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Dallas mayor calls for unity at City Council Inauguration

 Recently elected Dallas City Council members pose together with Mayor Eric Johnson at the City Hall in Dallas after their Inauguration ceremony
Recently elected Dallas City Council members pose together with Mayor Eric Johnson at the City Hall in Dallas after their Inauguration ceremony // Photo Credit: Lola Gomez/The Dallas Morning News

The Dallas City Council Inauguration ceremony was held at the Meyerson Symphony Center on Wednesday where Mayor Eric Johnson addressed myriad challenges and opportunities for the city as it emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic.

In his address, Johnson states that it’s time to let go of the old political divisions and put away the old labels behind us as well.

“It’s time to let go of the old political divisions anyway. We can put the past behind us and move forward together. And we must. To paraphrase Winston Churchill, if we open a quarrel between the present and the past, we risk losing the future.

And we can put old labels behind us, too. We are not Democrats or Republicans at Dallas City Hall. Labels like progressive or conservative or moderate don’t help us pick up bulk trash in a timely manner or answer the phone on the first ring when someone calls 911. Whatever differences or disagreements we have, we are all Dallas — with all of its contradictions, all of its history, and all of its untapped potential.”

Press play below to watch Johnson’s full address.

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