Who will you pick for DC Council at-large on April 23?

We asked...

The District has changed a lot since 1993, and will likely change much more by 2033. What are 2-3 changes you hope to see by 2033, and how will electing you to the DC Council help bring them about?

Elissa Silverman responded...

My campaign is focused on three foundations upon which we can build D.C.'s future.

Investment: I will push for strategic investment in our greatest civic asset: our residents. By 2033, I want every D.C. public school and D.C. public charter school to be high performing and D.C.'s achievement gap to be closed. I will push for high-quality pre-kindergarten in every school, committed teachers who focus on intellectual and emotional development beyond test scores, and principals who lead as well as manage. I will also champion continued investment in our physical infrastructure, including transportation options that decrease car traffic such as Capital Bikeshare and Metro.

Accountability: I will focus on oversight, making sure we spend tax dollars efficiently and effectively. By 2033, I want D.C. to have the lowest unemployment and poverty rates of any major U.S. city. I will watchdog federal and local funds for workforce development, using data to make sure the dollars we spend turn into jobs and careers for residents. I will focus on expanding our tax base through smart economic development and diversifying our economy. I will encourage small business growth through incubators and by making agencies such as DCRA (Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs) engines of—not barriers to—opportunity.

Integrity: I will focus on honesty, transparency, and responsiveness. By 2033, I want D.C. teenagers to believe they have the best local government in the country. By then a ban on direct corporate contributions, which I proudly support, will be 20 years old.


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