Expanding economic justice
From rental assistance to unemployment payments to school facilities and more, I’ve worked to bring resources to our community because the safest communities aren’t the ones with the most arrests but the ones with the most resources.
When we passed Homes and Hearts, we put money back into the pockets of working families through the Earned Income Tax Credit.
We gave SNAP a raise and increased the minimum monthly Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) payment guaranteed to all participants, helping families all over DC put food on the table.
I strongly support and remain committed to protecting Initiative 82, which phases out the inequitable tipped minimum wage for service workers.
And I was proud to help pass the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, to give domestic workers in DC some of the same basic workplace protections of every other worker.
Making streets safer
Everyone deserves to get around safely, no matter our age, ability, or whether we’re driving, taking transit, biking, or walking. DC has lost too many loved ones to traffic violence — including Ward 4 neighbors Timothy Abbott and Zy'aire Joshua — and neighbors all over DC have witnessed repeated crashes but have been told there was no reason to change the traffic pattern.
I led the Council in passing and funding the Safe Routes to School Act, which will require major traffic safety improvements at every school in DC, starting from the ones that have been left behind.
I have fought alongside ANC commissioners and neighbors for traffic safety improvements at countless dangerous intersections alongside our ANC commissioners and neighbors.
Ward 4 now has dozens more speed bumps, speed tables, traffic lights, pedestrian islands, and all-way stops than it did three years ago — and every day we are fighting for more.
Ward 4 has the most amazing, caring, dedicated seniors in DC, and they have made Ward 4 what it is today.
DC has a program to help seniors with home repairs and renovations, but it’s been backlogged for years. Through fierce oversight I succeeded in both increasing funding for the program and improving it so that seniors in Ward 4 can care for their homes and age in place.
To make sure seniors know about all the resources and programs DC has available, I deliver a print newsletter to hundreds of seniors in Ward 4 every quarter. (Know a senior who needs one? Learn more about this on the Council office website.)
And it has been an honor and a joy to host annual Turkey giveaways, holiday dinners, Senior Jubilees, Mothers Day and Fathers Day events, special events and programs with the Departments of Aging and Community Living and Parks and Recreation, and visits and ceremonial letters for special birthdays — especially our centenarians.
Meeting the needs of our community
Finally, constituent service requests for pothole repairs, leaf pickup, parking accommodations and more are a huge part of the work of any ward-level office. People from all over DC call our office with constituent service requests because they know the Ward 4 office gets stuff done.
We've knocked on the doors of thousands of Ward 4 residents as part of our Community Access, Resource, and Engagement (CARE) Days. I started CARE Days during the height of the pandemic to listen to neighbors on their doorsteps, and bring resources and services to residents directly.
Over the last three years my office has responded to more than 7,000 requests for service. From broken streetlights to picking up bulk trash, we've responded to an average of 20 community requests every day — more than any other Council office.
I'm an incredibly proud supporter of our local small businesses, including our five Main Street corridors including Uptown Main Street, Takoma Main Street, Lower and Upper Georgia Avenue Main Street and our newest Main Street program at The Parks.
I've fought alongside neighbors to deliver on hyperlocal priorities like maintaining the Juanita E. Thornton Library in Shepherd Park, delivering an all-electric bus fleet for the future Northern Bus Garage in 16th Street Heights, and winning School Connect transportation services for students in Lamond Riggs.
And throughout all of this, I've prioritize consistent and transparent communication via weekly newsletters, print versions for seniors, and social media platforms to make sure every resident of Ward 4 knows what's happening and how to be part of it.
There is more to do. I look forward to building on everything we've already accomplished together.