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Undecided voters and those who've made up their minds attend Pete Buttigieg rally in SLC

4500 attend Town Hall at Union Events Center
Posted at 7:09 AM, Feb 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-18 10:07:55-05

SALT LAKE CITY — The 2020 presidential campaign trail is making its way through Utah.

With Utah’s Primary set for Super Tuesday in two weeks, former South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg met voters at a town hall.

Thousands of people filled the Union Events Center Monday. Some began lining up in the cold at 3 p.m. for the 8:15 p.m. event.

Many voters said they have not decided who they will choose when they cast their ballot.

“I am looking for someone to show us some passion,” said Josh Chamberlain. “I have not made up my mind yet so that’s the big reason why I am here. I am open to any candidate, but Pete sticks out specifically.”

Another Utahn who described himself as an “independent” believes voters in the democratic primary are making one of the most important decisions they will ever make at the ballot box.

“I’ve seen good things on both sides,” said Ryan Buchanan. “I want to see him bring it on the energy side and show us, hey if I am up on a debate stage with Donald Trump, he’s not someone who’s going to be talked over. I want to see someone replace Donald Trump, but that will replace a problem and bring a really strong solution”

One woman in attendance had a more personal view of the candidate often referred to as “Mayor Pete.” She lived in South Bend, Indiana when Buttigieg was mayor.

“It was amazing. Sorry, I am very emotional,” said Brigitte Fries when asked to describe what Buttigieg did as the city’s mayor. “He was always there. I seen him all the time. He was part of everyday life and he made sure it was a good place for people, families.”

Fries said she has made up her mind and will be supporting Buttigieg. She volunteered for the campaign at Monday's event.

Salt Lake Mayor,Erin Mendenhall, joined other Salt Lake County democrats in endorsing Buttigieg.

Both the Republican and Democratic parties will hold their Presidential primaries in Utah on March 3.