Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome was sworn in for her second time period on Saturday morning in a digital ceremony that emphasised the values of unity and progress for the city-parish.
Held on the River Heart Department Library, the inauguration had restricted in-person attendance due to the coronavirus. Surrounded by her household and buddies, Broome took the oath of workplace earlier than addressing the neighborhood and her targets for the long run.
Broome famous that she was elected to her first time period in the course of the tumultuous yr of 2016, which noticed main floods, unrest over the Alton Sterling taking pictures and a lethal ambush of police. Because it was then, she stated her aim is to assist town heal.
All through her speech, she highlighted her often-used metaphor, “the material of our neighborhood,” that illustrates how people are “inextricably woven collectively” to discover how town has grown and altered within the intervening years.
“At present, as I stand earlier than you, I had no thought how a lot that message of consciousness and admonishment regarding our togetherness would ring true over my first time period,” she stated. “I can firmly say that the material of our neighborhood has been examined and stretched in methods we haven’t seen earlier than.”
Broome stated that, regardless of quite a few challenges — together with a world pandemic — the neighborhood has remained unified.
Though her speech typically supported town’s progress, she touched briefly on political conflicts that plagued a lot of her first time period.
Along with bemoaning what she characterised as partisan politics and the notion of deteriorating civility amongst elected officers, Broome alluded to the potential issues attributable to the motion to create a brand new metropolis of St. George and different factions which have criticized her administration lately, though she didn’t explicitly identify them.
“Totally different assessments have precipitated responses, concern and engagement for some greater than others, however those that have love for this metropolis and parish and haven’t sought to drive their very own agenda, have discovered the intrinsic worth in our togetherness,” she stated.
The latter a part of her speech targeted on visualizing a future the place Baton Rouge can proceed to vary and rework based mostly on a basis she says has already been established beneath her management.
This consists of encouraging Baton Rouge residents to take delight of their metropolis, one thing she says she has not at all times witnessed in her tenure as mayor. She additionally acknowledged that regardless of her push for “prosperity and progress,” there are important challenges to succeed in these targets for a lot of within the parish.
“We can not deny or ignore the problems we have now in our metropolis and parish,” she stated. “We can not search to implement Band-Support options.”
In speaking concerning the economic system, Broome highlighted the public-private partnership mannequin her administration has embraced and the significance of supporting variety and inclusion in contracting to help minority and small companies.
“Whereas I’d welcome a utopic expertise over the subsequent 4 years, if my first time period taught me something our neighborhood will proceed to be examined,” she stated. “Whether or not it’s the ongoing pandemic and its affect or methods we will’t even think about, we have to be ready for that material to be stretched and its togetherness threatened.”