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WASHINGTON, DC — Six prominent elected officials across DC issued a letter today to reiterate their support for Ed Lazere in the At-Large Council race, stressing that the stakes in this race are especially high. The  statement — signed by D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine; At-Large D.C. Councilmember Elissa Silverman; Ward 1 D.C. Councilmember Brianne K. Nadeau; Ruth Wattenberg, Ward 3 D.C. State Board of Education member; Zachary Parker, Ward 5 D.C. State Board of Education member; and Emily Gasoi, Ward 1 D.C. State Board of Education member — notes that the upcoming election could result in a leader who embraces a progressive vision to support DC residents or someone who moves the city backward.

Read the full statement below: 

“Like us, you might be following polls in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Arizona, battleground states key to electing Joe Biden President. So you may not have seen poll numbers in the local press: The race for D.C. Council At-Large is a margin-of-error, neck-and-neck contest between Ed Lazere and Vincent Orange, according to various sources.

That’s why we are writing to reiterate our support for Ed Lazere for At-Large D.C. Council — and to stress how high the stakes are in this race for District voters who share our progressive values. 

It’s hard to believe, but paid family leave — a program that Ed helped champion in 2107 — is under attack this election. The other top contender has made being against this program a centerpiece of his campaign, despite its successful implementation. 

Let’s not move backward. The At-Large race is crowded with 24 names on the ballot. The best way to make sure that District government continues to better the lives of DC residents and restore the public’s trust is to vote for Ed Lazere, the candidate who best embraces this vision and has a leading chance to win. 

All of us support Ed Lazere very strongly for these reasons:

  • Ed is a local D.C. budget expert, who has the institutional knowledge to make sensible fiscal choices to help us weather the COVID-19 recession and build toward a more racially equitable D.C. 
  • Ed will fight to make sure our dollars are spent well, performing strong oversight of District agencies including D.C. public schools and D.C. public charter schools.
  • We don’t have to guess where Ed stands or whether we can trust him. He has a decades-long track record of honesty and integrity. 

You can vote right now! You should have received a ballot in the mail, and you can cast that ballot by mailing it, dropping it in one of 55 drop boxes around the city, or bringing it to a voting center during Early Voting or on Election Day. In-person Early Voting starts October 27 at one of 32 early vote centers until November 2. On Election Day, November 3, 95 vote centers will be open across the District.

At this critical time, we need elected officials who will act in the best interests of all our residents and businesses, making sure our tax dollars are strategically invested in our city. With progressive leadership in the Attorney General’s office, the State Board of Education, and the D.C. Council, the District of Columbia has been on the forefront of policies that have helped our residents live better lives. Let’s continue this progress by electing Ed Lazere for D.C. Council At-Large.” 

Ed has garnered the support of several unions and advocacy organizations across the city, and this letter of support further affirms his position as the progressive leader in this race. 

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About Ed Lazere:  Ed Lazere has a long history working in the progressive field with over two decades of experience working on budget planning and execution. As a policy and budget expert and a long-time coalition leader, Ed has partnered with community organizations across the city in successful fights for fair wages, affordable housing, access to health care, and more.

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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