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Facing a D.C. Council at-large field that’s still growing, two-time Council hopeful Elissa Silverman offered her plan for standing out from her rivals.
“I think we have a track record that no other campaign has,” Silverman told a crowd of roughly three dozen at her office in Shaw’s Wonder Bread Factory.
That record, per Silverman, includes work on paid sick days and last year’s minimum wage increase. Silverman wants growing opposition to corporate contributions added to her ledger, too. A former spokeswoman for the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute and a former LL for Washington City Paper, Silverman says her second-place finish in last year’s at-large special election showed that candidates could eschew corporate money and finish strong (albeit, in Silverman’s case, not ahead of Councilmember Anita Bonds).
“We didn’t win that election in raw numbers, but I think we accomplished a lot,” Silverman said.
Silverman’s kickoff also included a barely veiled dig at rivals Khalid Pitts and Eugene Puryear, neither of whom will be winning good citizenship awards for their records of casting ballots in the District. While picking up nominating petitions Friday, Silverman remembered her more extensive voting record.
“I got an opportunity to look at my registration, and I have voted in every election since 1998,” Silverman said to some of the biggest applause of the event.
Photo by Will Sommer