Meeting of the mayors: Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess gives guided tour to 2020 hopeful

NASHUA – With polls showing him a top contender to be elected president next year, 37-year-old Democrat Pete Buttigieg is now finishing his second term as mayor of South Bend, Indiana. Friday, he joined Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess for a tour of the Gate City’s cosmopolitan Main Street business district.

“I think he’s well recognized by many, many people in Nashua – you could see that. I mean, so many people know who he is,” Donchess told The Telegraph after the tour.

“A lot of people told him they were going to vote for him, so I think it was a good visit for him,” Donchess added.

A survey conducted by the New Hampshire Institute of Politics earlier this month showed Buttigieg trailing only former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont’s Bernie Sanders in current positioning for the Granite State’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary.

If ultimately elected, Buttigieg would be both the nation’s youngest president, as well as its first openly gay one.

As the mayors made their way through downtown, they stopped in at various shops to shake hands and say hello to city voters. Many employees were caught off guard by the candidate’s staffers – and the heavy media presence that comes with a national presidential frontrunner.

Despite all this, Buttigieg strolled in and out of shops with ease, letting everyone know he may very well be president by Jan. 20, 2021.

“It’s very exciting to have Mayor Pete here in Nashua, another mayor, which is, of course, always a pleasure for me,” Donchess said. “He understand what the job of mayor, and helping to manage a city, is all about.”

Buttigieg began his small business tour by briefly meeting Donchess in the Mayor’s Office at City Hall. After exiting the building, the mayors stopped for a moment at the JFK memorial at City Hall Plaza.

The first stop Donchess made with the Indiana mayor was at Main Street Gyro, before moving on down the sidewalk to Martha’s Exchange. Donchess of course, could not resist pointing out the site of the future Performing Arts Center along the way.

Moreover, after meeting with patrons and employees, Buttigieg made one small purchase and was on his way. From Martha’s the two mayors continued down Main Street, crossing the street and visiting with folks enjoying the warm weather on the patio outside The Peddler’s Daughter.

Buttigieg then ended his tour at Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar.