Following the news that the U.S. Congress has certified Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’s decisive election victory, Maine Democratic Party Chair Kathleen Marra released the following statement:

“Overnight, Congress once again reaffirmed what we’ve known since November:  In 13 days Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be our next president and vice president. Despite Donald Trump’s dangerous, failed attempts to subvert the will of the people and overturn the results of a free and fair election, democracy prevailed.

“As we awake to the reality of yesterday’s violence at the United States Capitol––incited by the president––we’re reminded that our democracy is fragile. As President-elect Biden said yesterday, ‘To preserve it requires people of good will, leaders with the courage to stand up, who are devoted not to pursuit of power and personal interest at any cost, but to the common good.’

“It’s time for people of good will and leaders with courage to work together, preserve our democracy and build our country back better than before.”