It is an honor to represent Ward 5 on the Council of the District of Columbia.
Since taking office, I have focused on engaging the Ward 5 community and improving the quality of life for residents across the District of Columbia. I look forward to working with you to improve your economic security, your health and safety, and the education options of your children. I want to stay connected and listen to your concerns about the critical issues affecting your neighborhood. Please consider this site my portable office—a place for us to exchange information and for you to learn more about what you can do to get involved.
Please keep in touch and let’s continue to positively transform the future of Ward 5. Together.
“The budget must make transformational investments that enable all residents to access economic opportunity, reliable housing and safe communities,” said Councilmember McDuffie. “Our City has one of the worst racial wealth gaps in the country; not funding programs that intentionally address this disparity defers the dream of real racial equity for another year. I am, however, pleased to see funding for an Ivy City recreation center after decades of advocacy with residents and community stakeholders.”
“We must pass bold and transformational policies that chip away at the District’s stark racial inequities,” said Councilmember McDuffie. “The Child Wealth Building Act and a guaranteed basic income program represent economic justice for Washingtonians who were struggling before the recession. We must also explore the District’s approaches to generate revenue given the significant impact of COVID restrictions hospitality, sales and commercial property taxes moving forward.”
The Comprehensive Plan serves as a guide for the District’s future growth and development. The Plan and the priorities it sets for our land use, housing, public services, infrastructure, transportation, environment, and capital investments are a reflection of the vision we have for our City. When the Comprehensive Plan was released, my staff and I hosted meetings for Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners and civic association leaders and met with a wide array of residents and organizations across Ward 5. Beginning with the Comprehensive Plan’s Framework Element, approved in 2019, I drafted language that reflected constituent concerns and ideas to ensure that equity was prioritized.