Mayor Quotes

Here, we’ve compiled a list of the best Mayor Quotes from famous persons: Jim Gray, Denise Dresser, Rudy Giuliani, Pete Buttigieg, Ken Livingstone. The wide variety of quotes available makes it possible to find a quote to suit your needs. You’ve likely heard some of the Mayor Quotes before, but that’s because they truly are great.

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I lost my first mayor‘s race. I lost the primary. But we came back and won that. So I know you’ve got to play to win, but you can’t be afraid to lose.
Jim Gray
It would be a mistake to view Camacho as the beacon of democracy in Mexico. He has played by the PRI’s rules for more than 15 years. As mayor of Mexico City, he was recognized as a political broker, not as an apostle of substantive political reform.
As mayor, I used to always feel the important thing is that people respect me, not love me – but it is really much nicer when they love you, too. I’m going to try to keep it that way.
Blacks commit murder eight times more per capita than any other group in our society. If I had put all of my police officers on Park Avenue and none in Harlem, thousands and thousands more blacks would’ve been killed during the eight years that I was mayor.
The background of a mayor of a city of any size is a background of somebody who on one hand is an executive and on the other hand is very close to the ground.
I Kenneth Robert Livingstone, having been elected to the office of mayor of London, declare that I take that office upon myself, and will duly and faithfully fulfil the duties of it to the best of my judgement and ability.
One of a handful of films made in Detroit, ‘8 Mile‘ doesn’t feature the Motown renaissance that Mayor Coleman A. Young dreamed of in the 1970s. Instead, it’s the beaten-down city: 8 Mile refers to the line of demarcation between Detroit and suburban, mostly white Oakland County.
As mayor I don’t intend to be just a voice for Portland. I intend to be a voice for urban America.
When the burdens of the presidency seem unusually heavy, I always remind myself it could be worse. I could be a mayor.
I won’t be a perfect mayor, but I will be the mayor of a great city.
I think New York is destined to have a Democratic mayor, and I want Freddy Ferrer to be that mayor.
I want to be a mayor who helped, really helped.
Harold Washington
The London assembly‘s job is to scrutinise the mayor of London.
From my very first day in the Mayor’s office, I have worked closely with the Council members who share our vision of a city hall that really protects taxpayers and caresyesabout the little things that make a big difference in people’s lives.
Laura Miller
If you run for mayor, people say you’re being egotistical. If you decide you won’t run for mayor, people say you’re being self-centered and egotistical.
I think I’m drawn to people who dream big, and both films have that. In ‘Street Fight, Cory Booker wants to become Mayor of Newark, and in ‘Racing Dreams,’ three kids want to become NASCAR drivers.
You can bring people together around the issue of economic fairness. I don’t want to be a mayor that goes into one neighborhood and gets jeered, and goes into another neighborhood and gets cheered.
As mayor, I would support law enforcement, not knock it down.
I am a lawyer and 22 years the mayor of Davao City. I served as congressman of the first district for one term, and I was vice mayor to my daughter, Inday.
I didn’t run for mayor because everything was going great in Baltimore in 1999.
Everybody would love to be mayor of Chicago. If you look at what we have done over many, many years and where we are today and the commitment by the business community, the commitment by the not-for-profit community – all this coming together – this is a wonderful city.
We need a mayor who knows how to balance a budget, who understands the urgency of delivering all the services that a great city needs, who understand the need of working families.
Carolyn Maloney
My dad was a theatrical guy. He wore a scuba suit one time because he said so-and-so was in the tank with the mayor. He didn’t really care what people thought, so he was able to put himself out there. He didn’t have a lot of shame, in a good way.
As Mayor, I will fully support my Arts Commission and its professional selection committees so that they can commission a full range of public art that is daring and, when appropriate, daringly traditional.
There’s no secret about my ambition, I do not want to go into the House of Commons. My only real political interest is in London and if one day I’m in a position to run for mayor, then terrific.
Trevor Phillips
Craig Robinson is basically the mayor of wherever he goes.
It’s my responsibility as mayor to protect your tax dollars, be upfront with you about problems, and take aggressive action to solve them.
I get up in the morning and by the time I’ve gone to bed there’s three or four or five new crises that weren’t there when I started the day. That’s what being mayor of Portland is about.
