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Groundswell of grassroots support sets new citywide record amid crowded race

Brookland — Ed Lazere has more DC donors than any other independent candidate for DC Council At-Large, just one day into his campaign. Ed became the fastest candidate to qualify for the city’s public financing of elections program, Fair Elections, doing so within just 14 hours after announcing his candidacy. Few candidates running for the At-Large seat have qualified for Fair Elections, and for others in the race it took months to qualify. Not only did Ed qualify faster than any other candidate running for At-Large, he also qualified faster than any other candidate running, period.

Of the 11 other independent candidates running for this At-Large seat, Ed overtook all of them in support from DC donors within a day of announcing his candidacy according to an independent analysis of the latest publicly available filings.

Ed Lazere announced his candidacy for the independent At-Large seat on Tuesday, March 17 at 7:30 a.m. Fourteen hours later, by 9:30pm, he met the qualifying donation minimums for DC’s Fair Elections program (which is 250 DC donors and $12,000 for citywide seats). Within 24 hours, Ed received donations from 340 DC donors totalling $20,163. As of March 10, no other independent candidate for this At-Large seat had more than 320 contributions from DC donors.

Ed Lazere issued the following statement in response:

“I’m deeply humbled by the outpouring of support for our campaign. It’s clear to me that one of the reasons there is so much enthusiasm is because people are hungry for real change, and that’s just what our campaign aims to deliver.

“The people and organizations I’ve worked alongside over the years are part of the fight for economic and racial justice in DC. I’m running to empower this coalition. They want and deserve a champion on the Council and our campaign is ready to do everything it takes to win in November.”

The record for meeting the Fair Elections minimum most quickly had previously been held by Janeese Lewis George, candidate for DC Council in Ward 4, who met the threshold in 2.5 days. The qualification threshold for a ward-level race is 150 small dollar DC contributors, which total at least $5,000.

Ed Lazere was the long-time executive director of the DC Fiscal Policy Institute, an organization dedicated to making sure the mayor and DC Council use our city’s resources on the things most important to DC residents, from schools to housing to health care. He stepped down from this position to run for At-Large. He has been a leader in the fight for Paid Family Leave, paid sick days, housing funding, tax assistance for low-income families, funding for high-poverty schools in DC, and many more. He has lived in Brookland with his wife Suzanne for nearly 30 years. Together they have two grown sons. Learn more at

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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