Four years ago, I ran on the commitment to make sure Ward 6 neighborhoods are places our residents can always call home. We're leading the way on affordable housing, education, small business growth, and more. I am running for re-election because there is still work to do to ensure all of our neighbors can continue to call Ward 6 home. Below, I outline my vision on these issues as well as the work I've done as your current Ward 6 Councilmember.
Ward 6 is leading the way with more than 1,300 units of affordable housing created in the last three years, and more than 1,700 units under development currently -- many of these units are 2 or 3-bedrooms. That’s more than any other Ward in our city. But it’s also still not enough and making this a continued priority is one of the reasons I am running for re-election. We must also be proactive in how public housing is reinvested. Read more . . .
Over the past 4 years, I have worked to ensure that every child has access to a high quality, by-right, neighborhood public school. In Ward 6, neighborhood schools are growing and thriving. Our educators and students deserve top quality facilities that reflect the great work that’s going on inside of them. Work still remains, and I am committed to keep fighting for our kids to ensure that they are provided a high quality education that they deserve. Read more . . .
The District -- including Ward 6 -- experience significant economic inequality. I have led the way in the fight for $15, helped author the District’s Universal Paid Family Leave law, and found money in our budget to create and fill positions within the Office of the Attorney General designed specifically to protect our District workers from wage theft. I believe that an elected official has to work on these inequalities in both big, broad legislative efforts, as well as intensive, personal work at the individual and neighborhood level. I will continue my fight to ensure that all families in the District of Columbia are afforded equal protections under the law. Read more . . .
Good Government & Ethics Reform
As the Chair of the Council’s Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, my top priority is to ensure that the District is a safe and just city for all of its residents. To me, feeling safe in our neighborhoods requires all of us working together to build strong communities. Read more . . .
I want my children to grow up in a District of Columbia where they can breathe clean air and, maybe one day, swim in a clean Anacostia River. A sustainable environment means better health, good jobs, and a growing economy for everyone. We must ensure that the District leads on policy that will increase renewable energy use and decrease carbon emissions, in particular in a way that will create good jobs for District residents--building the renewable energy infrastructure of the future right here in the District. Read more . . .
To grow the District and the region in a sustainable manner that extends well beyond moving people around by car, we need policies, laws, and leadership to rethink how our city is built, and to ensure that our ideals are reflected in the choices we make. My experiences as a frequent bus and rail rider, as well as a regular bicyclist, help inform my efforts. From better public transit options to better bike infrastructure, I have led on transportation initiatives in DC and the region. Read more . . .
Health & Human Services
In my time as Councilmember, I have led on efforts related to improving health care for our residents and adopting a better system for our neighbors experiencing homelessness. From defending access to healthcare and tackling maternal mortality to supporting advocating full-time nurses in our public schools, I will continue to be a champion for the health and well-being of our residents. Read more . . .