Cincinnati Councilmember David Mann’s Proposal Has Been Agreed Upon To Have City Hall’s Lights On Overnight Between January 19th-20th To Celebrate the Peaceful Transfer of Power of the President of the United States of America
I was a brand new Member of Congress when I attended my first joint session of the House and Senate early in 1993. Vice President Quayle presided over the count of the electoral votes which confirmed the 1992 victory of Bill Clinton and Al Gore over President Bush and Dan Quayle. I was struck by the irony of the defeated Vice President announcing the result in favor of the opposing ticket, just as Vice President Pence experienced the other day. As with Al Gore’s loss in 2000, the Vice President sometimes must announce the end of his own presidential aspirations.
We all wish Mike Pence and the rest of us could have repeated the normal experience—a very short joint session which simply confirms what the country has known since November. It is heartbreaking and very concerning that this year’s joint session became a target for insurrectionists. One more norm of our country has been broken.
I have been on the ballot a number of times. Sometimes I won, sometimes I did not. Winning is preferable, I have found.
But I have always understood that I had an obligation to accept the losses as well as the victories. My opponents have never been my enemies. They are fellow Americans who understand the importance of public service and the obligation we each have to debate in a civil, constructive fashion. After the election, we each have the obligation to join together to find common ground and advance our country and community.
Before the sad events in Washington, I wrote a motion asking my colleagues to support lighting City Hall on the evening of January 19. The purpose of this lighting of our most important local symbol of our community is to celebrate the peaceful transition of power as one president succeeds another. We celebrate Martín Luther King’s life on January 18, so this lighting of City Hall also symbolizes an important bridge between Black and White Americans as we pledge to address more vigorously the racism in our society.
When I proposed the motion to light City Hall as a symbol of peaceful presidential transfer of power just a few days ago, I could not have imagined the events that occurred on Capitol Hill. As a Navy veteran and longtime public servant, I am appalled by these events. They are a clear departure from our history. I am so proud that seven members of Council supported the motion and none opposed it.
Our institutions, whether at the local level, state level or national level, will not survive without basic decency, honesty, and the respect for each other’s opinion. As we have boldly engaged locally on reforms to clean up local government from the abuse of some, we need to think about what we can do to change what recently has gone very wrong at the State and National level.
– David Mann
David Mann for Cincinnati Mayor
I have served this community as councilman, mayor, member of congress and, most recently, as vice mayor and chair of the budget and finance committee. In this most challenging time of unrest and the coronavirus, experience and wisdom count more than ever before. Humbly, I believe that my years of public service have prepared me to be mayor in this particularly challenging moment. I ask for your help on this journey.
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