Tomorrow is the general election. If you haven’t already voted early (which is a great idea, by the way) tomorrow’s the day for you to do your civic duty. For Georgetowners, if you typically vote at Christ’s Church, you will do so again tomorrow. For the west side, however, if you typically vote at Ellington High School, the voting machines will be at the library due to the school’s construction.
And for what it’s worth, here is who GM thinks you ought to vote for:
Mayor: David Catania
GM detailed the reasons he supports David Catania last month. As the Washington City Paper said in it’s endorsement of Catania: “The city’s recent political history, [Catania] argues sharply, has been marked by a lack of urgency about fixing problems, and now sweeping change is what’s called for.Which, ultimately, sounds more accurate to us.”
Despite the countless construction cranes dotting the skyline and the budget surplus, the city is in a crisis. Affordable housing is evaporating, the federal glut of dollars that has fed our expansion is ending, multiple recent ex-councilmember sit behind bars, and schools across the city are still failing. Catania understands the seriousness of these crises and has the urgency to tackle them. Please give him your vote.
At Large Councilmember: Elissa Silverman
There are two spots available for At Large candidates. Anita Bonds is certain to win one of them. But the other seat is truly a toss-up. GM believes that you should give one of your votes to Elissa Silverman.
A former Citypaper politics writer, Silverman appreciates as much as anyone the corrosive effects of corrupt government, particularly the chummy pay-to-play practices common in DC. As detailed by WAMU, there is an endemic culture of corruption between some councilmembers and the corporations that fund their campaigns. Silverman, on the other hand, refuses campaign contributions from corporations. Period. This goes way beyond the legal standards, even after the new ethics rules kick in next year. It’s a testament to the fact that Silverman is dedicated to the premise that good government means not just avoiding conflicts of interest, but avoid even the appearance of conflicts.
She will join other good government councilmembers like Kenyan McDuffie, Charles Allen (who will likely win the Ward Six seat), and David Grosso to form a solid voting block to fight back the pay-to-play culture. But she needs your vote and you ought to give it to her.
Congressional Delegate: Tim Krepp
Full disclosure: Tim Krepp is a friend of GM’s. More full disclosure: he has no chance. But you should vote for him anyway. For too long Eleanor Holmes Norton has taken this position for granted and failed to achieve enough accomplishments to earn the life tenure she apparently believes she has.
It’s not her fault that we haven’t achieved statehood yet. But nonetheless, she has repeatedly failed to use her position to adequately look out for the interests of her constituents. Here’s just a small example: Last spring, the Missouri Congressional delegation decided that there isn’t any structure honoring their state’s native son, Harry Truman. So they want to rename Union Station as Harry S. Truman Union Station. The sole “hook” connecting Truman to Union Station is that he rode a train there occasionally.
This is as asinine as it is infuriating (here’s John Kelly laying out the reasons why). Norton obviously should have objected to this, but sadly she jumped to support it. Perhaps you could make a case to support turning Union Station into a Missouri vanity license plate, but only if you demand something tangible in return. Norton got nothing. When a Senate subcommittee finally held a hearing on a statehood bill, no Missouri senators showed up.
Voting for Tim Krepp will send a message to Norton: this isn’t a life tenure, do your job.
Attorney General: Paul Zuckerberg
This race is a confusing scramble. But the fact is that were it not for Paul Zuckerberg’s lonely fight, this election wouldn’t even be taking place. For that alone, he deserves your vote.