DC Needs More Women in Political Office

We have been very successful! The DC Council now has a majority of women! And we have a female mayor. 

But, we have to keep going. Please join us. 


  • published 2022 General Preference Poll is closed in Blog 2022-09-17 10:19:10 -0400

    2022 General Preference Poll is closed

    The 2022 General Preference Poll is now closed. We will report the results next week. 


  • published Google Form 2022 Preference Poll General in Surveys 2022-09-13 15:07:22 -0400

  • published Temporary Problem with Preference Poll in Blog 2022-09-13 14:46:46 -0400

    Temporary Problem with Preference Poll

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  • Jennifer Gelencia Muhammad

    At-Large Member of the DC Council Candidate -- Independent
    https://www.voteforjennifer.net/

    I am so honored to be invited to the DC Women in Politics Town Hall Meeting. Thank you so much!

    As a survivor of domestic abuse, I will continue to lead my organization: The New Royal Family of Advocates for Planetary Change in the practice of lifting and protecting women. My organization currently rescues women and children from abusive situations, pays for hotel stays and supplies food and clothing to the survivors. 

    We have also been serving homeless women every Saturday for the last 2 1/2 years. In addition to food and clothing items, we provide tents, toiletries, feminine hygiene products, medical supplies and more.

    Additionally, having experience in multiple fields, including education and mental health -- I stand firmly for equal pay and equal opportunities for women. 

    In conclusion, I possess a servant's heart and a listening ear. I want to hear what the needs are for women. I will use my passion and above and beyond duty actions to improve life for us all! 


  • published 2022 General Women Candidates in Blog 2022-08-30 18:25:41 -0400

    2022 DC Women General Election Candidates

    Click on the links below for highlights of the candidate's priorities, and how their work will improve the lives of women and their families in DC.

    Candidates for Mayor of the District of Columbia

    Candidates for At-Large Members of the DC City Council

    Candidates for Ward 5 Member of the State Board of Education

    Download this flyer to share information about the Town Hall.


  • published 2022 Nina ONeill in 2022 General Women Candidates 2022-08-30 18:15:47 -0400

    Nina ONeill

    Candidate for Ward 5 Member of the State Board of Education
    ninaoneill2022.com

    Hello, I am Nina O’Neill. My husband Frank and I moved to Brookland in Ward 5, eleven years ago. We have been married for 39 years and have two adult sons, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren.

    I grew up in a military family, and my sons currently serve in the United States Coast Guard, and the United States Army.

    I stayed home with my sons when they were young and volunteered in their schools for several years. My younger son, who is now an Army Ranger, is dyslexic, so I was often a volunteer in special education classrooms. I went back to college when my boys were in middle and high school to get an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from West Georgia State University. After that I taught 4th grade in Chattanooga TN. Our family was transferred to NJ and I went on to get a Master’s degree in Orientation and Mobility and Rehabilitation Teaching for the Blind and Visually Impaired from Hunter College in NYC. While working on my Master’s degree, I taught at a school for students with learning disabilities in NJ.

    Since completing my Master’s degree, I have taught blind and visually impaired students in several settings and in different parts of the country. While I have lived in DC, I have worked in several school districts in the DMV with students of all ages.

    I am fortunate to have had two careers-“stay at home parent” and educator. Both have been challenging and rewarding.

    I hope to bring my experience as the parent of a special needs student, a classroom teacher, and a special education service provider to the State Board of Education to advocate for students, parents and teachers, and strengthen the many schools in Ward 5 and across DC.


  • Carisa Stanley Beatty

    Candidate for Ward 5 Member of the State Board of Education
    https://carisa4ward5.com/

    I am a native Washingtonian, working mother and wife and I hope to earn your vote for the Ward 5 State Board of Education.  I have lived in Ward 5 for more than 10 years.  Like many families, my husband and I work hard to put food on the table and care for our young son.  Our goal is to create an environment where he feels safe, supported, and free to explore interests and talents that enrich his life.  My goal, as your Ward 5 voice, is to ensure that same experience for all children!

    I believe all children deserve a quality public education.  Families entrust the education of their children to our school system, making us, not policy makers, the biggest investors in that system.  As such, parents should be intentionally and meaningfully engaged in all aspects of education.   

    I believe in early literacy.  We know that when young children read with their families and are engaged in literacy practices, there are positive academic and social outcomes.  Our son was a late talker and didn’t start to speak until he was about 3 years old.  We were thankful to find resources like DC Strong Start, that helped and encouraged our family.  We learned so much during that time, and now our son is speaking and is a strong reader! I know there are families that will experience similar situations and I will be your advocate. 

