Next Democratic Nominee For President Needs to Be a Mayor

Posted on November 11, 2016

Here are a couple to quick steps to return the Democratic Party to power. First put the Electoral College out of business through the already partially passed interstate compact. Secondly, we need to work on the Gerrymandering that dilutes the power of urban voters.

It’s a simple fact that in the last election according to political theorist Benjamin Barber:

there is still one major institution they overwhelmingly control: cities. Of the 20 biggest US cities, only Fort Worth (Texas), San Diego (California), and Jacksonville (Florida) have Republican mayors. Across the whole US, the more densely inhabited the area was in the 2016 presidential election, the more likely it was to vote Democrat.

What’s more, Barber goes on to say:

“the one institution today that still works, where government functions, where trust levels are double the levels of other institutions,”

He makes a compelling case in his book, If Mayors Ruled the World: Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities.

If Democratic politics is centered in the Polis, maybe it’s time we need a re-think of all party institutions and re-center the focus there.

How different would things have been if Sec. Clinton had focused on the the economy and needs of our cities? How different can it be going forward if we look to America’s mayors and actually find the best of the best to run in 2016?

Mayor of San Antonio, Ivy Taylor

Mayor of San Antonio, Ivy Taylor

New Mayor of Houston, Sylvester Turner

New Mayor of Houston, Sylvester Turner

Mayor of New York, Bill di Blasio

Mayor of New York, Bill di Blasio

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