But despite the challenges, I love being your Mayor.
Laura Miller
Somehow, someway, for some people there’s an automatic assumption that a mayor who is African-American or some other elected official has to support another African-American.
Most of the time when I receive a script, it says something like ‘Rosenberg is the fat, slovenly Mayor, who doesn’t want the kids to use the Skateboard Park’, or ‘Stein is a pompous, rotund attorney, imposing to all.’ It would be so freeing to get a script where my character is simply described as ‘A Man.’
Fred Melamed
One of my personal theories of ‘The Mayor’ is that I feel like the show arrived on the scene at a time when people were feeling a little bit fatigued about anything that had to do with politics.
They’ve got this crazy actor who’s 82 years old up there in a suit. I was a mayor, and they’re probably thinking I know how to give a speech, but even when I was mayor I never gave speeches. I gave talks.
God is on my side, and that’s all I need. I get up in the morning, I pray to God. I don’t pray to the president, the governor, the mayor, no black caucus, no this and that. I pray to God, and that’s the end of it.
What does it mean to have a mayor who has an organizing background? It means I have allies and partners on whom I can call for advice – and that are also holding my feet to the fire already.
The mayor of New York is the chief executive of the city. It is a complex organization and it requires the requisite skills to understand how to be the leader of the people and manage the government of N.Y.
The only politician in my family was my grandfather‘s grandfather, who was the mayor of Winnipeg from Jan. 1, 1917, until Jan. 5, 1917, because he lost the recount. So he was mayor of Winnipeg for four days.
Being the mayor of the third largest city in the country, that’s humbling, but it also gives me incredible hope.
I tell you very openly: it’s much easier to be the heavyweight champion of the world than to be the mayor of Kiev.
I pledge tonight to be Mayor for all of the people of this city – for one Chicago.
I’ve been a city councilman and mayor. I’ve been a lieutenant governor and governor and now, in the Senate, serve on the Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committee. So I’m a utility player. I just want to do everything I can to make sure A) we win and that B) the presidency of Hillary Clinton is fantastic.
I guess my goal is to be the fittest mayor in the country.
Being mayor is about offering a vision for the city, putting the right people in the right place, and executing that vision.
I mean, we must act with intelligence. We must work on this framework, so that immigration becomes an asset to both nations. Believe me, what – just the Mayor Bloomberg said here in New York, that this city would be stopped, totally stopped if it were not by the immigrants working here.
I am running to be the 50th mayor of Baltimore in order to usher our city into an era where the government is accountable to its people and is aggressively innovative in how it identifies and solves its problems.
If people are a little nervous about approaching you at the market, it’s good. I’m not Chuckles The Clown. Or Bozo. I don’t cut the ribbon at the opening of markets. I don’t stand next to the mayor. Hit your baseball into my yard, and you’ll never see it again.
What’s funny in ‘The Mayor of MacDougal Street’ is how Dave Van Ronk talks a lot about the time and how exciting it was and how electric it was.
Millions of wrestling fans know me as Johnny Mundo, the mayor of Slamtown.
If I’m plowing the snow and filling in potholes, then I’m a good mayor, and if we fail to do that, I’m not. And it’s got almost nothing to do with whether, when I come home, it’s to a husband or to a wife.
My job as a mayor is to look 10, 15, 20 years into the future and think not just about my generation, but about my children‘s generation and my unborn grandchildren and think – what is the kind of economy that they’re going to to inherit and what are we doing today to prepare ourselves for that?
The city fought a $300 million, 18-year war on graffiti. New York Mayor John Lindsay declared war in 1972, and the battle for the transit system came later.
For the longest time, I was Scott Ruffalo’s brother. I mean, he was the mayor of Beverly Hills. He was just so beloved there.
Having been a mayor, we prioritized based on where we want our city and our country to go.
My dad worked for Nestle for 26 years and ended up being the mayor of our hometown. One of the lessons I learned from him was to never mistake kindness for weakness.
As mayor, I’ve traveled to China, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, and Mexico to meet with heads of state and business leaders to promote trade with L.A. companies and through L.A.’s seaports and airports – because that generates L.A. jobs.
