Roll Call newspaper recently sat down with Charles Allen to highlight his campaign in Ward 6.
In the latest issue of Roll Call, reporter Hannah Hess wrote a profile of our campaign. Covering everything from early days campaigning for Senator Paul Wellstone, to founding DC for Democracy, to work on healthcare reform and Council actions. Here are a few of the highlights:
Reflecting on major initiatives he’s helped fight for, including gay marriage, new business on H Street and the Anacostia River Clean Up and Protection Act of 2009 that implemented a 5-cent fee on disposable plastic bags, Allen said, “I’ve been part of our successes and I know how to face our challenges.”
For older Ward 6 residents, Allen wants to repair the sidewalks they must traverse in walkers and wheelchairs and push for more neighborhood-based health care providers. The long-awaited H Street streetcar is another priority. He dreams a second Capitol Hill streetcar line could connect Union Station to the Capitol Visitor Center and stretch into the city’s Southwest quadrant.
Like his former boss, he’s made ethics reform a prime component of his campaign, saying, “This is the tough medicine that we need and I’m willing to live by it, and that’s important.”
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