October Meetup for Fair Elections a Great Success

DC4D members show their support for the DC Fair Elections Act at our October 2017 meetup.

On Wednesday, October 11, DC4D packed the house at the Brookland Busboys & Poets to see Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen provide an update on the DC Fair Elections Act of 2017. As the Chair of the DC Council’s Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, Allen has jurisdiction over the committee that will have to approve the legislation before it can advance to a final vote by the Council. The committee includes Councilmembers Anita Bonds (At-Large), Mary Cheh (Ward 3), Vincent Gray (Ward 7), and David Grosso (At-Large). While the committee has yet to set the date for when the bill will go through the markup process, Allen was confident in the bill’s prospects. “We’re going to get this done thanks to the folks in this room,” he said to applause

 

Some of those folks also took the floor during the event to discuss their efforts, including a presentation from the team of activists leading campaign efforts in Ward 5 and a background presentation from Working Families DC Campaigns Director Mat Hanson.

Allen was generous with his time, taking detailed audience questions digging into policy details such as the timing of implementing the bill (it would be in place for the 2020 election cycle), the potential role of People PACs in the legislation (these proposed small donor powered political action committees are currently included in the legislation as drafted, but the issue is still being studied by Councilmembers and staff), and what we can do to help ensure the bill passes this year (contact your Councilmember, especially if he or she is on the Judiciary Committee!).

Following the presentation, meeting participants split into Ward-level groups and wrote postcards to their Councilmembers that will be hand-delivered to show the broad public support for Fair Elections in the District!

Thank you to everyone from all over the District who braved the cold and misty early fall weather to join us for the evening! DC4D has been a key member of the DC Fair Elections Campaign, and we were especially proud to see our members continue to show such support for this important democracy reform for the District.

More Resources

Want to learn more about the DC Fair Elections Act? Here are a few places to start:

Other DC4D Business

At our September meetup, former Ombudsman Jeremiah Lowery stepped down from his Steering Committee position to concentrate on his campaign for a DC Council At-Large seat in 2018. Per DC4D bylaws, a vote was held unanimously electing Roy Harrison (also DC4D’s Fundraising Chair) as the temporary Ombudsman. Congratulations Roy!