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Ed Lazere

for DC Council At-Large

Proven Champion for DC Families

Meet Ed

Ed Lazere is an experienced leader who has fought for economic and racial justice in DC—and won. A policy and budget expert and a long-time coalition leader, Ed has partnered for two decades with community organizations across the city in successful fights for fair wages, affordable housing, access to health care, and more. Now, he’s running to bring bolder, more progressive leadership to the DC Council At‑Large.

Ed is proud to run as a Fair Elections candidate. He’s not taking any money from corporations, developers, or large-dollar donors to make sure the Council remains accountable only to DC residents.

Ed with his family in Brookland

Helping Families Stay in DC

My family has been lucky enough to live in this city for more than 30 years. Today, DC has the resources to stop displacement and lead on housing affordability. We need new leadership on the Council so we can move forward without leaving anyone behind or pushing anyone out.

Ed with his family in Brookland

Join the Movement for a More Progressive Council

Ed has the experience, the broad coalition of partners, and the commitment to justice that DC needs to become the more equitable city we all want and deserve. Join our effort to make it happen.

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Ed is taking $0 from corporations and special interests and relying on grassroots donations to power his campaign. Join our movement with any amount you can. Donations from DC residents will be matched 5 to 1 by DC’s new public financing program!


Ed is building a grassroots coalition to create a more equitable DC. He is proud to be endorsed by the following elected officials, organizations, and community leaders—representing all eight wards and fighting for key issues like racial justice, health care access, and statehood:

Mustafa Abdul-Salaam
Ivan Frishberg
Aiyi'nah Ford
Suzanne Wells
Andy Shallal
Jonah Goodman
Sharece Crawford
Ra Amin
Jordan Grossman
Rubie Coles
Japer Bowles
Salim K.T. Adofo
Amir Irani
Rev. Ruth Hamilton
Carrie Thornhill
Andria Thomas
Keshini Ladduwahetty
Clayton Rosenberg
Mysiki Valentine
Chioma Oruh


Ed moves to DC to work as an educator with the Higher Achievement Program


Ed and his wife Suzanne buy their home in Brookland


Ed and Suzanne enroll their oldest son in DC Public Schools


Ed puts his math skills to work on poverty advocacy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities


Ed helps launch the DC Fiscal Policy Institute (DCFPI) to make DC government responsive to the needs of low-income and working people


Ed helps lead the fight for Paid Family Leave and DC Council passes it into law — one of many fights Ed led as DCFPI director


Ed announces run for DC Council to build a more equitable city

Fighting and Winning for DC Families

Ed has led or partnered on successful efforts to:

  • Raise DC’s minimum wage
  • Create the nation’s largest tax credit for low-income working families
  • Protect low-income homeowners from rising property taxes
  • Stop a policy that would have pushed 10,000 children into deep poverty
  • Fight runaway tax breaks for DC development projects
  • Create a paid family and medical leave program
  • Determine the cost of a quality education — and then fight to fund it
  • Provide added resources to high-poverty schools
  • Ensure affordable housing programs reach the households needing the most help
  • Establish a living wage for government contracts
  • Make sure all workers can take paid sick days

Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis

How we deal with COVID-19 is an urgent matter of life and death and financial survival for many. The impacts of the crisis also will dominate DC budget and policy decisions long after the pandemic is over. Read more about Ed’s vision for what DC needs to do to protect DC families as we recover from this crisis:

Ed’s Vision for DC

Ed Lazere is running for DC Council At-Large to put racial and economic justice at the center of our agenda as a city.

Equity in Education
Housing Is a Human Right
An Economy for Everyone
Health Care Justice
A Moral Budget
Recovering from COVID-19
Supporting Small Businesses
LGBTQ+ Equality
Addressing the Climate Crisis
Fighting for Statehood

Paid for by Ed Lazere for DC Council At-Large, P.O. Box 4563, Washington, DC 20017. Joslyn “Jos” Williams, Treasurer. A copy of our report is filed with the Director of Campaign Finance of the District of Columbia Board of Elections.

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