DFER DC Praises Primary Victories by Two DFER-Backed D.C. Council Candidates
June 15, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Washington, D.C. — Following the Democratic primary election in Washington, D.C., Democrats for Education Reform D.C. (DFER DC) is proud to congratulate Councilmember Brandon Todd (Ward 4) and former Mayor Vincent Gray (Ward 7) on their victories last night. Both candidates were endorsed and supported by DFER DC and will go on to represent the Democratic Party in the general election on November 8th, 2016.
In 2015, Todd was elected to a one-year term in a special election and will now have the opportunity to serve the people of Ward 4 for a full four-year term.
“Brandon Todd has proven his commitment to the children of D.C. in his first year on the Council. We look forward to his continued leadership in fighting for a quality public education for every child in the District,” said Catharine Bellinger, DFER DC Director. “We applaud Councilmember Todd’s commitment to advancing funding equity for both DCPS and public charter schools and ensuring quality facilities for all public schools, and we are eager to work with him and the Council Education Committee to achieve these goals.”
DFER DC invested heavily in the Ward 7 race, supporting former Mayor Vincent Gray in his challenge to incumbent Yvette Alexander. As Council Chair and eventually as Mayor, Gray championed universal high-quality early childhood education, implemented the common enrollment system, and supported policies that helped improve student achievement and raise graduation rates.
“We are excited to have Mayor Gray rejoin the Council and renew his leadership championing policies that give every child a chance at a brighter future,” said Bellinger.
This primary cycle was DFER DC’s first major engagement in D.C. Council elections. Leveraging a broad coalition of parents, educators, advocates, and community leaders, DFER DC was able to raise approximately $259,000 to share our values and vision for quality public education. Our campaign effort included an extensive direct mail program with 20 unique mailers reaching over 23,000 voters, a two-week phone bank effort, and a targeted digital campaign reaching thousands of voters in Wards 7 and 8.
In Ward 8, DFER-backed candidate LaRuby May lost to challenger Trayon White, a community leader and former member of the State Board of Education.
Said Bellinger: “Our congratulations to Mr. White, who has been a long-time educational activist and leader in Ward 8. Although we were on different sides of the primary, we look forward to working with Mr. White to ensure that all children in Ward 8 and across the city have access to great public schools that nurture their unique talents.”
Catharine Bellinger, DFER DC Director
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