PROVINCETOWN — There are 720 chances to see Democratic presidential candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg for free. Beginning Friday, June 14, at 2 p.m. passes to see Buttigieg at Provincetown Town Hall on July 5 will become available on the candidate's webpage.
Town hall holds 720 people, and that's how many passes will be distributed on a first-come-first-serve basis, said Bryan Rafanelli, a resident of Boston and Provincetown, and a fundraiser for Buttigieg.
Buttigieg is a top contender for the Democratic nomination for president. He is also openly gay, married and Christian. The mayor of South Bend Indiana since 2012 was recently named fourth in line for the nomination with former Vice President Joseph Biden in the lead, followed by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and Senator Elizabeth Warren, according to CNN.
His appeal to the LGBTQ community is obvious, but Rafanelli and other supporters say Buttigieg has much more to offer besides being gay.
“He is more impressive in person than he comes across on TV,” Joe DeMartino, of Provincetown, told the Banner last month. “He doesn’t speak like a politician walking a tightrope. He says what he thinks, what he feels. He’s very real, very smart. He speaks from the heart and from the gut.”
Rafanelli described Buttigieg as “a breath of fresh air in the Democratic Party,” someone who wants to meet people and have real conversations with them, not just deliver a set of prepared remarks. “He wants to do Q&A immediately,” Rafanelli said. “You have to be really good at listening to do that in real time. That’s exciting. He’s so refreshing, so honest. I said, ‘We’ve got to invest in this guy.’ ”
"Mayor Pete," as he is known, served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserve. He is a Rhodes Scholar, a graduate of Harvard University and he speaks several languages.
Buttigieg will be appearing in Provincetown July 5 at 4:30 p.m. alongside the teenagers from Camp Lightbulb, LGBTQ youth ages 14 to 18. The campers were already planning to hold a variety show at town hall that same night. They will now get a chance to interact with the 37-year-old candidate as well.
After the free rally at town hall, a private fundraiser will be held in an undisclosed home in the West End, Rafanelli said.
To get a ticket, go on the "Pete for America" website, click on "events," and then select "Provincetown."—KCM.