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Yesterday’s election saw some local victories for the Democratic Socialists of America. DSA-endorsed candidates in New York, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Julia Salazar, made history as two of the youngest people to be elected to Congress and State Senate, respectively. But in D.C., the local chapter of the DSA focused on electing candidates in the hyperlocal Advisory Neighborhood Commission races.
In September, Metro DC DSA announced that they had endorsed 11 ANC candidates, as well as Emily Gasoi for the Ward 1 State Board of Education seat. Last night, five of the Metro DC DSA’s endorsed candidates—Dan Orlaskey in 1B02, Matthew Sampson in 2B01, Beau Finley for 3C04, Ryan Linehan for 5D01, and Gasoi—won their elections. Additionally, three Metro DC DSA-endorsed candidates in Maryland won their elections yesterday—Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich and Maryland House of Delegates candidates Gabriel Acevero and Vaughn Stewart.
“DSA now has five elected officials across the city, including one of four deaf commissioners in the city’s history,” said Liz Golden, the chair of Metro DC DSA, in a statement to City Paper. (Sampson is the deaf commissioner who was elected last night.)
While the Democratic Socialists slowly but steadily look to make a name for themselves across the nation, their fresh D.C. victors will try to exercise their influence within the context of a historically left-leaning city. In the June primary, Metro DC DSA member Jeremiah Lowery ran an aggressive campaign to unseat At-Large Councilmember Anita Bonds, coming in second place, and beating out Marcus Goodwin, the young real estate developer who also ran against Bonds.
“We’re proud of this campaign, and we’re excited to continue our work on the local level in both future elections and other community-based campaigns in order to create a Washington, D.C. for the many, not the few,” Golden adds.