Maybe the race for D.C. Council’s Ward One seat will actually be a real race. Last night, Bryan Weaver received the D.C. Latino Caucus endorsement over incumbent Councilmember Jim Graham and challenger Jeff Smith. Weaver notes in his press release on the big win:
“Last night at its endorsement meeting, the D.C. Latino Caucus overwhelmingly voted to endorse the candidacy of Bryan Weaver for Ward One Councilmember.
‘I am deeply honored to receive this important endorsement from a community that is not only becoming one of the most important and influential voting blocs in the District of Columbia and nationally, but is also near and dear to my heart. Being married to a Colombian-born wife and raising two Latino children in a Spanish-speaking household, the issues I have fought for as a community advocate and an 8-year Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, and will continue to fight for on the DC Council on behalf of the Latino community, are deeply personal to me and my family.
“From economic empowerment, good-paying jobs, quality education, affordable housing, small business development, smart crime prevention, and importantly, comprehensive immigration reform and fighting against a disturbing but growing nationwide trend of anti-immigrant local laws and ordinances, I will be a tireless advocate for Latinos in Ward One and the District of Columbia. In fact I was the first elected official in the District to strongly speak out, publicly condemning the Secure Communities initiative and urging Chief of Police Lanier to refuse the District of Columbia’s participation in this deeply flawed initiative.
I also vow to bring much needed accountability, transparency and oversight to the Council of the District of Columbia. There has been a disturbing lack of all three with the current leadership and that hurts Latinos and indeed all residents of Ward One. I will be the voice for those who have none and will fight for those who cannot fight for themselves, and I will be beholden to all residents of Ward One, and not the special interests.'”
Weaver is going to need a lot more endorsements to overcome Graham’s name recognition, hefty war chest, and deep ties in the ward. But this win may mean that at least some community leaders are dissatisfied with Graham’s tenure—-particularly in the wake of the Ted Loza mess.