Despite Competition, Campaign Volunteers Unite as Neighbors in Ward 5
Published: Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Updated: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 20:09
Brother McDuffie stressed that maintaining strong constituent services is necessary. "The people who have been here can't be forgotten," he said. "It is an uphill battle. [D.C.] has to get back to people owning their government."
Monique Smith, an eight-year Ward 5 resident and scheduler for Councilman Harry Thomas Jr., whose platform addresses good health and educational opportunities, said "[Thomas] has done a lot of great things. He was one of the main people who advocated for UDC to move to the [Backus] location.
"Thomas will continue to support more youth programs," Smith said. "The youth are really crying out. Youth advocacy is a big for me because I have a 17-year-old daughter."
Candidate Delano Hunter, whose platform includes job expansion, economic growth and youth development, can relate to younger and older people, said Devonte Little, a Ward 5 resident for all of his 19 years. "He looks at situations from all perspectives," Little said.
The residents of Ward 5 said what they really want is to make sure all the candidates are focused on meeting their needs.
As resident Linda Perkins said, "We as a people have to understand the power of our vote."