Kansas Mayor resigns after threat over backing mask mandate: “I no longer feel safe in this situation”


The mayor of Western Kansas announced his resignation on Tuesday because of the threats he received after publicly endorsing the masked mandate. COVID-19 Ubiquitous epidemic. Dodge City Mayor Joyce Warshaw said she was concerned about her safety after encountering threats via phone and email after experiencing aggression, as she found in a USA Today article on Friday supporting the mask mandate on The Rose City Globe reported.

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Dodge City Mayor Joyce Warshaw


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“Life has faced many challenges in our world, causing many people to act improperly, but I no longer feel safe in this situation and am optimistic in myself to overcome this anger, the charge And the abuses will not fall on anyone else and calm down, ”Warshaw wrote in his resignation letter.

The commission voted 4–1 on 16 November, with a number of exceptions mandating a mask.

According to the state health department, Ford County, where Dodge City is located, 4,914 cases of COVID-19 have been reported since the epidemic. The county has approximately 33,600 residents.

Public Health officials have called Wear universal mask To help slow the spread of the epidemic, which has been killed More than 300,000 Americans.

Warshaw said that despite the threats, she does not regret voting in favor of the masked mandate.

“It’s harder for me than people,” Warshaw said as she began to cry. “I really love this city with all my heart. I still believe in this city, and I believe in their ability to not harm each other.”

Warshaw told MSNBC on Wednesday that he had moved out of Dodge City. She also said that she changed her political registration from Republican to unaffected, “only because the Republican Party is not the Republican Party I know.”

Some of the threatening emails have been handed over to the police. Specific details of the threats were not provided.

Dodge City Police Chief Drew Francis said the department is looking into communications to determine its response.

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