The Washington Post’s Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Colbert I. King praised my campaign today for concentrating on what’s important in this election. He said my focus on the issues that matter to District residents sets me apart from my competitors. In criticizing other candidates’ use of divisive rhetoric, Colby points out that that I am “more issue-oriented and freer from partisan politics” than my competitors, and that I have “a deeper understanding of the District’s challenges and issues, especially the budget, than the rest of the field.” I’m grateful to Colby for reminding voters (and some of the other candidates) that the winner of the April 23 election will represent the whole city, and that what really matters in this election are the solutions candidates offer to the challenges facing the District.
I think it’s important to focus on what really matters. More than three out of ten kids in our city live in poverty. I will focus on policies that will help lift these families out of poverty through investments in schools, affordable housing, and workforce development that leads to jobs and careers. But I also think we need to continue the investments we’re making in economic development and transportation in order to keep attracting new residents to our city. The corruption at the Wilson Building must end, but another reason I was compelled to run was to try to end the polarizing rhetoric that divides us and keeps us from moving forward as a city. I read in one Washington Post column that a resident felt our city needed to choose between bike lanes and job training. That is not a choice we need to make. We need to invest in both, while doing the oversight to make sure that all our investments bring good returns for our city as a whole.
We need to restore the public trust in our city, and the only way I think we can truly do that is if we're all in this together. As your at-large councilmember, I will work hard on behalf of all District residents and make public policy decisions based on the public good.