By Tashi McQueen, AFRO Political Writer,
Report for America Corps Member
D.C. will keep their Mayor another four years.
Mayor Muriel Bowser won her third term this election cycle after eight years in office.
On Nov. 9, at a press event Bowser she spoke on her last two terms and foreshadowed what will come in the term ahead.
The D.C. native expressed her commitment to” building pathways to the middle class,” as evidenced by her support of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Cadet Corps and making sure Washingtonians get a “fair shot.”
Bowser hopes to work on democracy, ending gun violence, reimagining downtown, encouraging student success and presenting the District of Columbia as a “strong, sustainable and resilient city,” according to her newsletter.
Early in her tenure, she promised to end family homelessness and build housing across the city.
In April, Bowser reported that homelessness is down by 47 percent since the creation of Homeward D.C, a strategic plan to address homelessness. Homeward 2.0 is now in action until 2025.
The Mayor’s Office centers its agenda on making all D.C. residents prosperous, forwarding D.C. values and building better neighborhoods throughout the eight wards.
Director Tommy Wells will no longer be the director of the Department of Energy & Environment. La Toya Foster, communications director for Bowser, is also stepping down.
“I’ve enjoyed working for the Mayor,” said Wells at the conference. “The mayor has been a great supporter, advocate and person to work for.”
Community members will be called to participate on the transition team.
At the event, Bowser asked for the input of residents to submit their ideas and recommendations for the next four years.
Together.dc.gov is where anybody who has a “big idea” can submit theirs and work with the leaders to help them move forward.
The Mayor spoke about her pleasure with the results of the Midterm elections thus far – predating the Democratic Senate takeover – and her willingness to continue to push D.C. matters regarding statehood, judges and federal lands at stake.
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