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While the coronavirus has brought much of life to a halt, D.C. is still holding a primary election this June. The pandemic has changed the election process—the DC Board of Elections is working to get more voters to vote by mail and polling centers will be open from May 22 to June 2—and while D.C. faces unprecedented challenges, the job of elected officials remains unchanged: to enact policies that improve the lives and reflect the values of D.C.’s residents.

Previously, we’ve identified key issues for Washingtonians and asked candidates about their stances on those issues. Then we’ve told you what the politicians said. This year, thanks to a grant from the Solutions Journalism Network and Hearken, we’re flipping that process around, to empower both you and our reporting. We’re asking you: What are the issues you want to see local politicians focus on in the coming years? Once we know what you care about, we’ll ask candidates for local office how they plan to address your issues. We hope this approach creates a voters’ guide that reflects your values and issues, and one that better holds politicians accountable to the wishes of the electorate.

So please, let us know, what are your key issues for the upcoming election? To participate in our voters’ guide, simply fill out this form. Oh, and if you know someone else who’s as passionate about D.C. as you are, please forward them this email and encourage them to fill out this form. —Will Warren

Department of Corrections: In Friday’s DLD, City Paper reported that Beach Drive is closed weekends for social distancing. Portions are also closed all week until April 30.

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  • During Monday’s press conference, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice and Former United States Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff will co-chair the ReOpen DC advisory group, which is expected to provide the mayor’s team with recommendations the week of May 11. Bowser says she reached out to them. [Twitter, Twitter]

  • D.C. reported its youngest COVID-related death to date: a 17-year-old boy. Between Friday and Sunday, D.C. reported 32 deaths, bringing the total number of deaths to 185. As of April 26, 3,892 residents have tested positive while 18,416 have been tested overall. Despite increased testing, D.C. reported its lowest one-day increase in April on Sunday, with 51 new COVID-19 cases. DC Health Director Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt said she is not prepared to make any inferences from a one-day change. “I’m interested in observing trends overtime,” she said during the press conference. Bowser started the conference by saying D.C. has not begun to see a period of decline so residents need to continue to stay at home. Nesbitt also adds that D.C. public labs have the capacity to process 3,700 tests per day but, due to “supply chain challenges” with reagents, they are limited to processing 1,500 per day. [EOM]

  • “This is a recession no matter how you look at it:” D.C. needs to cut over $700 million from this year’s and next year’s budget. The city’s full economic recovery is expected to take two years. [WAMU]

  • At least 22 states and D.C. secured shipments of hydroxychloroquine after President Trump said it could treat patients with COVID-19. [AP]

  • Prince George’s County, one of the country’s wealthiest majority-black counties, has reported the most coronavirus infections in the Washington region. [Post]

  • Riding the bus in a pandemic. What it’s like for Southeast residents who still have to take the bus. [Post]

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Mitch Ryals (tips? mryals@washingtoncitypaper.com

  • Sen. Mitch McConnell’s rejection of economic relief for state and local governments could lead to a depression. [Post

  • Positive coronavirus cases in the DC Jail reaches 124. [NBC]

  • D.C. inmates could be transferred to a West Virginia prison. [WVPR]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips? lhayes@washingtoncitypaper.com) 

  • The Paycheck Protection Program isn’t a perfect fit for the hospitality industry. [WCP]

  • Syrian chefs take over Granville Moore’s to cook 500 free meals with Tables Without Borders. [WCP]

  • This fancy CSA box created by laid off chefs is for serious home cooks. [WCP]

  • A burglar stole alcohol and toilet paper from Mola in Mount Pleasant. [Twitter]

  • Critic Tom Sietsema’s picks for take-out comfort food. [Post]

  • How will COVID-19 impact the careers of up and coming cooks? [Eater]

  • Restaurants feel out what “safe dining” looks like as some states weigh reopening. [NYT]

ARTS LINKS, byKayla Randall (tips? krandall@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • How Performance Interface Lab is spicing up the at-home theater scene. [WCP]

  • The Library of Congress is making everyone a DJ with its audio collections. [WAMU]

  • Head to space this Thursday with Space Songs: Through the Distance, a virtual National Air and Space Museum concert event. [Washingtonian]

SPORTS LINKS, byKelyn Soong (tips? ksoong@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Home Gym: Try working out like a Washington Spirit player. [WCP]

  • The Washington football team received solid grades for their moves during the NFL Draft, which included picking Chase Young with the No. 2 overall pick and trading Trent Williams. [NFL.com, Sports Illustrated, Post]

  • For the first time, the majority of players selected in the first round of the draft were represented by black agents. [Post]

  • The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Maryland football players Anthony McFarland Jr. and Antoine Brooks Jr. [Diamondback]

CITY LIGHTS, byEmma Sarappo (Love this section? Get the full newsletter here. Tips? esarappo@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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