Washington, DC—Below is a statement by U.S. Conference of Mayors President Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin on last night’s mid-term elections:

“Last night, we witnessed democracy at work as Americans from coast to coast went to the polls to cast their ballots. The incredible voter turnout, particularly with young people, is inspiring and serves as a potent reminder that our democracy is strongest when we exercise our civic duty and come together to form a more perfect union.

“With the election behind us, it is now time to come together. The nation’s mayors stand ready to work with the new Congress on our infrastructure needs and other shared priorities.  Mayors know first-hand the pressing challenges confronting our country from infrastructure and healthcare to immigration and affordable housing.  Every day, mayors put aside their partisan differences to find pragmatic solutions that create stronger and more inclusive communities.

“As Congress sets out to write a new chapter, mayors across the country call on all members to take a page out of our playbook and in the days ahead work with us to build a more prosperous, more equitable, and more just America.”