This week an out-of-state special interest group called Democrats for Education Reform (DFER) distributed a misleading mailer to many Ward 4 residents about Janeese Lewis George’s positions on public safety. Here is George’s response:
“Out-of-state deep-pocketed special interest groups like DFER have no place in DC’s elections. This group is dedicated to taking money away from our public schools and they are spending tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars on misinformation opposing me because they recognize our people-first movement is a threat to their agenda.
“Corruption like this is one of the biggest reasons why I’m running for Council. I am tired of seeing private groups like DFER trying to buy our Councilmembers support. I know that other residents of Ward 4 feel this way as well. I am running as Ward 4’s first ever Fair Elections candidate to be accountable to our community not these national interests.
“The current Councilmember accepts money from many special interest groups. His interest isn’t our families. It’s why he voted against Paid Family Leave and why he voted to overturn the will of the voters after we approved a minimum wage increase.
“I was born and raised in Ward 4 and I have dedicated my entire career to public safety and utilizing evidence-based practices that work. As a former Assistant District Attorney and DC Assistant Attorney General, I am the only candidate in this race with professional expertise in public safety. As a former prosecutor, I will listen to our residents and our officers with one specific goal: protecting our residents and our officers by building a community of trust that puts people first.
“I am running to make sure people come first, not big money special interests. That’s what our community needs and it’s what Ward 4 deserves.”
For a further explanation of Janeese Lewis George’s plans to address public safety please see her statement from early March.