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Mayor Pete Buttigieg, The Washington Post

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Mayor Pete Buttigieg,

The Washington Post

Midwest Mayor Pete Buttigieg is running for president. Even in a Democratic field full of nontraditional candidates, Buttigieg stands out in many ways. A military veteran who deployed to Afghanistan, he is openly gay, and his husband, Chasten, maintains a lively Twitter presence. He would be the youngest president in history. No mayor has ever ascended directly to the presidency, let alone from a city of about 102,000.