I’m Ed Lazere, and I’m running for DC Council At-Large. With in-person voting underway, I wanted to take one last chance to make sure DC voters know who I am.
DC is where I raised my family and built my community. My wife Suzanne and I got married here, bought our first and only home in Brookland, and raised our sons David and Adam through DCPS. I have served as a PTA leader, a foster parent, a Cub Scout leader, and president of my congregation, Temple Micah.
I’ve spent the last two decades as an advocate working to highlight DC’s deepest inequities — in housing, schools, and jobs — and building coalitions across the city to address them. I believe the budget is a moral document — that our budget choices can create opportunities and save lives, that our leaders should use the budget as an instrument of justice.
I’m running because over and over, I have seen DC leaders make choices that don’t match their stated values. I’m running because advocates for years have shown a path to ending homelessness that our leaders have failed to follow. I’m running because some elected officials want to sit on our billion-dollar rainy day reserves rather than save lives in the middle of a pandemic. I’m running because I have seen Councilmembers do nothing while DCPS diverts funds intended for high-poverty schools.
In the midst of all that is happening, some say DC voters want a moderate DC Council to address DC’s needs incrementally. I look at the world around me and wonder how anyone can possibly think that moderation is what we need.
In a city where prosperity for some has created homelesssness for others, how can we tell our homeless neighbors that we need moderation?
In a city that ranks the worst for gentrification and displacement, how can we tell our neighbors who have seen relatives and friends pushed out that we need moderation?
In a city where low-income Black and brown students struggle because of inadequate school funding and a widening digital divide, how can we tell students we need moderation?
In a city that allows federal immigration authorities to deport and harass immigrants and denies health care and unemployment assistance to undocumented residents, how can we tell our immigrant neighbors we need moderation?
In a city where police brutality against people of color persists, including incidents in just the last week, how can we tell Black and brown residents we need moderation?
In a world where the climate crisis is already creating extreme and devastating weather events, how can we ask for moderation?
Now more than ever, we need elected leaders who care deeply about DC’s inequities, who understand the city’s finances and how to best use them to meet residents’ needs, and who can build relationships and effective coalitions across the city.
As a Councilmember, I will use my two decades of DC budget expertise and advocacy to help the District survive the pandemic by banning evictions, preserving our small businesses and helping students who have fallen behind during virtual learning. I will push the Council to pursue bold change, like ending chronic homelessness and making high-quality child care available to every child regardless of their family’s income or zip code. Progressive change also includes supporting public transit and a walkable city where pedestrians feel safe, and making sure DC does its part to address the climate crisis.
Most importantly, I will govern like I care, because I do. I care about the soul of this city, not just the bottom line, and I’m ready to fight for it. I’m Ed Lazere, and I’m asking for one of your two Council At-Large votes. Thank you, and stay safe.