Thanks to everybody who came last night for a very special endorsement meeting that began with Chuck Hicks, Barbara Helmick, Dan Wedderburn and others sharing their thoughts about our dear friend and former Chair, Jerry Clark.
We are particularly grateful to the members who volunteered their efforts to make last night a success: Brian Hart, Lynda Laughlin and Linda Benesch for serving as election inspectors, and Scott Burbridge for keeping time.
Following a lively endorsement discussion, we voted to endorse the following candidates running in the DC Democratic Primary:
Eleanor Holmes Norton for U.S. Delegate (with 97.5% of the vote)
Franklin Garcia for Shadow Representative (with 94.7% of the vote)
Robert White for At-Large Council (with 95.5% of the vote)
Leon Andrews for Ward 4 Council (with 79.4% of the vote)
Vince Gray for Ward 7 Council (with 66.7% of the vote, counting 2nd choice votes, using modified Instant Runoff voting)
Trayon White for Ward 8 Council (with 87.2% of the vote)
We voted to make no endorsement in the Ward 2 race (with 81.1% of the vote).
Congresswoman Norton and Shadow Representative Garcia are running uncontested in the primary. Robert White, Leon Andrews, Vince Gray and Trayon White, on the other hand, are in hotly contested races where DC for Democracy members can make a difference.
Given our small size and limited resources, we would like to focus our efforts based on our members’ interests. Please fill out this survey so that we can make an informed decision.
And please visit the candidates’ websites to learn more:
Robert White (At-Large Council)
Leon Andrews (Ward 4 Council)
Vince Gray (Ward 7 Council)
Trayon White (Ward 8 Council)
We’re going to have our work cut out for us!