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Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg to stump in Sacramento next weekend

Pete Buttigieg, the Democratic presidential hopeful, will hold his first public appearance in Sacramento next weekend, according to a campaign website.

The ticketed event is described as a “grassroots picnic” with prices for students starting at $5 and as much as $250 for “sponsors.” The campaign event will be at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 29. The location will be disclosed to those who RSVP.

Buttigieg, 37, is the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and is one of the 19 candidates vying for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020. He will be the second candidate to swing through the capital region for a public appearance, following a visit by Bernie Sanders last month.

The state as a whole has seen a renewed interest by national campaigns after California moved its primary election up by three months to March 3. On Friday, Politico reported that Cecilia Cabello, who ran Hillary Clinton’s campaign in the state four years ago, as the California director for Buttigieg’s run.

West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon – a supporter of Buttigieg who first worked with him at the U.S. Conference of Mayors – tweeted out the news Saturday. Cabaldon helped launch Buttigieg’s campaign in April and hosted a visit to the city by his husband, Chasten, over the summer.

Outside of Bernie Sanders, Buttigieg has seen a large number of individual donors from the West Sacramento area and other pockets around the state, according to a New York Times analysis.

Mike Finch joined The Bee in July 2018 as a data reporter after working at newspapers in Alabama and Florida. A Miami native, he has been a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors since 2012 and studied political science at Florida International University.