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vealing article about the absentee rates of current D.C. Council members who this year seek voters’ support for another council term (“Absent and Unaccounted For,” 8/30). If someone like Harold Brazil misses 25 percent of the votes as a representative of Ward 6, why should we expect Brazil to make more of a commitment to the city as an at-large councilmember?
As your article suggests, part of the problem is that councilmembers like Brazil and Kevin Chavous have busy law practices that interfere with their council duties. I guess somehow they can’t make ends meet on their $80,000 per year council salaries.
We need to elect to the council more people, like John Capozzi, who will commit their working hours to representing us and not to supplementing their income. For the last two years Capozzi has represented the city for free as D.C.’s shadow representative to Congress, lobbying members of Congress on behalf of the city, and attending countless community meetings and political events. He has pledged, if elected to an at-large council seat, to make the council his full-time job.
We have enough millionaires on the D.C. Council. We need hard workers who give us our money’s worth. We need John Capozzi.