I can’t be the Mayor of L.A. I hate the Dodgers. I’m a Yankee fan. Yankee fans can’t ever root for the Dodgers.
Especially in local elections, because hardly anybody pays attention to those – but it’s really important who’s mayor and who’s on the city council, county commissioners, sheriffs, district attorney, and of course the school board.
Rudy Giuliani was a great mayor and a great leader, but he has turned into an unmitigated – and now, it seems, unethical – disaster.
People have sort of been swirling around me, going, ‘Oh, you should run for mayor.’ Well I didn’t really want that job. ‘Well, you should run for governor.’ Well, that’s not really possible.
As Mayor, I will use my experience to make San Francisco a place where small businesses can thrive.
I have to admit I didn’t do as much as I should have back when I was mayor, but now we’re getting it done. It’s not where you’ve been but where you’re going.
Marion Barry
If I was Mayor of London, I would take the congestion charge off. I’d keep the bike lanes. And buses free on a Thursday.
The one thing politicians will always vote for is more politics, so in 2000 they invented the post of mayor of London without ever really thinking what it was a mayor would do.
I wanted to be mayor, but my party didn’t want me. I was perhaps too liberal.
Carmen Yulin Cruz
The truth is a mayor can actually do very little to alter the course of a huge city run by the free market that is home to banking – the engine room of capitalism.
When residents elect a mayor, they expect the mayor to be able to solve their problems. They expect, when they go see the mayor, the mayor to be able to take care of things. But what they don’t understand is that the mayor is not in charge.
I would like to run for the mayor of the city of Chicago. That has always been an aspiration of mine even when I was in the House of Representatives.
You still have that competitive thing where you want to try to make hits. That won’t go away, unless the mayor of show business says my time‘s up.
Well, I’ve worked with Republican presidents, obviously, and Democratic presidents since I’ve had the privilege to remain as mayor.
Winning the election is a good-news, bad-news kind of thing. Okay, now you’re the mayor. The bad news is, now you’re the mayor.
I literally touched down in Kosovo and the president, prime minister and mayor were waiting for me to get off the plane. Apparently that’s unheard of. They don’t wait for nobody.
Clearly, Mayor Bloomberg did some things right. I think he did a very good job on public health. He did a very good job on environment. I think he was right to achieve mayoral control of education. I don’t think he then applied it the right way.
When the Chinese first came to San Francisco, they were actually welcomed by the mayor and they had special ceremonies for them-again this is when their colony was very small, only a few Chinese.
My brother Kobi made my mother very proud when he was elected deputy mayor of Jerusalem. My sister made her proud when she got an advanced university degree, finishing cum laude, and I could not have given my mother a better present than having her come to the Knesset to witness my swearing-in as a minister.
Tonight – by taking this solemn oath – I am no longer a private citizen but the Mayor of the City of Chicago.
The whole point of corporate mascots is to be distinctive. No one in his right mind would ever confuse the Hamburglar with Mayor McCheese.
Gene Weingarten
It would be thrilling, obviously, to be able to have a woman and an openly LGBT person as the mayor of New York City.
I’m tough, and you know what? New Yorkers deserve that. They work head, they fight it out, they slug it out. And they deserve a mayor or a speaker who’s going to do the same.
I was Mayor of New York during a great Yankees dynasty. I got to preside over the city during four Yankees championships.
This – the leadership of the mayor is crucial, because it is to the mayor that people will look to provide the vision, the energy, and the sense of confidence in the rebuilding and the recovery.
Marc Morial
When I’m looking for hot button answers to tough questions, I don’t look to congressman or my mayor. I say, ‘What would Miss U.S.A. have to say about this?’
If people are expecting the mayor of Portland to solve the problem of homelessness they’re going to be sorely disappointed and that’s just the truth.
I was the first girl in my high school to be chosen as head girl of both my school and my hoste. I was also elected as the Deputy Junior Mayor of the George City Council in grade 11.
I think of being the mayor of a big city with so many incredible things happening – but also so many challenges and opportunities – as really being kind of the chief advocate for the people.
I love Mayor Pete. I’ve always liked Joe Biden. I like Elizabeth Warren.
