The Mayor's Perspective: Mayor David Holt of Oklahoma City and Mayor Bryan Barnett of Rochester Hills, MI

Friday, July 31, 2020 - Mayors David Holt and Bryan Barnett discuss the challenges of serving as mayors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Mayor's Holt and Barnett discuss the challenges of serving as mayors during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mayor's Holt and Barnett discuss the challenges of serving as mayors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

David Holt became mayor of Oklahoma City in 2018, voted in with 78% of the vote. Before taking office, he served in the Oklahoma State Senate for eight years. And Bryan Barnett has served as mayor of Rochester Hills, Michigan since 2006. He also serves as President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Today, they will discuss the challenges of serving as mayors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mayor Holt explains that Oklahoma City began to experience COVID-19 rather late in comparison to other cities and states, and that allowed for a faster and stricter response early on that explains their lower case numbers. Mayor Barnett laments the reality that whether you wear a mask or not seems to be an advertisement for your political allegiances. Both he and Mayor Holt claim that politics at the local level does not have the same partisanship and they wish that attiude was more often embraced in DC.

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