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Statement from Mayor Bowser on the Election of Joseph R. Biden as the 46th President and Kamala Harris as the Nation’s First Female Vice President

Saturday, November 7, 2020

(Washington, DC­­) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser issued the following statement on the election of Joseph R. Biden as the nation’s 46th president and Kamala Harris as the nation’s first female vice president.

“The past few days and weeks, we have seen the true power of democracy — millions of Americans going to the polls and sending in their ballots in the midst of a pandemic — to make their voices heard, to make it clear that every single American, in every city and town in our nation, deserves a fair shot. And they have spoken loudly to elect Joseph R. Biden as our nation’s 46th president and Kamala Harris as our nation’s first female vice president.

“As the nation’s capital, Washington, DC has a special interest in who becomes our most famous neighbor, and we could not be prouder to have President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris join our city. They will not only bring dignity back to the White House, but a real commitment to the shared values we uphold and fight for every day in our city — the values embodied by Black Lives Matter Plaza leading right up to their front door.

“And with this historic election, our fight for statehood continues with a staunch advocate at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. No matter the makeup of Congress next year, we will continue to make the case to the American people that 706,000 tax-paying Washingtonians deserve full access to our democracy and the right to cast our ballots for voting members of Congress.

“This victory is a shared one — one that shows that activism matters, that organizing matters, and that elections matter. We know there are immense challenges ahead. But we also know that with the right leadership, together we can meet and solve them.”