Since becoming mayor in 2009, Julian has worked tirelessly to pursue policies that honor the aspirations of the people he represents. I’m proud that my brother has achieved his dreams, but I’m even more proud of the work he’s done to help others achieve theirs.
Joaquin Castro
Everyone in Tel Aviv knows Yosl Bergner. In 2006, the mayor made him a Freeman of the City. Now he carries a card which allows him to park his car anywhere with impunity. If only he could drive.
Deep in the heart of Kentucky‘s rugged Eastern Mountain region, there lives a woman who has fascinated and inspired me for two decades. She is known locally these days as ‘Mayor Nan’ – the octogenarian chief executive of Hazard and advocate for its 5,467 residents.
During the debates for mayor, I was continually pressed on my position on the policing procedure known as ‘stop and frisk’ – which is actually in law enforcement known as ‘stop, question and frisk’ – and why I believed that, if used properly, it could reduce crime without infringing on personal liberties and human rights.
As mayor of Jerusalem, I wanted the government to invest the necessary funds in order to unite the city in an effective manner with full rights for the Palestinians living in Jerusalem, so the world would say, ‘Okay, it can work.’
I’m an average American. As I joke, I’m the average Mexican American Jewish Italian mayor of the most diverse city in the world.
You must keep people happy backstage because that affects what’s onstage. During a run, the playwright feels like the mayor of a small town filled with noble creatures who have to get out there and make it brand new every night. When a production works, it’s unlike any other joy in the world.
Be assured that I did not become the Mayor of Chicago to preside over its decline.
When a city says, ‘If you’re illegal, come here, we’re not going to prosecute you,’ the federal law should supersede the local mayor’s edict.
A mayor is a symbol and a public face of what a city bureaucracy provides its citizens.
In high school, I was on the youth advisory council for the Mayor’s Office of Los Angeles, and that was kind of my first experience in the bureaucratic system. We tried to get things done, and nobody was really interested in getting anything done.
The city of Paris is determined to promote the happiness-on-a-bike fantasy. Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo wants to turn the city into the most bike-friendly capital in the world.
No one should walk into a party and have a stamp that says ‘mayor’ or ‘businessman‘ on their head. Everyone is just there to have a good time.
I did not allow tent encampments on the streets when I was mayor of San Diego.
I used to do stand-up, actually. I had a ten-minute routine I did for a thing called ‘Stand Up for Labour‘ where we’d go around different seats and use comedy to raise money. I stopped doing this routine when I started running for mayor.
As Mayor of San Francisco, I will work hard to ensure that, in the event of natural or man-made disasters, San Franciscans are prepared and our City is protected.
My mother, she worked in the mayor’s office in Chicago when I was growing up and has been in democratic politics for a long time.
For the fifth year in a row, the Bush budget cuts city core services to pay for wealthy tax breaks. And once again, the mayor’s requests were not funded.
When I was mayor of Tulsa, Tulsa County was in nonattainment of the 1979 ozone NAAQS, so I have seen firsthand the economic impacts associated with the challenges of attainment and the legacy of EPA intervention that continues long after meeting the standard.
I was pretty successful before Sept. 11 and fully expected that when I left being mayor I would be very successful.
I was director of governmental affairs at the Cleveland school district. I served in the administration of Mayor Michael R. White.
I firmly believe that we can protect taxpayer dollars, bus drivers’ jobs, and the safety of our students. We just need a mayor who actually cares about all three.
I sort of half read Thomas Hardy‘s ‘The Mayor of Casterbridge.’ It was assigned in 10th grade, and I just couldn’t get into it. About seven years later, I rediscovered Hardy and consumed four of his novels in a row.
The mayor has got to work closely with a wide variety of people, his city council, state legislature, governor, business community, labor community, president and the congress in order to be able to do this.
Marc Morial
On my left arm, I have the zip code 15104. That’s Braddock, Pennsylvania, my home and the community I was honored to serve as mayor for 15 years.
My master‘s was in economics, and my Ph.D. was in philosophy, and I became a professor at USP. But after three years, I was invited to be secretary of finance for Sao Paulo mayor Marta Suplicy. They reached out to be because of my economics background.
Only in Chicago do they care more about who the mayor is than who’s president.
