As the country watched Joseph Biden take his oath of office — becoming the 46th President of the United States — two Anchorage mayoral candidates chimed in on the historic event in our nation’s capitol earlier this morning.

Anchorage mayoral candidate Bill Falsey wrote of today’s events:

“Inaugurations are a time of hope and renewal — our national jubilee. The crowds in 2009 were incredible; replaced by flags today, I think a similar spirit still prevails.  As the president said, “[T]ogether we shall write an American story of hope, not fear. Of unity, not division. Of light, not darkness. A story of decency and dignity, love and healing, greatness and goodness. May this be the story that guides us. The story that inspires us and the story that tells ages yet to come that we answered the call of history. We met the moment.” And may it ever be so.”

Anchorage mayoral candidate Forrest Dunbar wrote of today’s events:

“Who else woke up early this morning to watch the historic Biden-Haris inauguration? I thought a lot about the challenges we face, but also about the strength that comes from unity. There is so much to talk about today, but Amanda Gorman’s poetry stole the show for me. Her words were moving and beautiful, and I hope you all will find inspiration in her poem like I did. Here’s a link to hear this beautiful poem.”