WATERLOO — A state senator representing the Cedar Valley has thrown his endorsement behind the top-polling Democratic presidential candidate in Iowa.
Sen. Bill Dotzler, a Democrat representing Waterloo, Evansdale, Elk Run Heights, Raymond, Washburn and Gilbertville, announced Wednesday he is endorsing South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
“I’m endorsing Pete Buttigieg for president because he offers a new kind of leadership,” Dotzler said in a release from the Buttigieg campaign. “You can already see his message resonating in Waterloo and across the state, and I look forward to joining him on the campaign trail and talking to Iowans about why Pete is the best candidate in this race.”
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Buttigieg’s campaign said Dotzler’s endorsement is their first from a sitting state senator in Iowa.
Last weekend, Dotzler toured Cedar Valley Techworks with Buttigieg.
Buttigieg also appeared at the Local America Presidential Forum in Waterloo on Friday.
Buttigieg is currently polling at an average of 22.5% among likely Iowa Democratic caucusgoers, according to Real Clear Politics. Sen. Bernie Sanders is nipping at his heels at 19.3%, followed by former Vice President Joe Biden at 18% and Sen. Elizabeth Warren at 16.3%.