We have a great, positive relationship with Mexico. The Tijuana mayor crosses into San Diego, we talk all the time and vice verses. It’s about neighbors working together, and that’s my very clear message about a bi-national region that works. That’s a competitive advantage.
As mayor in an executive position, I have to dress more like an executive, which has been delightful.
Being elected as Seoul Mayor came to me like God’s calling.
My top priority if elected mayor is matching Portland with economic opportunity.
Listen, if the mayor wants to have a debate about education in this city, I got three words: bring it on.
I get called ‘Mayor West‘ a lot in airports. I’ve been very fortunate to have a fan base that keeps growing, and the work gets such a warm response and humor from people.
It’s going very different for citizens of Chicago to know that they have an advocate in the mayor’s office – getting rid of the ‘us versus them,’ the lack of investment in our neighborhoods, the feeling that the only thing that matters is if you’re a campaign donor.
Mayor Koch, of New York, was the first public figure to give me support.
Ryan White
Racial politics in Chicago has a long history of being intertwined with the mayor’s race, but I’d like to think we’re past much of that.
As the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, I see on a daily basis the impact of politics and policy on my family, neighbors, friends, and residents.
As mayor, I’m in the frying pan. I’m just sitting here on the griddle now, and I’ve got to really think, you know, do I want to stay here on the griddle?
Anthony A. Williams
I was a little lacking in vision as mayor – I failed to understand the significance that housing and the revitalization of housing means for a city.
Henry Cisneros
I do like men and I had, you know, a guy in high school that I wanted to marry desperately. He’s the mayor of some small town in Texas. I could be the mayor’s wife right now.
I hope Paper Boi runs for president. I hope he does. Governor, mayor, senator, I hope he does it all. You better believe it.
When the opportunity came up to do social justice work for the New School in an academic setting, and still be able to support the mayor and be part of the de Blasio family, it was kind of a no-brainer for me.
As a mayor, my instinct is to really think about how to get something done and not to make the promise unless you have some view of the pathway. You don’t have to have it all figured out, but you have to have a pathway there.
My father became the Mayor of Indian Wells, California, a tony desert enclave of rich, conservative Republicans.
Magic Johnson, former basketball player, may run for mayor of L.A. in the next election. Remember the good ‘ol days when only qualified people ran for office like actors and professional wrestlers.
At the end of the day, New Yorkers need a mayor who understands the problems they face, brings a smart plan and good people to the table, and, more than anything, has the independence, courage and conviction to do the right thing.
It’s true that not every day a little black girl in a low-income family from a segregated steel town makes the runoff to be the mayor of the third-largest city in America.
I find it ironic how New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg is so focused on such small issues as drink sizes, while ignoring the massive infrastructure challenges in New York – lousy roads, third-world airports, traffic jams, etc.
Portland needs a mayor who is going to take on the significant issues this city is facing.
I was born and grew up in Fitzgerald, way down in south Georgia. It was a mill town and my family ran the cotton mill. My grandfather was mayor many times and my family felt deeply rooted to that spot.
Frances Mayes
I’ve been doing nineteen hours a day on London, nothing else, I mean this has been my whole life, and writing has been put on one side, and if I’m privileged enough to be the Mayor of this city, then I will not write again.
In New York, we had primary elections for mayor. To improve their chances, all five candidates changed their name to Rudy Giuliani.
What matters is voting for where you live: Who’s your mayor, who’s your police chief, who represents you, your city council, your judges. That matters that you vote.
If we don’t get gun-control laws in this country, we are full of beans. To have the National Rifle Association rule the United States is pathetic. And I agree with Mayor Michael Bloomberg: It’s time to put up or shut up about gun control for both parties.
Harvey Weinstein
I’m honored to serve as mayor of my hometown where our founders started America with three simple words: ‘We, the people.’ And when they said ‘people’ they didn’t mean ‘corporations.’
I didn’t have a whole lot of role models to say, ‘This much is possible, versus this much.’ So I finally said, ‘I think I’d like to be a mayor. I’d like to pull together a city and help do good things.’
It’s easy to be the Mayor of Slamtown in the wrestling ring.
In the coming days, I know there will be some reflecting on my time as mayor. Many of you will search to find what’s behind my decision. It’s simple. I have always believed that every person, especially public officials, must understand when it is time to move on. For me, that time is now.