    Over my 20+ year career as a finance professional, I have created and preserved affordable housing in the District.   I have developed and implemented homeownership and foreclosure prevention programs and am currently a member of the DC Historic Preservation Review Board.  There is intersectionality between housing and education, and I bring specific expertise that equips me to ensure comprehensive solutions that improve our systems. 


  • published 2022 Rhonda Hamilton in 2022 General Women Candidates 2022-08-30 17:59:21 -0400

    Rhonda Hamilton

    Mayoral Candidate -- Independent
    https://www.rhondahamilton4dcmayor.com/

    I am Mayoral Candidate Rhonda Hamilton, a proud Washingtonian, small business owner, daughter of the military, daughter of schizophrenia, and lover of my dear city, DC.  Yes, I am an Independent, but most importantly I am a humanitarian. 

    As the next Mayor of the District of Columbia my priorities are directly aligned with that of being a true advocate for the people.  I am gravely concerned with the enormous amount of challenges that we currently face as a city failing in the areas of wealth disparity, and economic matters involving our youth and families of poorer means.  Additionally, matters of mental health, homelessness, lack of proper governmental oversight, accountability, policy enforcements, education, public safety, affordable housing, as well as the existing healthcare inequities are at the forefront of my intentions to "overhaul" the "overall" District programs and systems that are not working for far too many Washingtonians.

    As a woman and descendant of the "civil rights" movement I am aware of the importance of always helping to advocate for democracy by raising my voice, taking a stand against injustices, and for ensuring that matters of humanity remain impartial to "party" lines, and political processes that would intentionally disavow citizens of any particular class, race, ethnicity, or gender to the rights afforded us all by the constitution.

    My policies will pay specific focus to ensuring that all Washingtonians have access to the economic growth of our city, while maintaining available access for all DC citizens to resources and programming that will also include matters of equal pay, enhanced childcare, maternity, family, and paid leave realities.

    I agree that "when women vote, women win!"  I also agree that as nurturers and guardians of our families, and communities, "our city wins", when we are proactive at protecting the presence of abuse, misuse, and the lack of care for those that are the least among us.  I am proud to represent the presence of "forward thinking", accountable leadership that seeks to invite the many disengaged Washingtonians back to the table to help steer our dear city in the direction of its true potential for "greatness".

    I appreciate the opportunity to possibly be included in your upcoming forum to discuss in further detail my campaign platform, and eagerness to move our city forward.


  • published 2022 Stacia Hall in 2022 General Women Candidates 2022-08-30 17:54:45 -0400

    Stacia Hall

    Mayoral Candidate - Republican
    https://staciahall.com/


  • published 2022 Muriel Bowser in 2022 General Women Candidates 2022-08-30 17:51:28 -0400

    Muriel Bowser

    Mayoral Candidate -- Democrat
    https://www.murielourmayor.com/


  • Elissa Silverman

    At-Large Member of the DC Council Candidate -- Independent
    https://elissafordc.com/

    Elissa Silverman has focused her career on making the District and its government accountable, responsive, and accessible to residents through her work as a reporter, a budget analyst, and an elected official. For the last eight years, she’s put those skills to work as an at-large member of the D.C. Council.

    As chair of the Committee on Labor and Workforce Development, Elissa knows that women are the backbone of our economy. That’s why Elissa co-authored D.C.’s paid family leave law, which gives women (and men) the time they need to take care of their family members and themselves without financial catastrophe. She has overseen the program’s implementation, which was delivered on time and under budget in the middle of the pandemic.

    Elissa has also been a very active member of the Council’s housing committee, writing and funding legislation that has repaired public housing and increased money for subsidies to help working families and those experiencing homelessness have safe housing. She also worked with the city’s Housing Finance Agency to put an innovative program in place to help seniors stay in their homes.

    What sets Elissa apart on the Council is her focus on accountability. Elissa knows that women in D.C. work hard to support themselves and their families, and the D.C. government should work just as hard providing city services.

    Elissa grew up in Baltimore and attended public schools. She graduated from Brown University with a concentration in economics and history. Her studies at Brown sparked a lifelong interest in urban policy and shaped her thinking on key issues such as equity, race, poverty, and economic development.

    Elissa is a Ward 6 resident and owns a home in Capitol Hill near H Street NE. She is a longtime cyclist, a recreational tennis player, and an occasional cook.

