Press Releases and Candidate Statements


Budgets are Moral Documents

I’ve spent the last twenty years advocating for budgets that wisely use DC’s resources to serve the
needs of all DC families. Now as a candidate for DC Council Chair, I call on Mayor Bowser to advance
a budget for 2019 that will build a fairer economy, narrow our racial wealth inequities, and ensure all DC
residents can continue to afford to live here.


DCPS Chancellor Wilson Should Resign

Like many parents across DC, I am deeply disturbed by Chancellor Antwan Wilson’s abuse of
power, and I have lost confidence in his ability to lead DC Public Schools. I call on him to resign
effective at the end of the 2017-18 school year and for a search for a new chancellor to begin
immediately. I also call on Mayor Muriel Bowser to apologize to DC residents, following this third known
incident of DCPS favoritism on the part of her senior leadership.


DC for Democracy votes 76.9% to endorse Ed Lazere for Council Chair!

I’m thrilled to announce that we earned our very first endorsement last night, and it’s a big one!

DC for Democracy, a grassroots organization and progressive leader, voted overwhelmingly to
back my candidacy for Chair of the Council.


Paid Family Leave must be allowed to move forward

It's past time we end the campaign to repeal and replace paid family leave. Our campaign is calling on the current Chair to issue a statement allowing the Universal Paid Leave Act to finally move forward.

The current Chair recently indicated that he is willing to join the overwhelming majority of hard-working residents who want to see this program brought to life. The paid family and medical leave program, that
I fought for as part of a broad and diverse coalition, will help close racial health gaps and ensure that no
one must choose between the health of a loved one and their paycheck.


Ed Lazere Out-Fundraises Phil Mendelson

Washington, DC -- After a little more than one week of Ed Lazere’s campaign for DC Council Chair, the
first-time candidate has outraised Phil Mendelson.. Mr. Lazere filed to run on Wednesday, January 24,
and according to reports filed from the Office of Campaign Finance, raised a stunning $64,788.74 with
$61,048.39 cash on hand as of January 31. Chairman Mendelson has a grand total of $59,222.80 with
$54,050.00 cash on hand. The incumbent registered his committee nearly three months ago, while Ed
has had only eight days to raise funds.

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