ENDORSEMENT: Councilmember Marion Barry

Elissa Silverman receives endorsement from Ward 8 Councilmember and former Mayor Marion Barry Jr.

WASHINGTON (October 27, 2014). The Honorable Marion S. Barry Jr. has just announced that he is supporting Elissa Silverman for D.C. Council At-Large. Here is what he had to say about Elissa's candidacy:

"This Council needs additional progressive voices–those who are going to oppose cutting TANF benefits, supporting issues relevant to labor, leaders who believe in social justice, support raising the minimum wage, expanding paid sick days for workers, affordable housing, income equality, minority business and a variety of other issues that reduce poverty.

There are a lot of candidates who are worthy of support, however, I can only choose one, and my choice is Elissa Silverman."

"I look forward to working with Councilmember Barry on reducing poverty in Ward 8 and across the city," said Silverman. "He knows that I have been a tireless advocate for his constituents and that I am the best candidate for anyone who cares about poverty in our city." 

Councilmember Barry's full press release is below:

From the desk of the Honorable Marion S. Barry, Jr.
Washington, D.C.

For Immediate Release
October 27, 2014

Contact:  Raymone Bain 
                202-733-1833

Former Four-Term Mayor of the District of Columbia and Current Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry Supports Councilmember Anita Bonds for 
Re-election and Elissa Silverman, Candidate for At-Large, City-wide Council Seat

 

(Washington, D.C.)  I want to reiterate my strong support for my longtime friend and colleague, At-large Councilmember Anita Bonds.  My support for Anita is not a secret. I’ve known Anita for 40 years.  She has served as the Chair of the D.C. Democratic State Committee, and personally as my campaign manager, deputy campaign manager and in a variety of other influential roles.

Anita brings a wealth of knowledge to the City Council.  She has worked tirelessly to assist in developing a progressive agenda including job creation, seniors and other issues pertinent to District residents.

What many are eager to learn is who will I publicly support for the second vacant At-large City Council seat?

Under the City’s charter, there are two council seats set aside for candidates who are not members of the majority party. Therefore, it is impossible for me to endorse two Democrats, which I wish I could do.  I can only vote for one Democrat, and one non-Democrat. 

This Council needs additional progressive voices–those who are going to oppose cutting TANF benefits, supporting issues relevant to labor, leaders who believe in social justice, support raising the minimum wage, expanding paid sick days for workers, affordable housing, income equality, minority business and a variety of other issues that reduce poverty.

There are a lot of candidates who are worthy of support, however, I can only choose one, and my choice is Elissa Silverman.

Today, I join the Metro Washington Council AFL-CIO, the D.C. Police Union, the Sierra Club, the Washington Teachers’ Union and other notable organizations in supporting and fully endorsing Elissa Silverman for the city-wide, At-large City Council seat.

My decision was not an easy decision.

I recognize that my support for Elissa will strike many as a surprise.  During her tenure as a reporter for the Washington Post and the Washington City Paper, she was not one of my favorites, and never in a million years did I think I’d be supporting her today.  In thinking about Ms. Silverman, I know she was only carrying out her duties as a journalist.

As a result of her journalism background, Elissa has a deep understanding of D.C. politics.  She also served as a budget analyst for the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute, where she analyzed the City’s budget. Because of her hands on experience, Elissa, in my view, is knowledgeable on the issues. I look forward to working with her and partnering with her in an effort to aggressively move the District forward and promote a progressive agenda.