Tuesday, November 4, 2014

DCist Election Day coverage

Journos covering the candidates on Election Day

Endorsements by Brian Pate

Brian Pate, ANC6B SMD05 commissioner, had endorsed candidates up and down the ballot; see them here: My 2014 Endorsements.

@KavithaCardoza will cover Catania

Barry on Bowser and Catania

Candidates who have withdrawn

WJLA/NewsChannel8 coverage of the elections

Monday, November 3, 2014

Endorsements for Silverman and White

DC for Reasonable Development's vids of AG candidates

2014 Elections: Mayoral Debate at Anacostia HS (video)

The description of 2014 Elections: Mayoral Debate at Anacostia HS:

On October 16, 2014, a coalition of Ward Eight groups hosted what would be Muriel Bowser's last public debate running for Mayor of the District of Columbia. She would not agree to any more public debate appearances after this, so housing activists came out to make sure she's reminded of the number one priority in the District right now -- truly affordable housing.

GGW endorsements

Candidates for AG on Barry Farm and more

From an email, a press release:
AG Contenders Face Questions on Barry Farm, McMillan & Other Development Disputes

Washington, DC – Candidates in the first election for attorney general offered answers about development issues in a recent forum organized by the citywide coaition, DC for Reasonable Development (DC4RD). For the forum, held at the Martin Luther King Memorial Library, DC4RD supplied briefing material on community opposition to development projects and questionable decision-making across the city, including the threatened displacement at Barry Farm, the over-development and legal questions at McMillan and the removal of affordable housing requirements and other questions about downtown in the wholesale zoning revisions, known as the Zoning Rewrite.

The strongest commitments were made in-person by Edward “Smitty” Smith and Lorie Masters. Smitty said: “I promise you in my first 60 days as attorney general we’re going [to] ask [the agencies] the tough questions; [to] show us the evidence.’’ If the evidence is not there, then “I’m not going to be an good position to represent them.”

Masters committed to “listening to interests of all the neighborhoods….to make sure we’re following the processes that are in place [and if there are] agreements with neighborhoods…enforced.”

In a separate interview, Lateefah Williams said she would investigate to determine if decisions in these cases were “arbitrary and capricious.” If so, she would “submit a legal opinion to the agency…and ask them to basically redo the process;…if they didn’t comply...[she would] file a suit on behalf of District residents against the agency.”

In written submission, Karl Racine said he “ensure that any decisions made conform to the law and adhere to the [existing downtown requirements] to create a balanced mix of…office development, protect historic buildings, and foster growth for small and minority businesses” and, he wants to see, “that the District achieves its affordable housing goals [and be willing to] intervene to uphold the law [including pursuing] any unscrupulous developers and landlords, such as those who do not adhere to affordable housing laws.”

Paul Zukerberg did not attend the forum. In a phone interview, he referenced his long record of helping many residents across an array of social justice issues and winning on many such cases. He said this approach would carry over into issues like improper rulemaking by DC agencies.

For the full report with videos, photos, and written statements, see this link :: http://www.dc4reason.org/agshowcase

Candidates in the media, Nov. 3 (part 3)

Candidates in the media, Nov. 3 (part 2)

Candidates in the media, Nov. 3 (part 1)

Sunday, November 2, 2014

At-large candidates in MetroWeekly October 30

The Khalid Pitts piece is in Candidates in the media, Nov. 2 (part 2)

Candidates in the media, Nov. 2 (part 3)

Racine endorsed

From an email:
On November 4th, District residents will vote for their first elected Attorney General. The election is especially important because the person chosen will set the standard for future candidates, and the success of the concept of an elected Attorney General may well depend on how well the winner performs in office.

A diverse group of lawyers and non-lawyers from government, academia, nonprofits, and private practice (listed below) met with all five candidates, extensively questioned them, agreed upon the most important qualities needed, and discussed the pros and cons of each. The District is fortunate to have a diverse slate of candidates for this critical election, but in our opinion, only a small subset of the candidates possess the requisite combination of broad legal experience and leadership acumen to effectively serve. Through this process, we came to a consensus that Karl Racine was the best candidate for the position. Here's why.

The Attorney General must first and foremost be an outstanding lawyer. With a staff of over 500, the Attorney General must be an effective manager of people and of large, important, and often controversial lawsuits. Unlike other elected officials in the District Government, the Attorney General is not primarily a maker of policy, but is the legal arbitrator for those who do make policy - the Mayor, the Council, and the Chief Financial Officer. He or she must command their respect as a person who gives sound and practical legal advice and who appreciates the independent roles that they all have. It is also essential that the Attorney General shares the values of our community and seeks to advance them through the law.