San Francisco needs a Mayor who will make all our neighborhoods safe, a Mayor with a record of standing up for public safety and fighting for the resources we need.
Pete Buttigieg is one of my closest friends as a mayor.
Have you ever heard the expression ‘one hot mess?’ I think the term was custom-made for the mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford.
I think our communication strategy has been very disciplined as being a back-to-basics mayor and about focusing on making City Hall work and jumpstarting our economy.
Before being elected to Congress, I was a mayor, and it’s this perspective that makes me certain that Ed FitzGerald is the right kind of leader to get Ohio back on track.
I certainly didn’t see the mayor’s withdrawal coming. I was looking for a highly contested mayoral campaign.
I believe my role as mayor is to be out in the community and as much as possible, I want my team out in the community.
Our kids’ lives depend upon keeping them safe. That has to be a fundamental duty and responsibility for me as mayor. That means we have to continue hard but necessary work of bridging the divide between police and communities they serve.
I know I’m not going to be working with the WWE forever. That’s why I’m going to be the Mayor of the city of Houston, so I can move on to the next stage of my life.
I will say that walking down the street, getting on the subway, taking the elevator, if there’s one or two people and they say, ‘Great job, Mayor,’ that is a real turn-on. I mean, anybody that wouldn’t find that satisfying, rewarding, exciting, thrilling – I think they should see the doctor.
My brother is the former mayor of Baltimore.
I am making this trip to Africa because Washington is an international city, just like Tokyo, Nigeria or Israel. As mayor, I am an international symbol. Can you deny that to Africa?
Marion Barry
Oh, when I was mayor of San Antonio, I pushed for expanding high-quality, full-day pre-K. We didn’t have the resources to make it universal, but you could clearly see that that was what I wanted to do.
I’m in what feels like a pretty transparent fishbowl as mayor. People see you at the market, people see you at the diner, people see you wherever you are, talk to you. You don’t shave, they’re taking selfies of you. You come back from your jog, they’re talking to you.
When I’m in charge, you will never have to question whether anyone is listening, whether the mayor even wants the job. You will never have to ask yourself whether you matter. You will never have to wonder whether I’m in Iowa.
Throughout his career, Bloomberg has repeatedly shown blatant disrespect for individual rights and civil liberties. The first thing that comes to mind is probably the way he tried to micromanage New Yorkers’ food choices during his time as mayor.
I’ve done eight years as mayor of London. I enjoyed it hugely; it was a massive privilege.
The job of mayor and Governor is becoming more and more like the job of university president, which I used to be; it looks like you are in charge, but you are not.
I would consider running for office. But not for mayor.
Once you’ve been a mayor, you look to try to get things done.
I would not vote for the mayor. It’s not just because he didn’t invite me to dinner, but because on my way into town from the airport there were such enormous potholes.
My mother at the age of 65 decided she was going to run for mayor. She had never run for public office, and she decided she wanted to try and do some things for the community.
Being a mayor was an awesome, difficult job. Being the chair of the Armed Services Committee was perhaps the most incredible time in my life, because I got up one morning, and the peacenik from Berkeley was chair of the Armed Services Committee, and it was the greatest – one of the great challenges of my life.
As the mayor of London, my highest priority is keeping Londoners and visitors to our city safe from harm.
I didn’t run for mayor to be the caretaker of the status quo.
I believe that the mayor of the most diverse city anywhere in the world has to be a uniter, has to be someone that’s comfortable in every community, has to be someone that represents all of us.
I may not be the world’s best glad-handing politician, but I’ve been elected mayor twice. I understand politics. And I definitely understand where the state line is.
Anthony A. Williams
I always tell people that being the mayor of an urban city for eight years was like getting run over by a truck every day. There’s inner satisfaction, but 24 hours a day, every day, I’m on duty.
Most of the job on DDP was already done by the time I became mayor. So was Gwanghwamun Square, described by many architects as the city’s worst architectural creation, and the new city hall. I did not think that redoing them would be the right approach as that would only create new problems.
I believe the best type of mayor is one who seeks to uplift people and make their quality of life better and sometimes that requires tough decisions.
I was involved as deputy mayor in New York City on 9/11.
