DC for Democracy is a leading unaligned progressive group of activists, community leaders and everyday voters in the District of Columbia working for positive change in our local government and statehood for the residents of Washington, DC. We are the Washington, D.C. local group of Democracy for America (DFA).

TO JOIN US, email us at dcfordemocracy@gmail.com.
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Our next meetup is Wednesday, June 8th at 6:30pm, venue TBD. Details to follow.

Washington City Paper’s Loose Lips took notice of our endorsements in the D.C. Democratic Primary: “In a potential sign of left-wing discontent with Muriel Bowser, progressive group D.C. for Democracy endorsed four challengers to Bowser-affiliated D.C. Council candidates last week.” While DC4D has been mentioned a number of times in the press, I believe this is the first time we have been the subject of the piece. Too bad LL didn’t see fit to mention any of the issues on which we based our endorsements.

We have an excellent chance of electing our endorsed candidates– but only if you volunteer at this critical time. Please be sure to respond to our campaign survey.

Yesterday, we wrapped up our Maryland Primary campaign, which was both sweet and bitter. We shared in the joy of electing Jamie Raskin the next Congressman from the 8th district, and we shared the sadness of defeat in the races to elect Donna Edwards and Joseline Pena-Melnyk. We congratulate all our endorsed candidates for engaging in the incredibly difficult work of running for office.

I am so proud of DC for Democracy for being a visible part of these campaigns, all of which were groundbreaking and expanded the progressive movement in Maryland. DC4D recruited at least 26 volunteers who knocked on doors or made phone calls for our candidates, proving we don’t just “tweet the tweet,” we walk the walk.

Special recognition goes to Jonathan Silverman, our Membership Chair, who served as our de facto Maryland Field Director. Jonathan put in more time than anybody else into these campaigns, played an instrumental role in organizing volunteers to campaign in Virginia, and was by and large, DC4D’s face in Maryland. Jerry Clark would be so proud of Jonathan!

I am thrilled that we helped elect Jamie Raskin to the US Congress. On multiple occasions, Jamie recognized the contribution DC4D made to his campaign. In Jamie we have an exceptional progressive who is principled and passionate, yet works with people of different beliefs to get things done. He will be a major force in getting money out of politics and pushing for public financing of campaigns at the national level.

Jamie made this commitment in writing: “If I am elected to Congress from the 8th Congressional District in Maryland, I will go to the U.S. House as a passionate champion for complete political democracy, equal rights and statehood for the people of Washington, D.C.”

Jamie, we’ll be counting on you!

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!

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