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The Mayor of the District of Columbia is the chief executive officer of the District in whom the District’s executive power is vested. To hold the office of Mayor of the District of Columbia, an individual must meet the following qualifications as specified in the D.C. Official Code § 1-204.21:Be a qualified elector in the DistrictNot be engaged in any other employment and hold no other public office or position for which he is compensated in an amount in excess of his actual expensesHave resided and been domiciled in the District of Columbia for one year preceding the general or special electionHave not been convicted of a felony while holding the office of MayorSalary: $200,000 Source: https://dc.gov/

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    Muriel Bowser
    (Dem)

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    Patrick Christian [Write-in]
    (Ind)

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    Rodney Red Grant
    (Ind)

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    Stacia R. Hall
    (Rep)

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    Rhonda Hamilton [Write-in]
    (Ind)

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    Dennis Sobin
    (Lib)

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    Jeremiah D. Stanback [Write-in]
    (Ind)

Información Biográfica

What are your top 2 priorities and how will you accomplish them?

Should DC be admitted to the union as a state? Yes or No? *If yes, what immediate plans should be made, and actions taken, to begin preparing DC for statehood? *If no, what is your plan for achieving full voting rights for DC?

What do you see as the root causes of crime in DC? What policies would you propose to reduce crime by addressing these issues?

How would you support or improve reentry programs for citizens returning to the community?

How do you propose to increase housing for the most vulnerable?

Campaign Website http://www.murielbowser.com
Campaign Email info@murielbowser.com
Education Chatham College, Bachelors in History ; American University School of Public Affairs, Masters in Public Policy
Qualifications Mayor of the District of Columbia, 2014- present, Ward 4 Councilmember 2007-2014
Campaign Twitter Handle @@MurielBowser
Website www.murielbowser.com
Public safety. Your safety is my number one priority. I want you to know that we will curb the number of guns in DC; arrest people using guns; and work with all our partners to prevent crime before it happens, but also holding people accountable who are making communities less safe for our families. We are throwing every resource at the rise in violent crime and we will keep pushing until we see positive results. Affordable Housing/ Homelessness. Perhaps no jurisdiction in the country has tackled the issue of housing and homelessness more aggressively than this one. This issue is discussed in more detail below, but we have invested more in affordable housing than any other jurisdiction and we have reduced homelessness six years in a row.
Yes. In fact, we have gone further toward that goal than ever before. We got this far because we were organized, we worked hard, and we were prepared. That preparation included what needs to be done to implement statehood, including transitioning federal responsibilities for the court, parole, and prison to Washington, Douglass Commonwealth, and what the associated costs will be. We are prepared and we can afford it. And we anticipated it—the statehood bill includes a transition provision to allow for implementation. The first step though is becoming a state. As I said when testifying before Congress, “I was born without representation, but I swear – I will not die without representation. Together, we will achieve DC statehood.”
The root cause of violent crime in the District is access to guns and a need for more services for those who are committing them. We know that a small group of people are responsible for most gun violence, and that gun violence is particularly affecting concentrated areas. It is our goal to find, engage and transform their thinking, and to connect them to services, supports and opportunities. We also know that we need more police. My budget invests in hiring, recruiting, and retaining incentives to put the District back on the path to 4,000 sworn officers at MPD, with a focus on recruiting more DC residents and women to become DC police. I am the only candidate for Mayor committed to using every resource necessary to combat violent crime.
We must continue building strong support systems for residents transitioning back to the community. That’s why we are investing in funding to support returning citizens with housing, transportation assistance, connectivity, and other expenses. We stood up programs to train returning citizens for good-paying jobs and decent housing through options like the DC Infrastructure Academy, the Pathways Program, the Aspire to Entrepreneurship Program, Families First Success Centers, and pilot housing programs. We are also investing $250M for a reimagined treatment and residential facility to promote rehabilitation and a productive return to society. This is just a sampling of how we are supporting our returning citizens.
When I first ran for Mayor, I promised to invest more in affordable housing than any mayor before and that’s just what we’ve done. The unsafe, undignified family shelter at DC General was demolished in 2018. This year we opened our 7th, brand new, service-enriched family shelter. The average shelter stay has been reduced to 90 days, homelessness is down 47% since 2016, and family homelessness is down 78%. Since taking office, we’ve made historic investments in housing, including a $500 million investment announced this year, for a 7-year total of $1B. That’s money well-spent. We’ve had more housing growth than any other state. There’s more to do and my commitment is to continue to push so all families a pathway to the middle class.
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Campaign Email Info@grant4mayor.com
Education Savannah State University; University of the District of Columbia
Qualifications Entrepreneur, Entertainer, Philanthropist, and Humanitarian with more than 25 years of Executive Experience.
Campaign YouTube URL http://youtube.com/c/RedGrant
The Grant Administration's top 2 priorities are Public Safety and Making DC an affordable place to live and stay. My wife (who is a retired police officer) and I talk about the need to dramatically shift the training, personnel, and focus of MPD. We will hire mental health / crisis intervention professionals who will be assigned to officers to assist in non-emergency calls.