When you go to the mayor’s office and you want something done, then that person should have the authority to do it for you. And if the person can’t do it for you, then you should have the ability to hold that person responsible.
If I go into a restaurant there’s a very good chance that I’m going to spend my time being the mayor. If I want to have a good time, I’m happier having dinner here.
I’ve had the honour of being elected as a Labour councillor, MP and mayor, thanks to the hard work of Labour members, and I believe that the will of our membership should be respected.
If you’re mayor, it’s your duty to support all the groups within the city.
I love being the mayor. I want to be the mayor forever.
By the way, conversely, one thing I’ve learned in my career, beginning when I ran for mayor, is that a lot of older voters are among the most excited about a younger candidate. So, you know, I think somebody of any age can deliver a compelling message.
There was an exhibition in Munich in 1937, ‘Degenerate Art,’ which included work by Klee, Kandinsky, Beckmann and many others. The work was called ‘sick‘ and put in the trash heap. The sentiments expressed toward contemporary art by Jesse Helms, Pat Robertson and Mayor Giuliani recall the language used by the Nazis.
Hans Haacke
While Mayor Daley surprised me today with his decision to not run for reelection, I have never been surprised by his leadership, dedication and tireless work on behalf of the city and the people of Chicago.
I’m confident that, were I mayor, I would do some things differently than he has. But I think there’s a world of difference between him and his immediate predecessor.
People tell me, ‘You better lose weight if you want to run for mayor.’ I said, ‘I got the Chris Christie look.’
When I became mayor of New York City, I had a $2.4 billion deficit. And everybody wanted me to raise taxes. I said, ‘If I raise taxes, I’ll drive people out of New York City, and then I’ll be raising taxes again.’ So what I did was I cut expenses by 15 percent.
I would watch ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ and borrow a few lines here and there from guests like Red Buttons and Buddy Hackett to create a routine. Then I started getting invited to do political functions like the governor’s birthday ball or mayor’s dinner.
As long as I am mayor of this city the great industries are secure.
Frank Hague
If I become mayor of London, my single biggest priority will be to build thousands more homes every year. I will set a target to make half of all the new homes that are built genuinely affordable, with first dibs for Londoners.
I probably saved more black lives as mayor of New York City than any mayor in the history of this city. And I did it by having to use police officers in black areas where there was an astounding amount of crime. If that crime was in white areas, police officers would be in white areas.
When you’re mayor, not every project is going to go well.
The charge that liberal candidates don’t connect with or understand the values and beliefs of regular Americans is embedded in old epithets like ‘limousine liberal,’ which I first heard aimed at New York Mayor John Lindsay in 1969.
As mayor, I got used to the fact that when you walked out of the house in the morning to pick up the newspaper in your boxers, there could be a camera there.
During my campaign for Public Advocate, and Mayor Bill de Blasio’s campaign for mayor, we committed to making Eid school holidays a reality.
My father was in Congress when I was born. He was mayor my whole life from when I was in grade school – first grade – to when I went away to college.
Dick Grasso would be a superb mayor of the City of New York. He loves the city.
I don’t know many better training grounds than being mayor of San Francisco – those were pretty intense years in terms of reporting and scrutiny.
I am also a Kentucky Colonel and an Honorary Mayor of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, among other things.
Jack L. Chalker
I’ll be the mayor of all the people.
Doug Ford
I wanted to finish my career with one team, in one city, one mayor, one park, one owner. I did that. The Wrigleys owned the team. We played all of our home games at Wrigley Field during the daytime. So my career was very unique, and I am proud of it.
Safety and security are the most basic job of government. I understand that – both as a mayor who works every day to secure public safety and reduce crime, and also as someone who deployed in uniform to Afghanistan because I believed joining the military was part of my duty to help keep my country safe.
They can’t take your house and give it to the mayor’s mistress, even if they pay you for it. But they can, apparently, take your house and tear it down to make room for a development of trendy shops and restaurants, a hotel and so on.
As mayor, my New Deal for New York will be a massive infrastructure, stimulus, and jobs program consisting of a $10 billion investment.
Don’t run for mayor if you don’t want to basically be working all the time.
I’m not going to become an MP and I’m not going to be London Mayor. I have no political ambitions.
