This post was written by Hatchet reporters Taylor Clark and Aishvarya Kavi.
D.C. mayor-elect Muriel Bowser vowed to maintain the same level of community engagement she achieved during her campaign in her victory speech Tuesday night.
A crowd of supporters filled the Howard Theatre with increasingly louder yells as the vote count went in favor of their candidate. The night culminated in cheers when Bowser, who represents Ward 4 on the D.C. Council, was declared the winner.
As results came in from other races across the country, the crowd cheered for Democrats who won local races.
Supporters then chanted “All eight wards!” as Bowser, former mayor Marion Barry, Bowser’s parents and campaign staff appeared on stage.
“I stand here on the shoulders of all of those who have sacrificed for me so that we may be here,” Bowser said. “I thank all of you who stood shoulder and shoulder with me over the last 20 months.”
Bowser, who won about 55 percent of the vote, said she would follow through on the promises she made to voters during the campaign.
“I promised that the values of my campaign would reflect your values,” she said. “We believe in education reform and that housing is a right for all. We believe in a level playing field for women and minorities… We know we are Washington D.C. and we must do better.”
Barrington Scott, a former member of an Advisory Neighborhood Commission in Ward 4, said he was thrilled with Bowser’s victory.
“I think the Democrats showed up and made the D.C. folks known, and I’m looking forward to working with Muriel in the next couple of years,” he said.
Campaign staffer Jesse Johnson said he was most impressed with Bowser’s dedication to small business owners in D.C.
“If and when [Bowser] wins, it will be reinvigorating,” he said. “With the new flavor coming on board, I think a lot of people like the taste.”