DFER-DC Announces Endorsements for June Elections
March 26, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:
March 26, 2020 Ramin Taheri, Director, DFER-DC
WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 26, 2020) – Today, Democrats for Education Reform District of Columbia (DFER-DC) announced its endorsements of three D.C. Council candidates running in primary elections planned for June 2020.
DFER-DC endorses Patrick Kennedy (Ward 2), Councilmember Brandon T. Todd (Ward 4), and Councilmember Vincent C. Gray (Ward 7).
“We currently face an unprecedented time of uncertainty,” said DFER-DC Director Ramin Taheri. “Now, more than ever, the District of Columbia needs elected leaders who will make the right decisions for our students and families. We remain committed to supporting the candidates we believe are best positioned to champion our families’ needs.”
“By electing Patrick Kennedy and re-electing Councilmembers Brandon Todd and Vincent Gray to the D.C. Council in June, Washington, D.C., voters will protect the interests of every student throughout the District and help ensure they have access to a high-quality public education,” said Taheri.
About the Candidates
Patrick Kennedy is seeking election for the Ward 2 seat on the D.C. Council on June 2, 2020, and in the Ward 2 special election on June 16, 2020. He is a veteran Foggy Bottom and West End advisory neighborhood commissioner, and a fighter for high-quality public education. While a student at George Washington University, Kennedy founded D.C. Students Speak to get college students more involved in local government. He also worked with parents, teachers, and neighbors to support the development of what is now School Without Walls @ Francis-Stevens, a school that had previously been under-enrolled.
Brandon T. Todd is seeking re-election for a second term as a Ward 4 Councilmember. He is a native Washingtonian, alumnus of Eastern Senior High School, and a strong advocate for Ward 4 families. As Councilmember, he ensured students have great schools by completing modernizations of Lafayette Elementary School, MacFarland Bilingual Middle School, and Roosevelt High School. Todd helped make Ward 4 more kid and family-friendly by securing funding for the following: Lafayette Recreation Center and Field House, a multi-use recreation center at Shepherd Elementary School, Upshur Recreation Center, and a public pool at Walter Reed. Additionally, he introduced bills to improve social and emotional skills for D.C. students most in need and to identify and address reading difficulties for elementary school students.
Vincent C. Gray is seeking re-election for a second term as a Ward 7 Councilmember. He is a native Washingtonian, having lived in the Hillcrest neighborhood of Ward 7 for more than 25 years. Gray served as Mayor of the District of Columbia from 2011-2015. He spearheaded the passage of the nation’s first free, universal pre-kindergarten program. Recently, Gray authored the Birth-to-Three for All DC Act, which helps ensure affordable childcare and addresses health care disparities for young children and their families. As Chairperson of the Health Committee, he also fought to expand mental health supports into every school.
Candidate responses to DFER-DC’s questionnaire can be found here.
DFER-DC was founded in 2015 to support candidates for office who seek to expand policies and practices that serve all students, empower all families, and support all schools and educators. DFER-DC prioritizes students, particularly students of color and those from low-income families, to ensure they receive full, fair, and equitable access to a high-quality public education that allows them to fulfill their limitless potential.
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