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Why Mayors Are Running

Touting the virtues of city-level government, mayors from across the country may be throwing their hats into the 2020 election ring—and no wonder.
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is one of several current and former mayors eyeing the White House in 2020.
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is one of several current and former mayors eyeing the White House in 2020.Nam Y. Huh/AP

Fresh off 48 hours of negotiations that brought an end to a six-day teachers strike in the largest school district in California, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti had a message for Washington.

Garcetti, who spoke at the winter convention of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in D.C. on Thursday, said that he pulled his first all-nighter on the job since his election in 2013 after he stepped in to mediate the strike. The lesson he learned about compromise, he said, is one that leaders in Washington—which was then in the final throes of a partial government shutdown—could take to heart. “I did what mayors do: We see a problem, and we jump in and solve it,” he said.