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We are gearing up to send our DC Delegates all the way to the virtual 2020 Democratic National Convention. Come meet some of the delegates representing the District at this year's DNC Convention and learn how you can be part of electing Joe Biden as our next president.
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Rewatch: Power to the...Ballot
Did you miss this incredible conversation about voting technologies and the real efforts underway to bring them to bear in cities like the District and beyond.
Watch as President Troy Donte' Prestwood sits down with DC Board of Elections Executive Director Alice P. Miller to discuss new changes to the upcoming fall election in the District.
Keith Hasan-Towery, at-large committeeman & chair of voter outreach and education for the DC Democratic Party, moderates a panel discussion on how technology, politics, and voting will shape the elections of the future here in the District and around the country. Joining him are: Michael Bennett, chairman of the DC Board of Elections; Forrest Senti, director of business and government initiatives at the National Cyber Security Center; Pete Martin founder and CEO of Votem; and Matthew Gallagher programs coordinator in the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office.
President Prestwood Testifies before DC Council on June 2 Election Challenges
"The voters are the true heroes of the June 2 election."
On June 19, 2020, Ward 8 Democrats President Troy Donte' Prestwood testified before the DC Council Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety's Public Oversight Roundtable discussion on the June 2 primary election.
He, along with other DC Democratic Party chairs discussed challenges confronted by voters in Ward 8 and across the District during the June 2 primary election.
President Prestwood laid out a series of recommendations to reform how DC Board of Elections conducts future elections, including allowing separate service from the general public for seniors and persons with disabilities, even if they don't have a car; engaging the state and local parties like the Ward 8 Democrats for future decision-making around the location of vote centers; and giving DCBOE resources for automatic vote by mail and other election technologies.
Watch the short video here.
Rewatch: Fireside Chat with Councilmember Trayon White and Panel Discussion on LGBTQ Political Priorities for Ward 8
Did you miss any of our historic June meeting? Well, you're in luck. Rewatch Ward 8 Democrats President Troy Donte' Prestwood's sitdown with newly re-elected Councilmember Trayon White as they discussed the recent election, current events, and his vision for the ward going forward.
We also hosted We Are One: Engaging LGBTQ Voters in Ward 8, our first-ever panel discussion on LGBTQ political priorities in the ward in celebration of Pride Month. The panel included moderator Abdur-Rahim Briggs, CEO, Project Briggs, Inc., Jorge Membreño, director of youth housing and clinical services at SMYAL, and Ward 8 residents Antonio L. Walker, Bela Muney, and LaQueda Tate.
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Special Election Statement from the President of the Ward 8 Democrats
Ward 8 Democrats President Troy Donte' Prestwood issued the following statement on the results of the June 2, 2020 DC Democratic Primary election:
“With more than 99 percent of the vote counted, on behalf of the Executive Committee of the Ward 8 Democrats, let me be among the first to congratulate Councilmember Trayon White on securing his second Democratic Nomination for Ward 8 Member of the DC Council.
“I want to also congratulate Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, At-Large Councilmember Robert White, Senator Paul Strauss, and the Democratic nominee for U.S. Representative, our very own, ANC 8E Commissioner Oye Owolewa on winning their respective Democratic campaigns. Each of them will go on to compete in the November 3 General Election where we will vote for all Democratic candidates up and down the ballot.
It was a historic day in the Ward with extremely long lines at all three Vote Centers. I want to thank voters for their patience, endurance, and refusal to give up and leave. You are the heroes of the 2020 primary election. We will be providing an opportunity for you to share your experiences at the polls soon. I also want to thank Vote Center staff and volunteers at Anacostia High School, Barry Farm Recreation Center, and Malcolm X Opportunity Center for their service.
“Councilmember White ran an impressive campaign that resonated with many Ward 8 residents who want to see our Ward grow and become a more inclusive and responsive place to live, work, and raise a family.
“Our councilmember will need all of us on deck as our challenges are big – fixing our public education system, building affordable housing, improving access to health care, public safety, and economic development, to name a few. But we also know this very moment is pregnant with opportunity for all of us to roll up our sleeves, work together, and make our great Ward even greater.
“Please join me in thanking ANC 8C Commissioner Mike Austin, Attorney Yaida Ford, Ward 8 Democratic Committeeman Stuart Anderson, and Businessman Fred Hill for running spirited campaigns and for shaping the discussion on the future of our Ward. Not only will the councilmember need you but the community still needs your energy, ideas, and values to move our great Ward forward.
“Again, congratulations to all the Democratic nominees. We have much work to do before the November 3 General Election.”
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