When it comes to improving integrity in D.C. government, I practice what I preach. I was a leader in the Initiative 70 movement to ban corporate contributions in D.C. elections. My previous campaign showed that candidates who don’t take corporate money can still be viable, and I am once again running a people-powered campaign that won’t accept corporate contributions. As a councilmember I am not only working to ban direct corporate and PAC contributions but also to enhance the D.C. Council’s ethics rules, so that District residents can have confidence that decisions affecting their lives are made strictly on the merits.
I also think we need to have residents get more involved in decision-making at the Council, and I will look for ways to encourage residents to testify and be part of our government. I am also pushing for transparency at all levels of government so that we understand how decisions are made.