Karl Racine meets these high standards. He has a long and varied experience as an attorney. He has gone to court as a public defender and in private practice, served in the White House Counsel's office, and managed a major law firm. He has demonstrated his ability to work with all branches of government, to handle complex investigations, and to navigate the small "p" politics of picking judges and of managing the often high-ego demands of law firm partners. He has shown his ability to defuse disagreements between political and institutional actors before they turn into open and hostile conflict. He was raised in the District and cares deeply for its residents; he will ensure that the Attorney General is a champion for District's most vulnerable residents, who depend upon the Attorney General to be their advocate. Had we been in a position to appoint an Attorney General for the District, each of us would have been pleased and proud to select Karl Racine, and we urge District voters to select him on Election Day.

Corey Barnette ~ Leila Batties ~ Maybelle Turner Bennett ~ HyeSook Chung ~ Seema Gajwani ~ Marie Johns ~ Robert Mallett ~ Emeka Moneme ~ Alan Morrison ~ Lois Schiffer ~ Linda Singer

Mini voter guide on AG candidates

Candidates in the media, Nov. 2 (part 2)

Candidates and issues in the media, Nov. 2

Mendo endorses Racine

From an emaail from AG candidate Karl Racine:
Today, DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson endorsed our campaign, and I wanted to share his kind words with you.

Chairman Mendelson said:
"I believe that Karl Racine has the integrity and vision to lead the Attorney General's office and ensure it is an honest, effective deliverer of services for all our residents. Not only is Karl an attorney of the highest caliber, he has demonstrated a commitment to standing up for those least able to help themselves—as a DC Public Defender and through pro bono work and community service. This combination of experience and dedication to equal justice is exactly what we need in our Attorney General."

Candidates in the media, Nov. 2 (part 1)

Saturday, November 1, 2014

#DCision14 election guide from WTOP

Candidates in the media, Nov. 1 (part 3)

Candidates in the media, Nov. 1 (part 2)

Candidates in the media, Nov. 1 (part 1)

Friday, October 31, 2014

@DCProper endorsements

Catania endorsed

Candidates in the media, Oct. 31

Video: State Board of Education Candidates Forum

Candidate questionnaires from Urban Life Training

D.C. Democratic State Committee Educational Forum On Initiative No. 71 Nov. 1

From an email:
DC DEMOCRATIC STATE COMMITTEE “PRESENTS” An Educational Forum on “Initiative 71” to Legalize Marijuana -The Pros and Cons-

Join DC Democratic Leaders along with the Pro & Con Advocates of Initiative 71 to hear information regarding the legislation of marijuana initiative which is on the ballot.

What: An Educational Forum on “Initiative 71” to Legalize Marijuana -The Pros and Cons-

When: Saturday, November 1, 2014 , 11am – 1pm

Where: Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center 2000 14th Street NW (2nd floor conference room)

Information: 202-714-3368

A Straw Poll will be conducted at the conclusion of the Forum.

(Special invited guest/elected officials)

Eleanor Holmes Norton

Muriel Bowser

Phil Mendelson

Anita Bonds

Brianne Nadeau

Mary Cheh

Kenyan McDuffie

Charles Allen

Paul Strauss

Franklin Garcia

Attorney General Democratic Candidates

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Initiative 71 endorsed

ANC candidates

Candidates in the media, Oct. 30 (part 2)

Candidates in the media, Oct. 30 (part 1)

Sacco endorses Initiative 71

Weedon endorsed

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Candidates in the media, Oct. 29 (part 7)

Candidates in the media, Oct. 29 (part 6)

Candidates in the media, Oct. 29 (part 5)

Another voter guide

Despite all the promises, what the next DC mayor and DC Council will really face

Ward and Delegate candidates on video

Check out the DCTV series Meet the Candidates of 2014 to see DC Council and House of Representative Delegate candidates talk about what they offer voters.

AG candidates on video

Candidates in the media, Oct. 29 (part 4)

Candidates in the media, Oct. 29 (part 3)

Candidates in the media, Oct. 29 (part 2)

Candidates in the media, Oct. 29 (part 1)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

6B05 and Congressional Endorsements

From an email, the endorsements excerpted here:

[About the ANC6B05 candidates]: I've had an opportunity to work with all three candidates over the course of the past four years, and am unequivocally supporting Steve Hagedorn. Steve has the leadership, experience, pragmatic approach and thoughtfulness that will serve our neighborhood well. In his role as the 6B05 resident member on the Hill East Task Force, he was a thoughtful voice on issues ranging from Reservation 13 to the future use of RFK Stadium. I've worked with him on approaches to traffic calming on his block and have been impressed with his service to Congressional Cemetery. I believe Steve will keep important projects, like the Eastern Market Metro Plaza redesign, moving forward, while working hard to ensure that we manage the impacts of commercial growth on residents from all walks of life. He has my full confidence.

