African American Mayors Association Hosts Presidential Hopefuls, Names New Org Leader at Houston Conference

HOUSTON, TX — Mayor Hardie Davis of Augusta, GA was officially sworn-in as the new President of the African American Mayors Association (AAMA), at the organization’s Houston, TX conference, which gathered Black mayors from across the nation with a host of POTUS hopefuls to focus on building better futures for American cities. Mayor Davis takes over for outgoing AAMA President, Mayor Oliver Gilbert of Miami Gardens, FL who has served in the office for a year.

Mayor Davis said, “I am honored to be entrusted with leading the advancement of our association’s priorities on the national stage. Black mayors are tackling national challenges with innovative local solutions in housing, public safety, education and much more for the benefit of millions of people. Our effectiveness flows from our nuanced ability to elevate local approaches that close harmful gaps in state and federal resource allocation and policymaking. I’m excited to share the stories of our success and seize new opportunities to support the long-term sustainability of our cities.”

Mayor Gilbert said, “I’m incredibly proud of the extraordinary progress we’ve made over the last year to illuminate the importance of acknowledging diverse constituencies in policymaking. Our country is whole when all of our experiences are given the respect their uniqueness deserves. I look forward to collaborating with my colleagues and our allies to connect policy solutions to lived experiences of our constituents under Mayor Davis’ leadership.”

From Wednesday, April 24 to Friday, April 26, 2019, Black mayors gathered with presidential hopefuls Senator Kamala Harris; Senator Bernie Sanders; Senator Amy Klobuchar; Senator Cory Booker; Mayor Wayne Messam; Secretary Julián Castro; and a collection of other national thought-leaders and policymakers, including former Senior Advisor to President Obama, Valerie Jarrett, at the African American Mayors Association’s (AAMA) largest convening of the year.

The annual event connects Black mayors with thought-leaders, politicians, advocacy organizations, and corporations to forge alliances, focus on unique local challenges, and exchange ideas that will foster safer and more prosperous communities for millions of Americans.

Conference highlights included the unveiling of new research about the future of work conducted by AAMA; Flint mayor, Karen Weaver calls for continued support in the ongoing water crisis in Flint; and meetings about urban environmental challenges; creating smart cities; maximizing the 2020 Census count in the face of unprecedented efforts by the Trump Administration to identify citizenship; and community policing standards.

Houston Mayor, Sylvester Turner, said, “As a member of the AAMA Board of Trustees, I am extraordinarily proud the board unanimously chose Houston, the fourth largest and most diverse city in the nation for this historic event.  AAMA’s decision to host the conference in Houston will undoubtedly help AAMA mayor members broaden their impact on their communities, leading them into a more sustainable future.”

“As Houston’s mayor, I am excited to host the conference and celebration along with the Local Host Mayor Committee, made up of the African American mayors in the greater Houston area and who are serving as co-chairs of the conference.”

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