Democratic Presidential Candidate Pete Buttigieg made his way to the Central Valley on Monday, where he met with voters in live town hall hosted by MSNBC HardBall’s Chris Matthews.
Five hundred people packed the John Wright Theater at Fresno State to hear Buttigieg speak about real issues that impact the Central Valley.
Ryan Brown came with his mother to see the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, he said Buttigieg has gotten him interested in the 2020 election.
“We have a candidate now that resembles us, who shares our same concerns, whose vision of the future is ours,” Brown said.
Earlier in the day, Buttigieg held a meet and greet with local democrats, his message is the democratic party needs to unite and show voters a better future.
He said some communities feel left out from past administrations and democrats can’t promise to go back to relive those times.
‘We gotta do something completely different,” Buttigieg said.
Buttigieg is the second democrat presidential candidate to visit the Central Valley, last month Julian Castro also made a stop to Fresno.
Fresno County Democratic Chair Michael Evans said with California’s primary now in March, it has put the state as a key player in the presidential primary.
“The candidates are forced to come here and have to vie for votes here, that means they have to learn about our issues.”
Evans said the organization is working on bringing out more presidential candidates to the Central Valley, one candidate they’re hoping to get is Elizabeth Warren.