WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Democratic primary winner in the D.C. mayoral election Muriel Bowser took the podium at the National Press Club on Wednesday to discuss her win. She defeated Vincent Gray who is the sitting mayor. He will have nine months left in his term.
"Good morning, everybody. Thank you for being with us this morning. I'm very proud to be here after one year and now eight days on the campaign trail. We launched -- I launched -- I'm going to fix that, I launched my campaign for mayor last March 23, and we got all over the District of Columbia and all eight wards and every neighborhood talking to residents about what they wanted to see for their futures," began Bowser. "I couldn't be more proud than to say that people came out for us and they spoke with a loud voice and they spoke with one big loud voice."
She continued, "Many people didn't think that we would get the types of numbers that we got, but I think having 44% of Democrats come out to endorse my agenda and my vision for the future is very substantial. I have a lot of people to thank for that. You heard from my chairman Bill Lightfoot as we just really have a fantastic team that helped us get to that point. Last night, we were in Congress Heights in Ward 8 to thank our supporters and volunteers for their extraordinary efforts, for their energy, and for their willingness to really step up and step out for us all across the city, and I couldn't be more grateful."
See the rest of her statement here: http://www.wusa9.com/videos/news/local/dc/2014/04/02/7206603/
Bowser told the crowd that "today our campaign begins anew." The Muriel Bowser for Mayor Campaign will now get ready for the general election and continue to operate on Georgia Avenue in Petworth and on Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue in Anacostia.
Earlier Wednesday, Bowser's campaign sent out this email to her supporters:
"We are about to see a brighter future for #All8Wards - you have put your trust in me to be DC's Democratic candidate for mayor, and I couldn't be more proud. I am humbled by and grateful for your confidence in me to lead DC to new heights and beginnings in education equality, infrastructure investment, and economic justice.
Since the start of this campaign, my vision and plan for our city reflect all of what I have heard from you. We want our government to focus on getting the basics right - good schools, safe and affordable places to live, decent middle-class jobs, and world-class city services regardless of your zip code. That's my promise if elected DC Mayor this November.
I look forward to continuing on the campaign trail with you all and breaking new ground by ensuring a fresh start for this amazing city that I admire every day. Thank you for your continuous support. Your trust is the biggest endorsement I could ever receive.