     


  • DCWIP Response to Supreme Court Decision re: Roe vs. Wade

    June 26, 2022

    Washington, DC -- DC Women in Politics strongly condemns the decision rendered by the Supreme Court overturning Roe vs. Wade thus denying women the right to make decisions about their own bodies and their lives. The government has no business intervening between an individual and their doctor in that decision-making process.

    The DC Women in Politics supports the right of every human being to make personal decisions about their health care; which includes the right to safe, affordable, accessible abortions and reproductive care. We support efforts to make Washington, DC a sanctuary city for abortion access and reproductive rights in general. We will fight tirelessly to protect those rights for our generation, and generations to come, and we will continue to fight for Statehood for the District of Columbia.

    As DC Women in Politics, our role is to support and uplift leaders who seek to protect this right and fight back against the elected officials who do not. As disheartening as today’s ruling is, we must harness the power of this moment and take our anger to the polls come November.

    Pew Research Center’s most recent survey shows 61% of U.S. adults say abortion should be legal all or most of the time, while 37% say it should be illegal all or most of the time. Despite widescale support among Americans for abortion access, at least half of the 50 states are certain or likely to ban abortion now that Roe has been overturned. While the District of Columbia has been a safe haven for those seeking abortions, our lack of statehood continues to put us in a perilous position. A Republican-controlled Congress could always disregard our laws and put our laws that protect access to abortion in jeopardy.

    The assurances of Chief Justice Roberts to all women must be overlooked when he asserts that this decision is 'only' about Roe. The Court’s majority decision disregards decades of judicial precedent. In fact, three Justices have clearly demonstrated that their words are built on beds of quicksand based on their flip flops on this issue. Justice Thomas made it clear by his inference to other laws in the decision he wrote that the high court could conceivably insert themselves further into our lives and freedoms by considering, and possibly reversing, other rights hard won by women and the American people.

    This decision has far-reaching impacts beyond abortion rights. Laws protecting contraception, same-sex marriages and relationships, and access to contraception may now be in peril. As dissenting Justices Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan so eloquently stated, “Whatever the exact scope of the coming laws, one result of today’s decision is certain: the curtailment of women’s rights, and of their status as free and equal citizens.”

    Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, “This is only the beginning of the extreme Republican agenda to take away our freedoms. We will march and protest this decision by the thousands. We will fight to control our bodies no matter how much they try to stop us. We will not stop until we have our rights back and if they think we will be intimidated, they are wrong.”

    This is a call for DC women to stand and take a position about how much we are willing to cede our rights to people who have little in common with most Americans who must struggle and sacrifice for economic and gender-based parity in this country. VOTE IN NOVEMBER and reach out to others to help them see that the upcoming elections will affect their very lives.

    Actions to take

    1. Volunteer by July 8, 2022 to participate in DC Women in Politics’ newly forming Women’s Reproductive Rights Protection Initiative (DCWIP-WRRPI) Committee. Click here to sign-up.
    2. Click here to make a donation to support the work of the Women’s Reproductive Rights Protection Initiative (WRRPI) that will provide support to organizations providing reproductive healthcare to women, especially those who are marginalized and have little to no resources.


  • Women’s Reproductive Rights Protection (DCWIP-WRRP) Committee

    Volunteer by July 8, 2022 to participate in DC Women in Politics’ newly forming Women’s Reproductive Rights Protection (DCWIP-WRRP) Committee.

    Become a volunteer

  • published DCWIP Supports Muriel Bowser for Reelection in Blog 2022-06-13 20:08:42 -0400

    DCWIP Supports Muriel Bowser for Reelection

    DC Women in Politics supports Mayor Muriel Bowser’s bid for reelection to an unprecedented third term.

    We encourage women to vote in record numbers in the June 21st Primary.

    When women vote, women win!


  • published 2022 Van Ness Shooting in Blog 2022-04-22 22:51:09 -0400

    2022 Van Ness Shooting

    Message from Candidate Deirdre Brown

    As a former Edmund Burke School parent, UDC law student, and 3F04 ANC Commissioner I have spent years in Van Ness. I refuse to believe that this is the “new normal” in this city.  In light of today's shooting incident, my thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their loved ones.  My own son was in the area when this shooting occurred and had to shelter in place. The worry that I felt today, I know that many of you in the community felt as well.  We all want Ward 3 to be a safe place for ourselves and our loved ones. 

