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Muriel Bowser Ward 4




John A. Wilson Building

1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004


Phone: (202) 727-2643

Chief of Staff:
John Falcicchio

City Administrator:
Kevin Donahue

Director of the Mayor's Office of Legal Counsel:
Eugene Adams

Senior Advisor:
Beverly Perry

Director of Mayor's Office of Community Affairs:
Jackie Reyes-Yanes

Director of Mayor's Office of Community Relations and Services:
Julia Irving

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December 23, 2022

Letter from the Mayor

Dear Washingtonians,

The holidays are a time for gratitude, and I want to share my gratitude for everyone who has shared their big ideas with me over the past six weeks. I asked you to submit your big ideas for the future of DC, and you did. I’ve heard from students and seniors, from moms and grandmas, from longtime Washingtonians and people who are new to our city. 

Especially after the past few years, we all know the power of big ideas. It was, after all, only two years ago when we were advising people to celebrate the holidays at home – to put traditions on hold to protect our city and each other. Now, two years later, we’re grateful for the scientists and medical professionals who delivered a vaccine to the world so quickly – and then delivered an updated one this year. Big ideas lead to big solutions.  

If you still want to share your big ideas for the future of DC, you can submit them at

Finally, as we head into the weekend, I also want to acknowledge that the holidays can be a particularly stressful time of year. Please remember that DC has a free Mental Health Hotline that will connect you to a trained professional, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The number for the Mental Health Hotline is 1-888-793-4357 or you can call 988 and get connected to support. It is normal to feel depressed, anxious, or just not yourself at times, even and especially around the holidays; it also normal to seek out help when that happens.

Have a safe, fun weekend. Merry Christmas and happy holidays!


Muriel Bowser

In This Week's Newsletter:

December 31, 2022: Inaugural Celebration

The Anthem

Join us on New Year's Eve at The Anthem for an inaugural celebration and midnight toast. The celebration is free and doors will open at 8:00 p.m.


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January 1, 2023: FITDC Fresh Start 5K

Fresh Start 5K

On January 1, 2023, join Mayor Bowser and thousands of DC residents at Freedom Plaza at 11:00 a.m. for the return of the in-person FITDC Fresh Start 5K. This New Year’s Day tradition is free and open to people of all ages, whether you’re running, walking, or cheering on friends and family. 

Residents who do not preregister online can register at Freedom Plaza on January 1 starting at 10:00 a.m. The 5K will begin promptly at 11:00 a.m.

Register for the Fresh Start 5K HERE.

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January 2, 2023: Inauguration and Swearing-In Ceremony

2nd Inauguration

On January 2, 2023, Mayor Bowser will be sworn in for a third term, making her the first woman to serve three terms as the Mayor of Washington, DC.

Start the morning with the Mayor at Interfaith Service at Sixth & I at 8:00 a.m.

Then, head to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center at 9:30 a.m. to witness the swearing-in ceremony for the Mayor, the Council of the District of Columbia, and the Attorney General of the District of Columbia.

Learn more about both events  at

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