Moving from the hyper local level to the Federal level, I am strongly supporting my friend and our neighbor, Tim Krepp, in his bid to be our next Delegate to the House of Representatives. I've known Tim since he was a gangly Midshipmen in the GWU NROTC unit, and believe he has the right mix of wit, leadership and vision to truly challenge the status quo and redefine what has become an honorary position in the pantheon of our elected positions. You can read more about Tim's view's here.

web: www.pate6b.org twitter: @pateANC6B05

Candidates for mayor on video (part 2)

Candidates for mayor on video (part 1)

McDuffie endorsed

Racine endorsements

SBOE candidate @LWilsonPhelan on DC Politics Hour now on demand

To hear the program, go to WPFW archives and look for the program as show here:

Schwartz endorsement

Monday, October 27, 2014

ANC Commissioner Debbie Steiner Endorses ANC 5E04 Candidate Adam Duffy

From an email:
Good day Eckington residents!

As we embark on yet another election, it is important for me to express my support for a candidate for ANC 5E04-Adam Duffy.

As many of you know me to be a straight shooter and very committed to my community and their needs; I am, and have also proven my committed to having that same mantra carry over Ward wide.

Many of you know my existence and extensive labor in the community while having worked to be inclusive to all constituents; my work speaks for itself.

Since this is not about me, it's about You making the choice of changing the dynamics of the culture plaguing ANC 5E with your vote. I humbly ask that you give your support to Adam Duffy.

Over the course of 5 months, John Salatti and I have seen Adam's true heart and intent on ending the dysfunctional leadership which currently plagues our ANC 5E.

When inquiring about the inequities of the Youth and Senior citizen population in his area, Adam is willing to go to great lengths to proving the quality of life for them. Further, he is willing to extend himself personally to the needs of the Eckington Community as a whole by working to resolve their concerns. New is good!

Eckington, it is time to do things differently and say enough is enough, the city is now in need for a cleansing in leadership in a big way across the city; can we count on you to help? Your vote matters.

So when going to the polls please vote for Adam Duffy for ANC 5E04!

Thanks for reading and you will be proud you did.

Debbie Steiner resident of Edgewood/Brookland

Candidates in the media, Oct. 27 (part 3)

@Eugene4DC interviewed

Candidates in the media, Oct. 27 (part 2)

Candidates in the media, Oct. 27 (part 1)

Another recap of #EduDCision14

From an email:
Last night's Mayoral Candidate Education Forum was a HUGE success! We, along with a host of dedicated community organizations (listed below), sponsored an engaging forum focused on education that was not only well attended but also allowed us to hear from each of the mayoral candidates on their education platform. If you were not able to make it never fear! The education forum from last evening is online for you to watch: http://www.dceducationelection.org

In addition to last nights forum, the mayoral candidates were asked to fill out a education questionnaire. All three mayoral candidates completed the questionnaire and you can read their responses at http://www.dceducationelection.org/mayoral-candidates-on-education/.

We are proud and very honored to have sponsor the event last night (and grateful for our ability to continuously work in coalition) with the following groups:
Ward 7 Education Council
Ward 2 Education Network
Senior High Alliance of Parents Principals and Educators (S.H.A.P.P.E.)
Ward 4 Education Alliance
Ward 8 Council on Education
Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization (CHPSPO)
Empower DC
Education Town Hall
21st Century School Fund
Ward 1 Education Collaborative
Teaching for Change

Also, please check out the Washington Post article about last evening: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/dc-mayoral-candidates-sound-off-on-future-of-charter-and-traditional-schools/2014/10/23/c0566f58-5ab8-11e4-b812-38518ae74c67_story.html

If you want to see some of the tweets from last night, which used the hastag #EduDCision14, please check it out at https://twitter.com/hashtag/edudcision14?f=realtime&src=hash

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Minute-by-minute WUSA mayoral candidate forum

The Internet Archive has the October 17 mayoral candidate forum minute-by-minute.   An interesting way to view the event.

Candidates in the media, Oct. 26

Summary via release of Ward 4 mayoral candidate forum

From an email:

For Immediate Release
Contact: Sara Green (ANCSaraGreen@yahoo.com or 202-829-8802 or 202-997-0617)
Faith Wheeler (fewdcc@gmail.com or 202-882-7565 or 202-904-4988)

Takoma Metro Development First Question at Ward 4 Mayoral Forum

Community concerns about a large development proposed for the Takoma Metro Station were the subject of the first question on economic development from a panel of journalists at last night's DC mayoral forum in Ward 4.

NBC Channel 4 Reporter Mark Segraves said he has received many emails about the project and wanted the candidates, Carol Schwartz and David Catania, to state their views.

