Seattle mayor-elect Ed Murray is back in Washington, D.C., today to attend a conference for new mayors at the White House. Murray joins about a dozen other newly elected mayors from around the country, including New York City’s Bill de Blasio and Los Angeles’ Eric Garcetti, for briefings on urban issues.
President Obama told the new mayors that his administration wanted to be an active partner on job creation and economic opportunity. He also said the federal government had strong interest in initiatives to improve education, reduce traffic congestion and create a strong social safety net.
“I’ve always said that mayors don’t have time to be ideological and they really don’t have time to be partisan. They everyday are held accountable for concretely delivering services people depend on all across the country and I think it’s for that reason that when we think about mayors we think about people who can get stuff done,” Obama said, according to the White House press corp pool report by Josh Rogin of the Daily Beast.
Obama also said that cities have an opportunity to raise the minimum wage, something he’s proposed but Congress has not acted upon.
An added thrill: Murray and his husband, Michael Shiosaki, will attend the White House Christmas party this evening.