I'm thanking the Ward 8 Democrats for their strong vote of support during Saturday's endorsement forum.
Although the Ward 8 Democrats ultimately decided not to endorse any of the candidates in the April 23 at-large D.C. Council race, I was gratified by the support I received. When I did door-to-door outreach in the ward last week, I found many voters interested in my focus on ethics and accountability.
The fact that this organization has made the decision not to endorse is a sign that this race is very competitive. Though some candidates may have banked on this endorsement, the Ward 8 Democrats are clearly divided. I plan to earn their votes through the public policy I support, such as enhanced job training, housing affordability, and oversight over both traditional D.C. public schools and D.C. charter schools. We must work to close the achievement and opportunity gaps in our classrooms.
Finally, I offer a word of thanks to Ward 8 voters. You gave me a chance to be heard, and I was pleased on Saturday that you not only listened but also responded positively to my message of integrity, accountability, and strategic investment. This is a citywide campaign, and I look forward to continuing to bring my solutions to voters both east and west of the Anacostia River.