After winning the general election in November, new Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D), was sworn in last Friday, January 2, 2015 and was inaugurated as the city’s seventh elected mayor in ceremonies at the Washington Convention Center. The 42-year-old native Washingtonian served as the DC Council’s Ward 4 representative since 2007. Bowser becomes the second woman to serve as DC mayor in 40 years. She is unmarried with no children.
“ I will have grand expectations, like winning the Olympics for Washington, D.C. in 2024,” Bowser said during her inaugural address. “I’ll have simple ones, too — clear the snow, pick up the trash, pave the streets, synchronize the lights. I will hire the best people to achieve those goals.”
Mayor Bowser made it clear during her campaign that she wanted to focus on economic development and other needs of neighborhoods east of the Anacostia River. DC Welcomes New Optimistic Mayor In her inaugural address, she identified several problems that she intends to tackle right away, including a looming $250 million budget shortfall, a spike in violent crime and a much-delayed streetcar project. She intends to lead an “ethical government,” one that is faced with challenges that “threaten our progress”. Building on the hopes of DC citizens, the city is looking forward to this promising new energy for a “new day” and a “fresh start”.
Former Mayor Vincent Gray said in an interview that he’s left the city in a strong fiscal condition, with lower unemployment and booming development. The new administration will continue the progress that’s been made, and build on that.”