I am so proud to be the Mayor of Braddock, Pennsylvania – a storied steel town I like to say built half the world.
As mayor of San Francisco, I will provide the vision and work hard to make San Francisco a beautiful, well-planned city with excellent housing and transportation options.
I’ve run for office, and I’ve stood on street corners, while people walked by me and didn’t want to talk to me, and did not think I was a credible candidate. And then four years later, I was nearly elected mayor of San Francisco, so I know what it takes.
When I first ran for mayor in 2005, I made a pledge to confront the epidemic of gun violence in Braddock.
New Yorkers have real issues, and they deserve to have a mayor that is prepared to work with them to solve the challenges they have, reduce the problems that they have, and they deserve to have a mayor’s race that is focused on them.
The credit for much of this rightly belongs to the late Mayor Daley who forged a coalition of business and labor that kept Chicago always moving ahead.
I’ve been a candidate for office at least eight times. A couple times for mayor, state representative, city council.
Wherever there are rock ‘n’ rollers, we’ll play. That’s what we’ve been doing for more than 30 years – rock ‘n’ roll. It’s made me everything from an honorary mayor to honorary member of a motorcycle gang.
Ronnie Hawkins
When I ran the first time in 2001, they called me ‘The Latino Mayor.’ By the time I left in 2013, with a 58 percent approval rating, half the people liked me, half the people didn’t. I was everybody’s mayor. There was never any criticism that I was just for one group.
If President Trump were to say, ‘I’m going to go to San Juan to see that nasty mayor,’ I would receive him with open arms because democracy is larger than me.
Carmen Yulin Cruz
So the mayor of New Orleans would have used his own buses had the people had been white?
I strongly believe being mayor is the public post in which you have the greatest opportunity to change peoples’ lives for the better. People live in cities, not states or nations. As a mayor, you are connected directly to citizens.
Being the mayor of your hometown is the best job in America, partly because it’s relatively nonpartisan – we focus on results, not ideology.
If you elect a matinee idol mayor, you’re going to have a musical comedy administration.
Robert Moses
Anti-gun groups, most of which are funded by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, have done little to promote or fund real gun safety programs.
Ninety-five percent of my work is being mayor. But that 5% that nags at all of us – of what’s going wrong in this country – I think is best thought out not in your own head but by getting out there, being out there, and listening to Americans.
If the city is safe, the mayor shouldn’t have a security detail with him, he should be walking the street by himself.
I’ve probably saved more black lives as mayor of New York City than any mayor in New York City with the possible exception of Mike Bloomberg, who was there for 12 years.
I want to live and work in Chicago for the rest of my life. You know when you were growing up and you wanted to become president? What I want now is to be mayor of this damned town in ten years.
For better or worse, when you’re running for mayor, there’s a little bit of a spotlight on you.
I enjoyed the administrative work because it involved working with Congress, city council, and the mayor. I had never been a politician so it was fun – learning political maneuvering.
As I climbed the electoral ladder – from state assemblyman to mayor of Woodbridge and finally to governor of New Jersey – political compromises came easy to me because I’d learned how to keep a part of myself innocent of them.
The job of mayor of London is unbelievably taxing, particularly in the run-up to the Olympics.
Before I became prime minister, as mayor of Jerusalem, I became world-renowned because of my fight for the unity of Jerusalem.
I’d work to make it hip again to spend time in our fabled and fabulous land. But with a Puerto Rican father and a Jewish mother, I would probably be better suited as mayor of New York.
I could easily say that, for quite a long time before I became mayor, I had obeyed all laws.
I was once made honorary mayor of my hometown of Newark, Del.
Whenever people say, ‘You should be president,’ I say, ‘I thought you liked me.’ Listen, I thought being mayor of Stamford was a wonderful job. Being governor of a state for a period of time is a wonderful job, and I’m not sure I’m at all attracted to Washington.
As a former nine-year member of the Board of Supervisors and nine-year mayor, I know firsthand the merits of strong zoning laws. They protect residential areas so they can support families and be free of commercial activities that are not related to neighborhood needs.
Your Mayor must seek new ways to bring jobs and industry to our community.
Alan Autry
We are saving taxpayers’ money, I believe I am doing a very good job at mayor.