Clinton addresses the nation’s mayors in Indianapolis 

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By Shelby Mullis

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton addressed hundreds of the nation’s mayors Sunday on the conference’s vision — the importance of federal-local partnerships, strong economies and the priority of urban issues.

Nearly 300 mayors from across the country were in attendance for Clinton’s address at the 84th annual U.S. Conference of Mayors in Indianapolis.

“People across America know that they don’t want empty promises — they want solutions,” Clinton said. “And that is what working with you I hope to offer them.”

In her second address to the nation’s mayors — the first one was at the 2015 meeting in Minneapolis — Clinton used the opportunity as a campaign event for the 2016 presidential election.

Speaking directly to the 215 mayors in attendance, Clinton listed a number of goals she hopes to accomplish as president, with the help of local government.

“I have to say, when I was growing up, one of the things my parents just drilled in me was not only loving my country, but that we can do anything we set our minds to,” Clinton said.

Clinton said she is setting the bar high, aiming to accomplish the following:

  • Connect every household to broadband by 2020
  • Create a cleaner, more resilient power grid with enough renewable energy to power every home in America
  • Have the United States become the 21st Century Clean Energy Superpower
  • Invest in public transit
  • Fix water systems to prevent similar situations to Flint
  • Renovate public schools.
Clinton said it is investments like these that will help cities — cities like Indianapolis.

For Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett, Clinton’s address hit home.

Since taking office in January, Hogsett continues to focus his attention on urban issues and infrastructure in the metropolitan area.

Hogsett said, with advice from other mayors, he is going to continue the battle for public safety.

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“[Public safety] continues to be a challenge here in the city of Indianapolis,” Hogsett said. “The opportunity to listen to the best practices from other communities is very important.”

Before Clinton’s address, Hogsett said he would be interested in hearing what Clinton had to offer on the federal-local partnership moving forward.

In her closing remarks, Clinton reached out to the Republican audience members, adding that the most important way to get the job done is by working together.

“I can imagine that some of our Republican friends here today may have questions about whether you can work with a Democrat or work with me personally. And we will disagree,” she said.

But Clinton reassured them that there is much more she can agree on with Republicans, and referenced her time at secretary of state as experience for knowing things can’t get done unless “we work together.”

“I will also always listen,” Clinton said. “I want to gather people together and figure out how to solve problems.”

All 2016 presidential candidates were invited to speak at the annual event. Libertarian Gary Johnson is scheduled to speak Monday at the JW Marriott at 11:15 a.m.

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