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Endorsements

Ed has a 20-year track record of fighting and winning on issues of economic, racial, and social justice in DC. Thats why he’s earned the endorsements of DC’s progressive and grassroots leaders:

Karl A. Racine

DC Attorney General

“Ed has meticulously studied the budget and finances of the District of Columbia for 20 years, always with a focus on a balanced budget that prioritizes the needs of our most vulnerable communities. Ed’s expertise and consistent advocacy for District residents is exactly what the Council needs at a challenging time.”

Elissa Silverman

DC Councilmember, At-Large

“I have no doubt where Ed stands. His long-standing advocacy of fighting for what you and I care about most speaks to his integrity and compassion. Ed isn’t going to tell you he’s progressive to win your vote, then vote against those values as a Councilmember. More than anyone I know, Ed lives his values.”

Janeese Lewis George

Democratic Nominee, DC Council Ward 4

“Ed Lazere is one of DC’s leading champions for racial and economic justice in public policy. Ed has a wide and incredibly diverse coalition of supporters from all over DC who together have been part of the fight for Paid Family Leave and fair wages for tens of thousands of working families.”

Brianne K. Nadeau

DC Councilmember, Ward 1

“Every day I go to work as Councilmember thinking about how we can better serve our most vulnerable residents, how we direct our spending to help those in need, and how I can identify 6 other willing colleagues to support these efforts. We need Ed Lazere on the DC Council to help ensure the government focuses on these priorities.”

Zachary Parker

DC State Board of Education, Ward 5

“Ed [is] the equity champion we need to help DC grapple with the pandemic’s impact and address a widening wealth gap, rising violence, and disenfranchisement within the government. Ed [has] built broad coalitions that are necessary to win and govern effectively.”

Hotel & Hospitality Workers

UNITE Here Local 25

“Ed Lazere has dedicated his life to fighting for working people. He’s the champion hospitality workers need on the Council right now, and we’ll be working tirelessly to help elect him between now and November.”

Building & Airport Workers

32BJ SEIU

“Black and brown essential workers, who risk their lives and those of their families to keep District residents safe and our economy running need a champion like Ed Lazere who will always put them first. For over a decade, we have worked closely with Lazere as a trusted expert to ensure that local government protects and improves lives for low-wage workers and their families. “

Construction Workers

LiUNA (Baltimore-DC)

“Ed Lazere understands the important role that unions can play in addressing income inequality in the District. DC needs more elected officials with that perspective.”

Public Works Employees

AFGE Local 1975

“Ed has a deep understanding of DC’s budget and finances, which he has put to use fighting for hard-working DC families for two decades. Ed Lazere has been there working side by side with labor unions and community groups in so many fights for good wages and benefits, affordable housing, or better schools.”

Construction Tradespeople

Baltimore-DC Building Trades

“With his commitment to lead our construction industry in policy and economic advancement for our workers and their families, we will work hard to see that Ed Lazere is elected”

Educators

SEIU Local 500

“We believe Mr. Lazere’s years leading the DC Fiscal Policy Institute uniquely positions him above all of the other candidates and makes him ready to hit the ground running immediately upon taking office. Given his strong progressive support and his in-depth knowledge about the D.C. budget process we know Mr. Lazere will be a strong ally to the labor movement.”

DC for Democracy

“This election cycle the choice is crystal clear, Ed Lazere is the progressive champion we need on the DC Council for the At-Large DC Council seat. Progressives [must] unite behind a bold candidate who has the experience to tackle the inequities that exist within DC and champion solutions that will lead to structural change.” —Jeremiah Lowery, Chair of DC for Democracy

Jews United for Justice Campaign Fund

“Ed Lazere is the progressive, values-driven budget expert that DC needs in this moment. For two decades, he has been a local leader in demanding policy changes that put people first, not big business profits.”

National Organization for Women, DC Chapter

“Ed Lazere is an experienced leader who has fought for economic and racial justice in DC and won. 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.”

DC Working Families Party

“Ed Lazere has been fighting to make the District a more fair and equitable place for more than two decades. In that time, he fought against corporate tax subsidies, pushed to strengthen the city’s Paid Family Leave program, and fought to make taxes for families living on low-income the lowest in the nation.”

Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America

“Ed Lazere … has consistently impressed our chapter with his commitment to racial, environmental, and economic justice and his firm belief that the DC government should work for all of its residents, not just the wealthy or well-connected few. Lazere understands that our political and economic systems are fundamentally flawed and that we need a system that shifts power back into the hands of DC workers.”

Our Revolution DC

“Ed Lazere is a longtime progressive policy leader who understands the struggles that DC working families face every day, and is committed to fighting against the influence of money in politics and for a living wage, housing rights, education, reinvestment of social services, and a single-payer healthcare system.”

Sierra Club, DC Chapter

“For many years, Ed Lazere has worked to make DC a more equitable city, especially for those with the least access to money and power. It is those same residents who are most likely to bear the brunt of environmental injustice, such as indoor air pollution, lead-tainted water and the catastrophic impacts of climate change.”

Sunrise Movement DC

“Ed’s pushed for environmentally-conscious programs like the Clean Energy DC Act, and the Solar for All plan helping bring solar power to 100k low-income households in DC. We need more climate advocates like Ed in office.”

350 DC

“350 DC is proud to endorse Ed Lazere for the 2020 At-Large Council race. We are endorsing Ed because we believe he is a progressive champion who will fight for climate and racial justice in the District. Ed understands the climate crisis is the most urgent challenge facing our planet today.”

United We Dream Action

“We are excited to release our latest round of endorsements to candidates that align with immigration policies that help immigrants our communities without hurting others. We proudly endorse Ed Lazere for DC Council At-Large.”

Progressive Change Campaign Committee

Chevy Chase for Racial Progress

Chevy Chase for Racial Progress started with the goal of working towards an Anti-Racist DC, and we know that Ed Lazere will help us achieve that goal if elected.”

Community Leaders

Ed is proud to be endorsed by community leaders from across the District. They represent all eight wards and reflect a range of backgrounds, including Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners, small business leaders, neighborhood activists, and leaders on issues like health equity, LGBTQ+ rights, statehood, and more. See the full list.
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

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