Elissa Silverman is running for re-election! She wants another four years to speak up for renters for small businesses for teachers for you!
Every day I work hard to make D.C. government work for you. You expect your taxes to pay for:
- safe streets and neighborhoods
- high-functioning public schools
- housing that’s truly affordable
- a compassionate safety net
So do I! I ask for your vote to spend four more years standing up for D.C. working families and small businesses, asking tough questions, and challenging the status quo.
Chip in to support our campaign
Elissa has always funded her campaigns with small donations from D.C. residents, NOT from corporations, PACs, OR special interests. This year she’s participating in D.C.’s Fair Elections program, a law she helped put in place. Every contribution from a D.C. resident is matched 5-to-1, and contributions are limited to $100.
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Ready to tell your friends and neighbors why you support Elissa? Request a yard sign or host a Meet & Greet!
If re-elected, Elissa will continue to hold D.C. government accountable to working families and local businesses. She has a track record of success.
Investing in D.C. Workers
I co-authored the District’s Paid Family Leave law, and as Chair of the Council’s Committee on Labor and Workforce Development, I oversee its implementation. The program launched on-time and under budget in the midst of the pandemic. After a recent review that I put into law, the city’s Chief Financial Officer dramatically increased parental, family caregiving, and medical leave for workers and cut the taxes employers need to contribute to pay for it. A win-win-win!
Making Neighborhoods Safe
We need safe streets whether you are walking near your home, playing at a park, bicycling to work or school, or commuting in a car. I support a well-trained Metropolitan Police Department that respects the rights of residents and visitors and has the resources officers and detectives need to patrol effectively and close cases. We also need to do more to address root causes of crime and embrace evidence-based alternatives to traditional policing. That’s why I worked with Attorney General Karl Racine and Chairman Phil Mendelson to have my Labor Committee provide the initial seed funding for the Attorney General’s Cure the Streets program, which is based on a violence interruption model that has been successful in other cities. As our public-health focused strategies like violence interruption grow, we need to make sure there is clear coordination of all our public safety agencies to meet our goals.
Keeping Housing Affordable
I know that D.C.’s housing market is unaffordable at many income levels. That’s why I have been a tenacious overseer of D.C.’s Housing Authority, which is critical to providing housing for low-income families. I have been a champion for increased funding for subsidized housing programs and oversight of our housing voucher distribution. We also need to make sure middle-class families aren’t priced out, and I’ve supported enhancements to home purchase assistance and inclusionary zoning. I’ve also created programs that help our seniors on fixed incomes pay for housing and cover taxes and insurance on reverse mortgages.
Building a Resilient City
I’ve invested your taxpayer dollars into a nationally-recognized way to teach adult literacy that has put thousands of D.C. residents into living-wage careers. My Labor Committee created and funded the D.C. Healthcare Sector Partnership, which is working with D.C.’s hospitals and healthcare providers to train D.C. residents to become nurses and health aides. And I’ve championed innovative programs to give our teens and young adults job experience and income, such as the year-round high school internship program.
Spending Your Tax Dollars Well
I’m laser-focused on accountability and results for the money we spend on city contracts. I speak out against wasteful government spending. For example, I was a loud and forceful voice opposing our lottery and sport betting system. I’ve pushed developers to include more affordable housing units in their projects that receive city subsidies, and I always ask how many jobs they will create for D.C. residents.