Carol Schwartz responded that while she was unfamiliar with the project, she would not allow developers to skirt their affordable housing obligations when they request zoning increases. In a later question she talked about preserving DC's character and diversity. "If I wanted to live in Bethesda, I would have moved there," she said.

Councilmember David Catania did not address the Takoma proposal but said that he is concerned about the overconcentration of development in areas where roads cannot sustain it.

The other candidate, Councilmember Muriel Bowser, did not attend the forum. However, she has rejected the community opposition that prompted the Segraves question. As chair of the Metro Board's Committee on Planning, Program Development and Real Estate, she voted for the development earlier this year.

"What Metro is considering is too big and too tall," said Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Sara Green, whose 4B01 district includes the Takoma Metro Station.

"We're asking the Mayor and the City Council to make Metro design a building that looks like the rest of our Takoma Park DC and Maryland Historic Districts, not someplace else," said Commissioner Faith Wheeler, who represents the 4B02 district adjacent to the station.

The proposal before the Metro Board would put a 212-unit apartment building on the station's surface parking lot and buffer park. At about 75 feet tall, the project would be approximately 40 percent taller than the current zoning and master plan allow and would dwarf the surrounding single-family homes and three-story apartment buildings on Eastern Avenue, NW.

The proposal is facing strong opposition from Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B and the City of Takoma Park, Maryland. Additional concerns include choking traffic on the area's narrow and already-congested streets, poor transit design and pedestrian access, the loss of public parking, and the destruction of existing park space.

The forum was sponsored by nine Ward 4 groups, including Advisory Neighborhood Commissions 4B, 4C, 4D and 3G/4G. It was held at Plymouth Congregational Church, 5301 North Capitol St., NE.

For more information, please go to: TakomaMetro.com

Friday, October 24, 2014

Reminder: AG candidate showdown, Oct. 27

DC For Reasonable Development invites you to meet the AG Candidates this Sunday, October 26, between 3:00pm to 4:30pm.

AG Candidates: Karl Racine (confirmed), Lateefah Williams (confirmed), Lorie Masters (confirmed), Paul Zuckerberg (interested; tentative), Edward "Smitty" Smith (interested; tentative).

The Sunday AG Showcase will be your chance to meet the candidates directly from 3:00pm to 4:00pm. Then we will have a brief panel at 4:00 to last no more than one half hour.

Community Conversation on D.C. Marijuana Laws and Ballot Initiative 71

Oct 27, 2014 6:30 pm
Shiloh Baptist Church, 9th and P Streets NW, Washington, D.C.

Social Justice and Community Outreach Ministry of Shiloh Baptist Church and The Washington Informer invite you to a community conversation about Initiative 71.

Join local and national leaders, community advocates and clergy to discuss the impact of D.C. marijuana laws in our community and what you can do to change them.

Moderated by Dr. Julianne Malveaux, nationally acclaimed author and economist.

JUFJ Campaign Fund voter guide

Candidates in the media, Oct. 24 (part 3)

Candidates in the media, Oct. 24 (part 2)

Candidates in the media, Oct. 24 (part 1)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

#EduDCision14 Storified

Candidates in the media, Oct. 23 (part 2)

Candidates on education on video

DC Preservation League voter guide (updated 10/24)

The DC Preservation League has published a voter guide (PDF) with answers by mayoral candidates Bowser, Catania, and Schwartz.

UPDATED: 10/24/14 to provide correct link to guide.

Candidates in the media, Oct. 23 (part 1)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sugar Bear of EU endorses Muriel Bowser

Candidates in the media, Oct. 22 (part 5)

Candidates in the media, Oct. 22 (part 4)

Candidates in the media, Oct. 22 (part 3)

October 22 #EduDCision14 forum to be live streamed

AG candidate forum Oct. 27

From the Council for Court Excellence:
Monday, October 27, at 6:00 p.m. at the Metropolitan AME Church at 1518 M Street NW.

Primary sponsor of this forum is the Washington Bar Association. Both the forum and parking are free (park at PMI Garage on M St. between 16th and 17th, bring tickets to church for validation). We hope you will be able to attend one of these great opportunities to hear from the candidates as to why they should get your vote to be DC's first elected Attorney General.

Ward 1 board of ed candidate event Oct. 27

Meet the Board of Education Candidates on Oct. 27:
Meet and learn about the five candidates running to represent Ward One on the DC State Board of Education. The LeDroit Park Civic Association and Pleasant Plains Civic Association are hosting a candidates forum on Monday, October 27 at 7pm. All voters are encouraged to attend and learn about the candidates.

Deets are on the website (link above).

Candidates in the media, Oct. 22 (part 2)

Candidates in the media, Oct. 22 (part 1)