    I am calling a community meeting to discuss the April 22, 2022, Van Ness shooting to be held at the Cleveland Park Library on Saturday, April 23, 2022, from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm.  There is an open invitation for Councilmember Mary Cheh, a representative from MPD, and our ANC Commissioners.


  • published 2022 Mayoral Questions in Surveys 2022-04-15 18:52:24 -0400

  • published 2022 DCWIP Preference Poll Results in Blog 2022-03-30 14:59:02 -0400

    2022 DCWIP Preference Poll Results

    WASHINGTON, DC, MARCH 30, 2022

    DC Women in Politics (DCWIP) announces the results of a Preference Poll based on responses from more than 430 people who attended DCWIP’s virtual Town Hall held on March 21. The town hall included 15 women candidates currently running for the DC House of Representatives, and DC City Council including the seats for Chair, At-Large and in Wards 1, 3 and 5. Recordings of the Town Hall can be found on the DC Women in Politics Facebook page.

    The following candidates received the highest number of votes:

    DC City Council Candidates

    DC House of Representatives Delegate

    Twenty-Two women are running for public office this year, the highest number of women running for office since DCWIP was founded in December of 2012, and since Home Rule was established.

    “The DC Women in Politics Town Hall on March 21 served as a forum for District voters to hear directly from the women who are candidates for the DC House of Representatives and DC City Council. The virtual event reached a record attendance of 684 DC voters who can begin to make an informed decision in preparation for the June primaries, and ultimately the November election,” said DCWIP President, Anita Shelton.

    Candidates spoke about various issues impacting District residents, and especially women, children and families who have been hardest hit by the changing workforce, quality childcare/daycare, ongoing lack of affordable housing, and public safety, sexual harassment and domestic violence.

    Join DC Women in Politicshttps://www.dcwomeninpolitics.org/membership


  • published 2022 DCWIP Preference Poll Announcement in Blog 2022-03-28 14:15:00 -0400

    2022 DCWIP Preference Poll Announcement

    DC Women in Politics Announce Preference Poll Results for Women Candidates

    Please join us: DC Women in Politics (DCWIP) will announce the results of its Preference Poll on Wednesday, March 30 at a short outdoor event in Ward 5 at the corner of Monroe and Michigan NE at 1:00 pm.

    Twenty-Two women are running for public office this year, the highest number of women running for office since DCWIP was founded in December of 2012, and since Home Rule was established. The town hall included 15 women candidates currently running for the DC House of Representatives, and DC City Council including the seats for Chair, At-Large and in Wards 1, 3 and 5.

    “The DC Women in Politics Town Hall on March 21 served as a forum for District voters to hear directly from the women who are candidates for the DC House of Representatives and DC City Council. The virtual event reached a record attendance of 684 DC voters who can begin to make an informed decision in preparation for the June primaries, and ultimately the November election,” said DCWIP President, Anita Shelton.

    Candidates spoke about various issues impacting District residents, and especially women, children and families who have been hardest hit by the changing workforce, quality childcare/daycare, ongoing lack of affordable housing, and public safety, sexual harassment and domestic violence. Following the town hall, DCWIP conducted a Preference Poll for the audience to cast their vote for their choice of the best qualified candidates, and more than 430 people voted. The following candidates participated:

    DC City Council Candidates

    • At-Large:
      • Anita Bonds
      • Sharece Crawford
      • Lisa Core
      • Leniqua Dominique Jenkins
    • Chairperson:
      • Erin Palmer
    • Ward 1:
      • Brianne Nadeau (Incumbent)
      • Sabel Harris
    • Ward 3:
      • Deirdre Brown
      • Tricia Duncan
      • Monte Monash
    • Ward 5:
      • Kathy Henderson
      • Faith Gibson Hubbard

    DC House of Representatives

    • Delegate, U.S. House of Representatives:
      • Eleanor Holmes Norton
      • Wendy Hamilton   

    For your convenience, we have posted individual recordings for each office on Facebook:

    The Preference Poll is closed.We plan to announce the results on March 30.

    Facebook access

    Preference Poll

    • Friday, 3/25/22 at midnight -- is closed. 

    Link to information about the candidateshttps://www.dcwomeninpolitics.org/2022_women_candidates

     


  • 2022 DCWIP Virtual Town Hall Links

    For your convenience, we have posted individual recordings for each office on Facebook:

    The Preference Poll is closed.We plan to announce the results on March 30.

    Facebook access

    Preference Poll

    • Friday, 3/25/22 at midnight -- is closed. 

    Link to information about the candidateshttps://www.dcwomeninpolitics.org/2022_women_candidates