Making DC an affordable city will first require more accountability from the banks that fund development projects. Second, we will ensure that long term residents don't lose homes to increased taxes. Thirdly, we will create programs that incentivize the prioritization of affordable family-sized dwellings. We will revitalize the generational wealth of the District.
Yes! The residents of DC deserve the same rights as citizens of the other 50 states. We echo the request of Rep. Norton for self determination (the ability to govern without congressional review). While I understand the argument of constitutional intent, I am certain the authors of the constitution did not intend to limit the rights of citizens to determine the suitability of their leader's policies, laws, or budgetary constraints. With that in mind, my first step is to convene a Statehood Summit where residents, elected local officials, and national congressional leaders can coordinate a thoughtful, informed, and most importantly, successful approach to achieving self determination. Once achieved, statehood is a reasonable next step.
Lack of programming and access to opportunity rank high on my list of root causes of crime. There are more than 80 violence prevention programs in the District. Unfortunately, less than 10 are adequately funded. I will create a central hub under DOES to house these programs under a single point of entry and an equitable dispersement of funding and training. This summer, my program certified more than 1500 residents in meaningful skills like Microsoft Office, A+, and Security+. I have reached more than 600 youth through my program Beyond Your Block. I know our community can address these issues holistically and in a manner which endures. My campaign is built on love, care, and respect and we are aligned to programs that fortify those pillars
DC's justice involved population has been under the control of the US Parole Commission since 1997. It consists of two members (1 from Maryland and 1 from Kentucky) and their decisions are not subject to appeal. DC has no federal prison and does not have adequately funded Reentry transition programs. Since 2018, residents have waited for the Mayor's office to create a local parole solution. I will deliver a plan, within the first 6 months in office, to establish a local parole system that keeps DC's priorities at the forefront. DC's returning citizens will be respected and provided for in a way consistent with our legislative ideology. We will fund wraparound/workforce providers to ensure access while reducing the chances of recidivism.
Increasing housing for the most vulnerable in DC requires innovation. Unfortunately, we've allowed the developers to create the priorities and its almost a runaway train. To combat this, I'd like to shift the benefits. I will create a program that incentivizes vacant property owners to develop tiny home villages and open that space up to residents experiencing homelessness.The District itself would also devote surplus vacant property to the initiative, joining Indiana, Missouri, Oregon, California, and Washington in this innovative and effective approach to housing the houseless. If we all work together, we can collectively assist our most vulnerable and put them on a path to independence.
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Education (Honorary) Doctorate of Humane Letters
Qualifications Executive Director & President of a Mental Health 501 (C)(3) & orchestrator of the "stand alone" Capital City Emergency "Level II" Trauma & Wellness Center project.
Campaign Twitter Handle @https://twitter.com/Rhonda4dcMayor
My top 2 priorities are to reform the Mental Health System & to help eradicate periods of long-term Homelessness in our dear city. As the next Mayor of Washington, D.C. I will appoint citizen involved task forces to help with addressing the current loopholes in DC's separation of mental health, behavioral health, & general medical healthcare practices. Currently, many residents of DC are dealing with a heavy presence of social determinants that are compounded by deficits in appropriate housing resources, existent health inequities that leave far too many Washingtonians suffering with diabetes, asthma, depressive disorders, & a lack of comprehensive care models. Oversight must include culturally relevant professionals, & higher standards
Yes, DC should be admitted. As Mayor my immediate plans are to clean up the existence of governmental matters that are lacking full transparency & oversight to its citizens. Additionally, I intend to implement policies that will be enforced to ensure that all systems of government are operating for the public good of DC citizens. I will have all entities examined to ensure that all DC citizens have access to the necessary resources & economic growth needed to provide positive levels of impact in all areas of their living. I will raise the standards of local government to ensure that DC government is ready to perform at a higher level of governance. Full voting rights must be achieved for our citizens who have no federal representation.
It is my observation & belief that the root cause of the crime in DC stems from the lack of sustainable, economic resources that must be rooted in comprehensive, accountable mental health systems & housing stable environments. The restoration of order & respect for upholding & abiding by the law must always be the representation of our governmental systems, elected & appointed leaders, as well as our citizens. I intend to empower our citizens & communities with policies that will help to introduce the existence of ownership, personal & economic growth, rehabilitative health and wellness assessments as opposed to mass incarceration and separation of families. I intend to build a mental health system rich in preventative measures.
As the next Mayor of DC, I support progressive and community interactive reentry programs for our returning citizens. It is my intention to create stronger partnerships with our religious, non-profit organizations, & private sector communities, to better enlist their resources, mentorships, family outreach, & sustainable career abilities to ensure that our reentry community is made stronger, whole, and protected from opportunities of recidivism by helping to keep them accountable to themselves, family, and community through strong mental health, general health, and financial health understandings and readily available forward thinking resources. All reentry citizens will be treated with the dignity that all DC citizens shall be treated.
As Mayor I intend to budget for more affordable & sustainable housing opportunities not only for our most vulnerable but for all DC residents who desire to advance in their housing & homeownership realities. I intend to raise the standards of living for all District residents, by increasing the amounts of available housing with developmental & housing investor District relationships across the city. I will deploy housing "peer navigators" to assist with families of homelessness to ensure that all available avenues for humane, & mental health treatment are observed & prioritized to guarantee placement of all displaced & shelter-based citizens & residents. I will create economic opportunities & partnerships with our private homeowners.
Education Ph.D.
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Campaign YouTube URL http://youtu.be/rTrnWpr3QUk
Public safety and decriminalization. I believe that what adults do with their bodies is their business and not the business of our government. Laws and police need to protect us from others, not from ourselves. As mayor I would put every plainclothes officer in uniform and make sure they work to prevent real crime, not entrap victimless offenders. Our current mayor has made DC unsafe. Murders, assaults and public shootings are at an all-time high. We need to change police tactics to give police the respect and community support they need and deserve. No more should police be used to test the virtue of citizens through undercover entrapment. We have very good pastors, ministers and rabbis to look after our souls.
Yes, I would appoint a commission of community leaders knowledgeable in each area and follow their advice. I don’t want to make any promises now that I may not be able to deliver on later. Thank you
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I would appoint a commission of community leaders knowledgeable in each area and follow their advice. I don’t want to make any promises now that I may not be able to deliver on later. Thank you
I would appoint a commission of community leaders knowledgeable in each area and follow their advice. I don’t want to make any promises now that I may not be able to deliver on later. Thank you
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