When Rep. Karen Bass is sworn in as mayor of Los Angeles next month, Black people will be in charge of America’s four biggest cities.
The African American Mayors Association said on Thursday, “As Black mayors continue to win elections this cycle, we are excited that for the first time, New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston are all led by African American mayors.”
Bass, who is from south and west Los Angeles, will be the city’s first woman mayor. She has served in Congress for six terms. She will be sworn in on December 12.
Eric Adams is the new mayor of New York City. He took the oath of office earlier this year. Lori Lightfoot was elected mayor of Chicago in 2019, and she is now running to keep her job. Sylvester Turner has been mayor of Houston since 2016, and his current term will end at the end of 2019.
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CEO of the African American Mayors Association Phyllis Dickerson says that Black mayors bring a new point of view to public service and may be able to find solutions to problems like the need for public housing and food insecurity that they have experienced.
She thinks that having Black people run the four cities will be good for both the cities and the country as a whole. “I think the conversation will go where it needs to go when the top four cities and the administration are at the table,” Dickerson said.
The Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) at Rutgers University, which studies the rise of Black and other women of color in political office, says that seven Black women are mayors of the 100 largest cities in the United States.
Lightfoot is from Chicago, Vi Alexander Lyles is from Charlotte, North Carolina, London Breed is from San Francisco, Muriel Bowser is from Washington, DC, LaToya Cantrell is from New Orleans, Tishaura Jones is from St. Louis, Missouri, and Elaine O’Neal is from Durham, North Carolina.
But that number will go up to nine with Bass and Pamela Goynes-Brown, who was just elected mayor of North Las Vegas.
In the past few years, more Black women have been running for office at all levels of government. CAWP says that 145 Black women filed or said they would run for Congress in the midterm election. This is more than the 130 Black women who filed to run in 2020.
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Higher Heights for America, a political action committee that works to elect Black progressive women across the country, praised Bass’s win and called it a victory for representation.
“Today’s long-awaited election results show that Black women can and do lead when given the chance,” said Glynda Carr, the president of the group, in a statement.
Carr said that Bass’s win is one of many that should be celebrated, but that there are still more to come. She says that even though the position of governor is very powerful, no Black woman has ever been elected to it.
“Americans must invest in Black women running for governor if they want to see progress in progressive policy and more diversity in our government. Investing does not just mean giving money. If we want Black women candidates to win, we have to put our time, energy, and skills into them “CNN heard from her.