The Great Ward 8!
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The 2020 Census is near and the Trump Administration is determined to make it harder than ever to count you and your family. This is important because the Census helps our community determine where to build everything from schools to supermarkets, and from homes to hospitals. It also helps the government decide how to distribute funds and assistance to residents in our ward. That's why we must get Census-ready.
Join us for this important Census training workshop to learn how you can help your neighbors by becoming Census Ambassadors. You'll also hear how to access available Census job opportunities as well. As an added bonus, all those in attendance will receive a "completion certificate" indicating your new role and responsibility to help Ward 8 Get Census Ready.
Bring a neighbor!
When: Saturday, November 16, 2019
Arrival Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: R.I.S.E. Center - 2730 Martin Luther King, Jr., Ave., SE (Several bus lines services the area: A2, A4, A6, A7, A8, W2 and W3; Anacostia is the closest Metro)
Join our Team: Recruiting New Directors and
The Ward 8 Democrats is looking for spectacular individuals to join our high-energy executive committee to help us spread Democratic values of equity, inclusion, and freedom to every section of the ward, and beyond. We are seeking candidates with excellent communications and social skills, a proven track record of working successfully with diverse groups, and a passion and dedication to Democratic principles. If that's you, we want to know your name.
We are looking for directors and committee members for the following positions:
Ward 8 Democrats Elect New Officers at
Newly elected Ward 8 Democrats Officers (L-R): Troy Donté Prestwood, President-Elect; Sheila Bunn, Corresponding Secretary-Elect; Maria Riri Johnson, Recording Secretary-Elect; Darryl Ross, Treasurer-Elect; Salim Adofo, 2nd Vice President-Elect; and Deloris Walker, 1st Vice President-Elect.
Check out The Washington Informer story: Ward 8 Democrats: New Leaders, Old Challenges
Democrats from across the ward elected the next leaders of the Ward 8 Democrats during its 2019 Biennial Convention at Martha's Table on Sept. 21.
Mayor Muriel Bowser, Ward 8 Councilmember Trayon White, DC Office on African American Affairs Director Ashley Emerson spoke at the convention, which also featured a community health fair.
Troy Donté Prestwood was elevated up to president after previously serving as the corresponding secretary. His leadership with the organization began as chair the public relations committee where he helped develop a new website, social media channels, and increase communications with community stakeholders. As corresponding secretary, Prestwood led voter education, outreach and registration efforts as well as deployed new fundraising tools to raise dollars for the organization.
Returning with Prestwood is current 1st Vice President Deloris Walker, who was elected to her own term after being appointed late last year when outgoing President Leonard Watson, Jr. moved into the president role; public relations chair and DC Democratic activist, Sheila Bunn, will move up to corresponding secretary; and long-time executive committee officer, Darryl Ross, will retain his seat as treasurer.
Two new faces will join the executive committee in the new term. Salim Adofo will become 2nd vice president and Maria Riri Johnson will become recording secretary. Adofo is currently an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner in ANC 8C and Johnson is a community activist in the ward.
The new officers will be officially sworn in at the next Ward 8 Democrats meeting on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019.
Images from the 2019 Biennial Convention
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton addresses Ward 8 Democrats during June meeting
Please support our "Taste of Ward 8" Sponsors who helped make the DC Democratic Party visit to Ward 8 a massive success.
Highlights from our May 2019 meeting on the District's 2020 budget and how to serve on one of the city's Boards and Commissions
Highlights from our March 2019 Meeting Featuring a Community Discussion on Violence Prevention
Highlights from our February 2019 Meeting Celebrating Past Ward 8 Democrats Leaders and
Ward 8 Democrats