A narrow assessment of my role on the D.C. Council
By Harry Thomas,
The Sept. 2 editorial “D.C. Council endorsements,” which characterized my tenure as “a major disappointment,” was based on a disturbingly narrow range of issues. With its limited and subjective focus on mayoral support and school reform, the editorial failed to mention — or give weight to — any of my key achievements for Ward 5, such as the addition of two major Ward 5 corridors to the Great Streets initiative, securing the first neighborhood-based campus of the Community College of D.C., the passage of the Public Land Surplus Standards Amendment Act of 2009, or the considerable number of development projects in the ward that I have helped move forward during a tight economy. It is unfortunate that fighting for workers’ rights, marriage equity and a stellar legislative record are overshadowed by such a skewed assessment of my years in office.
Also troubling, and a new low point for a once-respected media outlet, was the paper’s endorsement of a Ward 5 candidate who has accepted funding from the National Organization for Marriage — a special-interest group dedicated to preventing the legal recognition and acceptance of same-sex marriage.
A broader set of measures other than support of the mayor and his brand of school reform is far more appropriate for determining the best candidate to represent Ward 5. Post readers — and Ward 5 residents — deserve better.
The writer, a Democrat, represents Ward 5 on the D.C. Council and is running for reelection.
| September 2, 2010; 6:57 PM ET
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