Category Archives: Politics–District of Columbia

A Silverman Lining in the D.C. Cloud

This is my September post because I live in the Central Time Zone, although the timestamp will say October.

Last week, I sent a small contribution to Elissa Silverman, a candidate for council at-large in Washington, D.C. I heard her speak in 2011 at forum on the FY2012 D.C. budget hosted by her employer, the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute. Although I have not followed the D.C. election very closely this year, I decided that Silverman is the only candidate worthy of my support after deciding not to support any of the mayoral candidates.

I have met one of the candidates for mayor, former councilmember Carol Schwartz, and have known her for her compassion and other desirable qualities, but I object to her blame-the-teacher approach to public education. I am not familiar enough with another mayoral candidate, At-large Councilman David Catania, to support him.

However, Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser cannot be allowed to be Mayor of the District of Columbia. My experience living in Ward 4 and speaking at some of her committee hearings leaves me the impression that she is not fit to be the mayor and that she doesn’t care about tenants.

Say ‘No’ to Term Limits

At-large D.C. councilmember Vincent Orange is proposing term limits for the mayor, the council, and other elected officials. Term limits disenfranchise voters from re-electing officials whom they believe are serving them well. This article (PDF) in the October, 2011, issue of Mid-City DC presents additional arguments against term limits.

I don’t understand what term limits do to promote democracy. I believe that improving voter education, encouraging higher turnout, removing special-interest money and influence from politics, and opening debates to so-called “third” parties will do more to make our political system more democratic.