Dear California City Leaders,
It’s the day after Election Day, and there are many people to thank.
To the thousands of local heroes who ran for leadership offices in their communities, thank you for standing up to lead. For those who were elected, congratulations; there is no more noble a calling than public service. The League looks forward to being your partner as you carry out the responsibilities and duties of your position.
Thank you also to the millions of Californians who turned out in record numbers to vote at the ballot box or by mail. In the words of the late Congressman John Lewis, “Your vote is precious, almost sacred. It is the most powerful nonviolent tool we have to create a more perfect union.”
The record election turnout required thousands of local heroes to administer the elections, work the polling stations, and count (and continue to count) votes this election season. We salute the local heroes who served in these roles and so appreciate their diligence in ensuring that all votes are counted.
Local, state, and federal government officials have a vested interest in ensuring the integrity and safety of our electoral system and have been working together for months to ensure the process is safe, secure, and fair.
As we await the final results of races at the local, state, and federal levels, it’s important that we all remember to be patient and trust the process as we experience democracy in action.
Carolyn M. Coleman
League of California Cities