Voters in DC gave their verdict at the polls and gave Muriel Bowser a landslide victory in this election and entered the annals of the city as the second person to secure three consecutive terms as mayor of Washington. The only mayor to accomplish that feat was Marion Barry.
At the Hook Hall auditorium in DC’s Northwest (NW), Bowser took the stage to accept his third term and address his supporters. “Thank you from the bottom of my heart,” was the first thing he said, while her parents listened to her in the front row.
“What the voters have said is that they want a woman who knows how to start and how to finish her goals, who thinks big, who pushes herself and gets things done,” he added.
She led the vote with more than 76 percent of the vote over Libertarian Dennis Sobin, Republican Stacia Hall and Independent Rodney Grant.
In political media, it was recalled that Bowser’s current term coincided with the coronavirus pandemic, the protests over the murder of George Floyd and the January 6 attack on the Capitol, all of which deeply affected the residents of the city, putting the District and its government in the national spotlight.
Bowser offered in his plan for a third term, to defend local interests in the Capitol, in the face of the possibility of a division or a Republican-led Congress after the elections on Tuesday the 8th.
“I want to be able to say, when I walk up to the Capitol or when I go to talk about business, that the residents of DC are with me,” he said.
His victory party was very emotional and jubilant, after learning of the overwhelming results that gave him re-election on Tuesday.
Bowser referred to her eight years of experience and leadership as the city emerges from the pandemic “and now opens its doors to everyone,” she told the cheering crowd Tuesday night.
To tackle criminal violence, Muriel Bowser stuck to her plan to hire more officers, despite criticism from some activists. “We need to make sure we have a police department that has all the resources and all the officers that it needs, but also violence prevention efforts,” she said.