Why Local Representatives
In general, the role of a mayor is a call for the pragmatic servant, one dealing with the daily issues of their community, necessarily not for any other ends outside of their community. Unlike the politician, who is more concerned about interfering in the affairs of regions not of his own for selfish interests, the ideal local representative stands as a polar opposite. A true mayor’s interests are aligned with their community. Communities have been known to adopt norms and customs, adhered to far more strictly than overreaching legislation; they don’t necessarily need to fully rely on national rulings.
The goal is to get to zero; the mayors’ sole objective. Local representatives ideally know their communities best, which put them in the position to personalize the solution, the exit-strategy, to the smallest scale possible. There would be no reason to find concern for the political left/right divide; this becomes obviated in the presence of the greater enemy, SARS-CoV-2, but obviated through the success in eliminating such a beast as well. In achieving green-zone status, communities can realize how much power they truly hold and now hold the foundation to work collaboratively on other municipal-level projects.
For the local representative, it is in their self-interest to act on behalf of their people; not only would they be increasing the capacity/influence of their office tangibly, but in the broader political sphere as well. A global consortium of mayors and other local leaders must work together to develop strategies to rein in much of the political autonomy local governance once held. For now, they are forced to do it out of necessity; the proven solutions for this pandemic has been shown to be far more intimate and community-centered than first conceived. Federal governments don’t hold the capacity to deliver thorough/tailor-made interventions across a diverse nation.
National governments need to contribute little, focusing on delivering essential resources and national border control. At the same time, this model will further strengthen the role of existing global associations of mayors at an international level and empower civic participation at a local level.