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Should presidential candidates be required to hold higher elected office?

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is hinting heavily at a potential presidential run. He would join South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and former San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro as candidates who have never held elected office higher than the city level. Some argue mayoral duties are more similar to presidential tasks than elected offices on the federal level, like the Senate. Others believe the president must have a familiarity with national issues that can only be gained through higher office. What do you think?

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CityLab argues that changing demographics and national needs are making it much more likely that a mayor, or a candidate with similar local experience, could ascend to the presidency. 

Many mayors now have a track record of success: Most cities are vastly better than they were twenty years ago. They are safer, better governed, and in better fiscal shape
...The demographic line that used to divide city and suburb is blurring. Cities are becoming more white and many suburbs have diversified. They are looking more ethnically alike, and they now both face similar challenges of poverty, crime, transportation, and housing. As titular heads of their metro regions, mayors are ideally positioned to capture the metro vote and speak to these national issues.
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Cities especially are becoming a microcosm of the nation as a whole. Mayors must represent a far more diverse constituency than a senator from a gerrymandered district. Per Politico:

“Cities are powerful forces now; they’re almost like city-states,” said Henry Cisneros, who was mayor of San Antonio when, in 1984, he was interviewed to be Walter Mondale’s presidential running mate. “While it is perfectly plausible that a governor, even of a small state, can run for president … why isn’t it plausible that a mayor of a major, global epicenter of power like New York or Los Angeles or Chicago or Seattle or Miami shouldn’t be plausible at the presidential level?”
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The Atlantic explains, even among higher offices, there is a hierarchy of who the American public sees as most fit for the presidency. While senators and governors frequently ascend to the presidency, members of the House of Representatives have a much harder time. 

For all the worthy experience that a career in the House affords, no one has been elected directly from that body to the presidency or vice presidency since 1880 and 1932, respectively. But if House service doesn’t qualify you for the presidency, it doesn’t seem to count against you, either. Lyndon Johnson’s long tenure in the House didn’t knock him out of contention. And George H. W. Bush, who was exceptional in having never been a governor or a senator, made it from the House to the vice presidency in 14 years, after an intervening career as United Nations ambassador, envoy to China, and CIA director. As for mayors, state legislators, and other political leaders, the story is simple: Able though they may be, they might as well forget it. Even New York City Mayors John Lindsay and Rudy Giuliani, whose national profiles rivaled those of any governor, couldn’t make the jump.
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 According to Slate, governors are in the best position to argue their experience is analogous to what they would do as president. 

Running even a small state government resembles being president more than holding hearings and issuing press releases or even passing the occasional resolution. And that’s about all that a Senator can do, ever since Congress more or less ceded dictatorial power in foreign policy to the president.
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However, according to Vox, the current president has the least political and military experience of any president before. 

In the office’s storied 227-year existence — from George Washington to Barack Obama — there has never been a president who has entirely lacked both political and military service. Donald Trump has broken this barrier.

2020 could be the year the United States finally elects a former mayor to the presidency. 

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