Karen Bass Elected Mayor of Los Angeles

Karen Bass Elected Mayor of Los Angeles

Black people will be in charge of the four most prominent cities in the country when Rep. Karen Bass takes office as mayor of Los Angeles next month. The African American Mayors Association tweeted on Thursday: “As Black mayors continue to win elections this cycle, we are excited that, for the first time, the four largest cities – New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago & Houston – are each governed by an African American mayor.”

The first female mayor of Los Angeles will be Bass, a six-term congresswoman who covers south and west Los Angeles. The day of her inauguration is December 12.

Eric Adams, the mayor of New York City and a former captain of the NYPD, took the oath of office earlier this year. Lori Lightfoot, the mayor of Chicago, was chosen in 2019 and is now up for reelection. Sylvester Turner, the mayor of Houston, has been in office since 2016; his current term expires at the end of 2019. The group of four all identify as Democrats.

According to Phyllis Dickerson, CEO of the African American Mayors Association, Black mayors bring a unique perspective to public office. They can identify not only issues they have personally experienced, such as the need for public housing and food insecurities, but also potential solutions. According to her, having Black individuals in charge of the four cities will have a positive effect both locally and nationally.

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According to Dickerson, the dialogue will undoubtedly reach the appropriate place when the administration is seated at a table with the top four cities. According to the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) at Rutgers University, which monitors the advancement of Black and other women of colour in political office, seven Black women are now leading the 100 largest cities in the country.

In addition to Lightfoot in Chicago, Vi Alexander Lyles in Charlotte, North Carolina, London Breed in San Francisco, Muriel Bowser in Washington, D.C., LaToya Cantrell in New Orleans, Tishaura Jones in St. Louis, Missouri, and Elaine O’Neal in Durham, North Carolina, they are also listed. However, with Bass and Pamela Goynes-Brown, who was elected mayor of North Las Vegas, that number will rise to nine.

In recent years, there has been a surge of Black women running for office at all levels of government. After 130 Black women applied to run in the 2020 election, 145 Black women announced they were running for Congress in the midterm elections, according to CAWP, setting a record.

Higher Heights praised bass’ victory for America. This political action group strives to elect progressive Black women around the country, who said it was a victory for representation.

The group’s president, Glynda Carr, said in a statement that the long-awaited election results “reaffirm the belief that when given the opportunity, Black women have the aptitude and power to lead.”

According to Carr, Bass’ victory was one of many to be celebrated, but more is required. She noted that there has never been a Black woman elected governor, a position with enormous influence.

“Investing in Black women running for governor is essential, but it goes beyond financial support. If Americans want to see improvements in progressive policies and diverse representation in our government, we must support Black women candidates. If we’re going to see Black women candidates succeed, she said we must put our time, effort, and talents into it.