Brianne for DC
DC Council Ward 1 in DC http://briannefordc.com/
Primary Election Date: 2014-04-01 General Election Date: 2014-11-04
Who am I?
A Democratic leader with a strong record of results, I have been fighting to build a better DC for more than a decade. As an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, I dedicated myself to supporting local small businesses and bringing together residents and businesses. I also worked to make Ward 1 a better place to live, work and play by advocating for pedestrian safety and making sure our voices were heard by developers with projects in the ward. I helped create the U Street Movie Series and founded Sustainable U, a community-led initiative to increase the availability of sustainable living and working options. In addition to serving as the Vice Chairperson of the Ward 1 Democrats and on the Board of Jews United for Justice, I have spent more than a decade advising non-profit organizations and working for the federal government.
Why am I running?
As I served in the community I heard from neighbors and friends who felt they were constantly dealing with the same issues over and over again – noise, trash, crime – and nobody was providing long-term solutions. As I watch my friends and neighbors think about plan their future here in DC, they are struggling to find a way to make it work. They desperately want to raise their kids here in this city they love, a place they came to right out of college like me – as soon as I could. Yet they can’t find family-sized housing that they can afford and they don’t trust our public school system. And so good, dedicated people are instead choosing to move away. And because if that, I’m seeing people I love break away from the urban community we’ve worked so hard to create. I decided to run to bring these voices to the Council. For me, it has always about strengthening community and actively looking for the work that needs to be done.
Strengthening our neighborhood schools, increasing affordable housing and making our government more ethical and accountable.
I will work with principals to engage community leaders, business owners and non-profit organizations in our neighborhood schools to provide support services for our at-risk children and support teachers with technology and training to also lift up our higher achievers. With true community engagement, children thrive.
By fully funding the Housing Production Trust fund and the programs it supports, we can move more people into homeownership and create long-term stability for our residents. We must support our working families and ensure they have the education, training and other services they need for long-term prosperity. And we must ensure we have enough affordable rental units throughout the District, by determine what the current and projected needs are. With a real vision and plan for creating and maintaining affordable housing we will ensure the diversity of our community remains in tact.
We have an ethical crisis on our DC Council. With several members having recently been removed for corruption, and with Jim Graham remaining in office even after being reprimanded by three separate bodies last year, ethics and accountability must be top priorities for our government. Stricter ethical guidelines, campaign finance reform, contracting reform and stronger oversight and reporting over programs like the Constituent Service Fund will help ensure tax dollars are spent responsibly and that Council cronies are not unfairly awarded contracts and perks.
My DFA Values
I first got involved in my community 10 years ago as a member of my neighborhood watch, walking the beat each week with the police, talking with neighbors about the current issues and concerns, working with leaders to solve problems. As Councilmember I will bring together residents, business owners, and non-profit leaders to forge collaborative solutions, as I did as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner and as founder of Sustainable U. In those roles, I successfully identified root causes of recurring problems and worked with residents, business owners, non-profit leaders, and the District government to forge equitable solutions that provided resources and services to solve everyday constituent concerns.
I will also hold regular community meetings and dialog sessions across the Ward in coffee shops, restaurants, apartment building lobbies, and private homes. I am committed to developing and maintaining long-term meaningful relationships with all of Ward 1’s residents, leaders, stakeholder groups, and organizations, just as she did as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner.
As a board member of Jews United for Justice, I have worked for economic security and liberty for our most vulnerable populations. I have worked for a more equitable tax code, minimum wage increases and paid sick leave for all workers. This is work I would continue as a member of the DC Council.
My Campaign is People Powered!
As Vice Chair of the Ward 1 Democrats I worked to engage new voters in the electoral process, and as a volunteer with Running Start I worked to train young women to run for office. As a candidate and community leader I have continued both of those efforts and have expanded the electorate in the 2013 and 2014 electoral cycles.
I have also won majority support in the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, one of the oldest LGBT democratic groups in DC and in DC for Democracy. I cultivated relationships in both organizations long before it was time for endorsements, so that I could be a contributing member of these communities.
Our campaign has really become a movement over the past year. We've brought together young and old, all races and walks of life and they are mobilizing to bring change to the District.