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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.

I’m humbled by the support our campaign has received in such a short period of time. I chose to run for this important seat because I believe we need to do more as a community to fight for affordable housing, address our racial income and wealth inequities, and make the District a community that works for all of us, not just some. I am gratified, but not surprised, that this vision is resonating, and I look forward to the campaign ahead. Working together, we can make DC a stronger, fairer place for everyone. Early money is critical to a candidate’s success and speaks to their viability. A strong early showing is a good indicator of enthusiasm and support, as well as the candidate’s ability to mount a serious effort. Rarely does a first time candidate outraise a powerful incumbent.

Mr. Lazere’s campaign finance report is available [here] .

Chairman Mendelson’s is available here.

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