I am one of the people from the Running Against Bush slate who were elected to the Democratic State Committee (DSC) on Sept. 14. First, I wish to thank everyone who voted for me and the other members of our slate. I also especially want to thank Loose Lips for her endorsement of our slate; I know that her endorsement helped us to get all 13 members of our slate elected.
On Sept. 14, there was a tidal wave of anti-incumbent sentiment that swept across the entire city; it was not limited to Wards 7 and 8. Harold Brazil lost every ward in the city. We benefited from the tidal wave because many voters who supported Kwame Brown or Sam Brooks supported us as well. (I was a precinct captain in Kwame Brown’s campaign.) I think that we also benefited from having a strong, specific platform, which was prominently displayed on our campaign literature. The platform plank for which I was largely responsible stated that: “We are committed to holding regular neighborhood issue forums with elected officials to engage in community concerns.”
I was very concerned that the DSC was largely an invisible organization to most voters. When I was out gathering signatures for our slate to get us on the ballot, I had to constantly explain to voters what the DSC was. (I usually told them that the DSC was like a board of directors for the local Democratic Party.) Some people even thought I was trying to run for one of the delegate seats to the Democratic National Convention. Of course, since we live in what is practically a one-party town, where the Democrats routinely win every presidential race, every mayor’s race, and every D.C. Council race every single time (except for the council seats reserved for minority parties), the DSC doesn’t have to work very hard to win (unlike, for example, the party organ in Iowa, where the voters are closely divided between Democrats and Republicans).
I and other members of our slate are going to be pushing the DSC to set up a series of neighborhood discussions and debates on the most important issues facing our city. In this way, we can help to educate the public on these issues and, at the same time, make the DSC more visible to the average citizen.