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Represents first major endorsement in race to fill Independent At-Large seat

Washington, DC — Ed Lazere announced today that DC Attorney General Karl Racine has endorsed his candidacy for DC Council At-Large.

“I am endorsing Ed Lazere because competence, expertise, and empathy matter today more than ever. 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” said Racine.

Attorney General Racine has been a champion for District residents in fighting to protect consumers from fraud, cracking down on slumlords, and standing up to the Trump Administration. He has joined with other state Attorneys General to challenge the Trump Administration’s Muslim ban, its denial of asylum seekers and the prolonged detention of children at our southern border. Currently, he is working in the coronavirus pandemic to stop retailers from price gouging, to halt scams to get residents to give up stimulus checks, and to ensure residents behind on their bills now aren’t pursued by debt collectors.

“Attorney General Karl Racine is a model for public service, assertively and creatively using the power of his office to protect DC residents against slumlords, unscrupulous employers, and other consumer fraud schemes. I’m so honored to earn his support and look forward to working with him as an elected official” said Lazere.

The endorsement by Attorney General Racine follows the campaign’s first financial filing which showed Lazere leading all Independent DC Council At-Large candidates – surpassing the funds collected by his nearest competitor by more than 70 percent. By participating in the Fair Elections program, which matches DC residents’ donations 5:1, Lazere is focused on running a people-powered, grassroots campaign.

Additionally, Lazere leads all Independent candidates with more than 700 individual small-dollar donors – more than 600 of whom are DC residents.

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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.