By: Meghan Sorensen
On Tuesday, Mayor Muriel Bowser became the first mayor to win a re-election in D.C. since 2002. She’s also the first female mayor to be re-elected, collecting an eye-popping 162,199 votes. Runner-up Ann Wilcox only amassed 19,979 votes. Bowser’s 79.5% voting percentage blew the other candidates out of the water as widely predicted.
“I learned early, early on that the only way to win elections is to work hard. The only way to get people to vote for you is to do what you said you were going to do and make lives for the people of D.C. better,” Bowser said during her re-election speech.
The only loss Bowser suffered was the failure to acquire Dionne Reeder a seat at D.C.’s Council at-large, a candidate she openly supported. Instead, Anita Bonds and Elissa Silverman will sustain their seats. “Anita Bonds is holding it down for a lot of people,” Bowser said, spreading the love for the Councilmember at-large.
“She goes and she talks about housing and she talks about her unique experience. A unique experience shared by thousands of African-American women right here in Washington D.C.”
During Bowser’s previous term, the District saw a decrease in unemployment and homelessness. Last December, Bowser worked to ensure more employees received sexual harassment training as the #MeToo movement came to fruition.
She also hosted the first Maternal & Infant Health Summit in September — where she brought together mayors, healthcare professions, and mothers to start a conversation about the staggering infant mortality rate within the city.
In her next four years as mayor, Bowser wants to work to close the achievement gap, benefit those suffering from gentrification, end violence by demanding safe streets, and unite the District.
“We’re going to have ideas like fixing our infrastructure and building 6,000 units of affordable housing for the people of the District of Columbia. We’re going to make homelessness in our city rare, brief, and non-recurring,” said Bowser. “We will continue to make historic investments in public education because public schools are still the great equalizer in this society.”