Keynote speaker at Washington Days sees similarities between Indiana and Kansas

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Executive Director of the Kansas Democratic Party Ethan Corson said South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg is an up and coming Democrat that Kansas can learn from.

"I think it’s an exciting chance for out activists, our party leaders to hear from one of the rising stars in the Democratic Party,” Corson said. “I think it's an interesting chance to hear from a new voice, a voice form outside of D.C. who’s got a real different perspective and certainly a really interesting story."

Buttigieg has been the mayor of South Bend since 2012. He said he sees similarities between the two states.

"I see a lot of similarities between Kansas and Indiana,” Buttegieg said. “They're both conservative states, but states where Democrats can do well if we're disciplined and well organized."

Buttigieg spent time talking with labor workers and said it is important for democratic leaders to be in contact with laborer unions.

"Workers here are interested in the same things any American is interested in,” Buttegieg said. “You see a lot of signs of, I think, energy in the movement. But the Democratic Party and organized labor need to make sure they are in dialogue and working together."

He also spoke with the Kansas Young Democrats and said they are the driving force to winning in November’s elections.

"You can tell that there’s a new generation of really committed Americans and committed Kansans who are ready to do the work, who really care about what’s happening,” Buttegieg said. “Their energy is the potential engine of voter turnout and organization, but only if that energy stays mobilized and that’s what I think we have to focus on if we want to really succeed in November."

The Kansas Democratic Party’s Washington Days ended Saturday with a banquet and a speech from Mayor Buttigieg.