DC Statehood Green Party endorses Perry Redd for City Council in 4/23 special election
February 13, 2013 in Local Elections
The DC Statehood Green Party has endorsed Perry Redd (http://www.redd4council.com), a party member whose name will be on the ballot in the special election for At-Large Member of City Council in Washington, DC on April 23, 2013.
Mr. Redd is competing against six Democrats and one Republican in the race. Primaries are not held for special elections in the District of Columbia. The special election will fill the at-large seat vacated by Phil Mendelson, who was elected to Council Chair in 2012.
“We are running to seize this opportune time for change — change to repair relationships with the people, change to gain confidence in our leadership, and change to include the voices muted by our government. We aim to do it different and get it right!” said Mr. Redd. “It’s time for true democracy on our City Council.”
“My belief is that the people of DC are sick and tired of being sick and tired and want to do something different, something right. We are committed to legislating differently and getting it right,” added Mr. Redd, a native of Southwest DC.
The DC Statehood Green Party has major party status and ballot access in Washington, DC. In 2012 and other recent elections, Statehood Green candidates have collectively received more votes than Republican candidates, leading many to call Statehood Greens “DC’s Second Party” in terms of election day numbers.
“The special election is winnable for a qualified and deserving Statehood Green candidate like Perry,” said Darryl! LC Moch, DC Statehood Green Party activist and co-chair of the Green Party of the United States.
“We appeal to DC voters: It’s time for DC to stop being a one-party town. The recent scandals at the Ward level, the Council Chair, and even the Mayoral level prove that rule by a single party, the Democrats, is an invitation for corruption and abuse of power. Unlike Democrats and Republicans, Statehood Green candidates accept no contributions from corporate PACs. When we get a Statehood Green on Council, DC residents will have a Councilmember who represents them instead of special interests. Democrats will no longer take their power for granted,” said Mr. Moch.
“I recall when Mayor Vincent Gray ran for office, he coined the phrase ‘One City’… That hasn’t panned out, not necessarily because he didn’t want it to, but because he allowed more of the same: political corruption and cronyism, disregard for the city residents and maintaining wealth disparity,” said Perry Redd.
Mr. Redd’s platform includes
â€¢ Support for DC statehood;
â€¢ Achieving tax justice through a progressive tax system that requires the wealthy to pay their fair share; creating employment for DC residents, especially east of the Anacostia River;
â€¢ Ending the give-away of schools and other public properties to crony corporations;
â€¢ Green Justice: solar and reusable energy incentives, apprenticeship programs for employment opportunities in high schools and the community, especially in high-poverty wards;
â€¢ More strong progressive positions (http://redd4council.com/platform.html).
Perry Redd, an activist and organizer for social change, has advocated for real affordable housing initiatives and for government accountability. He mentors men on their return from incarceration and has testified on numerous occasions before DC City Council on behalf of Returning Citizens. He has campaigned against DC’s coming Walmarts, which degrade working people, in the “Respect DC” campaign and has served on WPFW-FM’s Community Advisory Board for three years.
Mr. Redd currently hosts the internet radio show, Socially Speaking (http://socialspeaks.podomatic.com) and pens the weekly syndicated column “The Other Side of the Tracks” (http://socialspeaks.wordpress.com). He is also a licensed and prolific songwriter with over 3,000 compositions to his credit.