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Dear Washingtonians,

Serving as the mayor of Washington, DC has been the great pleasure and honor of my life, and on Tuesday, I was extremely proud and grateful to have been elected for a second term as the mayor of my hometown.

Thank you to the residents and voters of Washington, DC who went out to the polls in record numbers to make your voices heard.

Thank you to my mom and dad for teaching me that education, hard work, and faith will get you far in this life. They taught me and my sister and brothers that we have an obligation to use our talents and passions to make Washington, DC better.

I’m proud to be from North Michigan Park. My family has lived here for five generations. They lived here through Jim Crow DC. They lived here through “homicide capital” DC. And, right now, we’re living in the best city in the world.

When I became the Ward 4 Councilmember, I was given a plaque that, a decade later, still sits on my desk. It says: What would you do if you were not afraid to fail?

That is the question we will ask ourselves for the next four years. That’s how we’ll challenge ourselves to think big—to go big or go home.

We’re going to continue to build at least 6,000 units of affordable housing. We’re going to continue to make homelessness rare, brief, and nonrecurring. We will continue to make historic investments in public education because public schools are still the great equalizer in our society. We’re going to double down and dig down in all eight wards.

In four years, we have been able to move forward with the biggest economic development project in the history of Ward 8. We have closed DC General and started replacing it with smaller, more dignified programs. And as our population has continued to grow, we have continued to create jobs and drive down unemployment across the District.

Now, let’s think about our great city and all the things that we’ll be able to do over the next four years. Let’s change the trajectory of African American students, particularly our boys; let’s close the achievement gap. In a city as prosperous as ours, let’s make sure every child is loved and has someone fighting for them. Let’s rid our city of illegal guns and demand that the prosecutors and the courts share our resolve to have safe neighborhoods.

Today, we focus on the next four years and what we can do together. Together, with Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, with Chairman Phil Mendelson all the members of the DC Council, and with Attorney General Karl Racine, let’s continue to expand opportunity and prosperity across all eight wards.

Together, let’s continue working to ensure that Washington, DC is a city that works for all Washingtonians.

Sincerely,

Muriel Bowser

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