Candidates Taking On D.C. Incumbents Say New Public Financing Program Is A Game-Changer

Candidates launching bids for D.C.’s 2020 City Council elections are already applauding the city’s new public financing system, available to the District’s candidates for the first time this election cycle.  Janeese Lewis George, who is running to represent Ward 4, says, “Fair Elections is allowing for more candidates who are representative of the city and from all different backgrounds to have a fighting chance. Shirley Chisholm said, ‘If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.’ And I think Fair Elections gives more people the opportunity to bring a folding chair to the table.”  Jordan Grossman, another publicly financed candidate, adds, “The most important person for a campaign like ours is an individual D.C. resident who cares about their local government. It’s not the same old insiders, it’s not big, wealthy corporate contributors.”

Source: WAMU

Date: August 9, 2019

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