We hope you are all staying healthy and safe. As you may have heard, Brooke Pinto, has won the Ward 2 DC Council Democratic Primary Election. She will go on to be the Democratic nominee in the General Election this November 3rd, 2020 to hold the Council seat for the next four years. Brooke won our preference poll in May. We are thrilled that she will represent Ward 2 and be the first woman to serve as the Ward 2 Council member.
Brooke previously served as a tax attorney in the Office of the Attorney General and then as the Assistant Attorney General for Policy and Legislative Affairs during which time she represented the Council and many of the District agencies as her clients. She wrote important pieces of legislation on issues such as hate crimes, small business protection, and workers rights. Brooke was the only candidate in the race with a comprehensive COVID-19 Recovery Plan. She hopes to get to work right away to help our city recover from this crisis and to ensure that Ward 2 and D.C. are more equitable and just. You can find more information about Brooke's background and platform at https://brookepintoforward2.com/vision/.
We want to bring to your attention that Brooke is also running in the Ward 2 Special Election on June 16th. This election will determine who will fill the vacant Council seat left by Jack Evans for the remainder of this term until January. All of the other candidates have dropped out or conceded from the Special Election; however, since the ballot has already been finalized, their names are still listed. Regardless of who you voted for in the Primary, it is crucial that we all turn out to vote in the Special Election and support Brooke so that she is able to immediately join the ranks of the other progressive women on the Council and represent Ward 2 during budget negotiations in early July.
There are a few ways you can help elect Brooke in the June 16th Special Election:
- Some of you may have already received your Special Election mail-in ballot. If so, make sure to return your ballot by June 16th either to a polling location or through the mail. You can check the status of your mail-in ballot here.
- Unfortunately, the deadline to order a mail-in ballot for the Special Election has already passed, but you can still vote safely in person. Early voting will take place from June 12th through June 15th at Hardy Middle School and One Judiciary Square from 8:30am-7pm. On June 16th, both of the polling locations will be open from 7am-8pm. The same social distancing protocols that were in place for the Primary Election will still be followed. All voters will be required to wear a mask and election workers will stay distanced.
2) Tell your Ward 2 friends about Brooke
- If you are not a Ward 2 resident, you can still support Brooke's candidacy by spreading the word about her campaign. Tell your Ward 2 friends about the importance of the Special Election and encourage them to support Brooke.
- Brooke's campaign is looking for volunteers to help phone bank and to represent the campaign at the polling locations. If you are interested in volunteering, email Rose Ettleson, Brooke's Field Director, at [email protected].
If you have any questions or experience any difficulties voting, please reach out to Brooke's campaign at [email protected].
“When women vote, women win,”
Anita Shelton, President of DCWIP.