Democratic primary campaign. Hart plans to publicly endorse on Wednesday.