Who am I?

I am the incumbent Shadow United State Senator from the District of Columbia. As a non-voting representative to the US Senate, I lobby the US Senate and the US House of Representatives on behalf of the citizens of DC in their attempt to gain full Federal representation, self-determination, and eventually admittance to the union as the nation’s 51st state. I also work closely with our non-voting Congressional Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, the Mayor and the DC Council members to advance the interest of local residents on Federal issues.

Why am I running?

The District of Columbia has been my home now for over 30 years. I care deeply about the lack of voting representation for the nearly 600,000 citizens of the District, and have dedicated 18 years to the cause. I want to finish the job I started.
For the first time since 1993, we have statehood bills in both the Senate and House of Representatives. This is our best opportunity to push for full statehood. During my time in this position, I have worked tirelessly to build relationships with elected representatives and their staff. Never has this been more needed than last year, during the government "shut-down". When other DC leaders were unable to reach key officials, I was able to talk directly with Senators and to key members of the Senate Leadership, and worked with them to ensure that the impact on the District was kept to a minimum. The length of time that I have invested in these relationships meant that I had access where others did not.

The people of the District of Columbia deserve equal representation. I have worked tirelessly to educate people both in the District and around the Nation and even the world about the disenfranchisement of the District of Columbia.

I am honored that our President, Barack Obama said that I have "always been a strong advocate for the rights of DC voters", and I have been proud to work with him, and other voting Senator's and U.S. Representatives to advance the cause of DC's full and equal rights. I am not going to quit now. Especially not when the District of Columbia has made so much progress advocating for it's rights in the United States Senate.

My Goals

1. Advocate for Statehood for the District of Columbia
2. Achieve Budget Autonomy for the District of Columbia
3. Achieve Legislative Autonomy for the District of Columbia.

My DFA Values

Like you, I believe in community. My campaign cares about our neighbors and we help each other. I agree we can provide a bright future for our children with a quality education and we can provide a secure retirement free from poverty and dependence for our grandparents. We can accomplish these things within a reasonable budget so we don't leave a burden of debt on the next generation.

Like DFA, I believe in security. I want to see us foster strong partnerships with other nations to ensure the secure and safe prosperity for all. We will reduce our dependence on resources that make us vulnerable to attack. We will use our American ingenuity to strengthen our own economy and our environment. We won't start wars of choice and then perpetuate them to keep the military contractors in business. We will fund schools and investment in green jobs over bombers and missile defense our military doesn't need or even want.

Like DFA, I believe in liberty. I respect every American's right to practice their own religion and to live a life free from bigotry, abuse and harassment. I will fight discrimination and deliver on the promise of equality for all Americans. I strongly believe that no one, especially not multinational corporations nor the government, has the right to your personal information to keep tabs on you for profit or unwarranted policing.

My Campaign is People Powered!

My grass roots campaign has the support of Labor, Students and activists.

I engage the community at every opportunity.

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About the Endorsement Process

The driving force behind all DFA endorsements is our members. We recognize that all politics is local and that what is considered progressive in Los Angeles may be very different from what's considered progressive in Louisville. For this reason, DFA does not have a litmus test of specific progressive positions for which a candidate must stand. Our endorsement is heavily weighted based on these questions:

• Will the candidate move the progressive movement forward in their community?
• Does the candidate have substantial support from our local members?
• Do the candidate's positions and policies fit into the broader progressive movement?
• Is the campaign people-powered and the candidate working to win?

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