Sunday, October 12, 2014

DC Council Chairman's Candidates Forum Oct. 19

From an email:
What: DC Council Chairman's Candidates Forum
When: 6-8:30pm
Sunday, October 19
Where: KIPP DC Shaw Campus Contact: Katie McElroy, Vice President, The Chamber
421 P Street NW (703) 507-0418,,

The Capital Area Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (CAGLCC / The Chamber) and our community partners are proud to present the first and only DC Council Chairman’s Candidate Forum currently announced in advance of the November 4, 2014 Election. This event will take place the evening before the beginning of Early Voting in the District of Columbia, beginning promptly at 6:00pm, Sunday, October 19, 2014.

The Chamber, DC Action for Children, ONE DC and Neighbors United for DC Statehood are pleased to confirm that incumbent Democrat Chairman Phil Mendelson and his challengers Republican candidate Kris Hammond, Statehood Green Party candidate G. Lee Aikin, and DC Libertarian candidate Kyle Walker have all confirmed their participation. Independent candidate John Cheeks has been invited.

In their continued commitment to serving their community and the District, the KIPP DC Public Charter schools has graciously permitted us to use their Shaw Campus to hold this important symposium about a wide range of critical issues facing District residents and the only forum to exclusively address candidates for the second most powerful elected position in District government.

The Chamber, represented by Mark Guenther from our Development team, on behalf of our members, will seek to explore how candidates seek to enhance successful small business opportunities in the LGBT community — and for professionals, entrepreneurs and business owners across the District — in order to bring desperately needed jobs to the local work force. HyseSook Chung, Executive Director of DC Action for Children, will explore how candidates will address education and achievement gaps among District students. Representing ONE DC, community organizer Rosemary Ndubuizu will challenge candidates to articulate clear and logical plans to resolve the affordable and middle income housing crisis with which many residents struggle. On behalf of Neighbors United for DC Statehood, Dara Baldwin will elicit from candidates their best strategies and next steps for achieving DC Statehood now that the "New Columbia Admissions Act" (S.132 and H.R.292) has been introduced in Congress.

This event is free and open to the public. The Twitter handle for this event will be #DCCouncilChair. Audience questions will be taken via Twitter after the panelist segment of the forum concludes — as time permits. The event will be video recorded and published on YouTube.


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