“Under the leadership of Phil Mendelson, the DC Council has consistently voted to expand the education budget, often over the mayor’s recommendation. He has also brought stability after a raucous, scandal-filled period that resulted in tremendous turnover on the council and even some prison sentences. On a policy level, Mr. Mendelson also coordinated the District’s minimum wage increases with our neighboring Maryland counties to limit the number of District employers who might move there to save money. He led the council to make our income taxes among the most progressive in the country. . . . Mr. Mendelson’s leadership has helped usher in continued improvements to our finances, which are now considered to be among the most solid of any large city in the country. . . . We urge Democratic voters to nominate Mr. Mendelson for another four-year term in next week’s primary.”
“Steady wins the race. His is an important position for the District that Mendelson fills with careful consideration, a sense of balance and fiscal responsibility. We support his reelection.”
“No race is more critical than that for chairman of the D.C. Council . . . . We have not always agreed with Mr. Mendelson on the issues but we respect his thoughtful stewardship of the council and his fair-minded approach. . . . Mr. Mendelson is clear-eyed about both helping the city’s neediest residents and the danger of returning the District to the days of free-wheeling spending without regard to consequences.”
I am proud to receive the endorsement of the DC Nurses Association. DCNA is the professional organization for over 2,000 licensed health care professionals that live or work in the District of Columbia. DCNA is an affiliate of the Metropolitan Labor Council, AFL-CIO and the National Nurses United. From DCNA’s statement: “Chairman Mendelson . . . agree(s) on the importance of working with DCNA to address serious issues, including the immediate and long term future of United Medical Center, workplace violence, especially involving health care workers, and insuring full time nurses in DC schools.”
Dear Councilmember Mendelson:
I am writing on behalf of the Washington Teachers’ Union to congratulate you for winning our union’s endorsement of your candidacy for office.
We are convinced that you are genuinely committed to working with teachers – and all public education stakeholders – to address and solve the systemic problems that are preventing DC public schools from guaranteeing that each and every DC student receives world class educational opportunities, regardless of their race, ethnicity or economic circumstances.
We look forward to in-depth discussions with you aimed at developing and implementing policies and programs that provide our members with the resources, supports and environments needed to deliver the educational quality all our students deserve.
Elizabeth A. Davis,
President, Washington Teachers Union
The Sierra Club DC chapter has long worked with Mendelson on legislation ranging from the Urban Forest Preservation Act of 2002 to the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard Act of 2004. Earlier this year, Mendelson introduced the Clean Energy DC Omnibus Act of 2018, which included the suggestions from the Sierra Club. “The Sierra Club is happy that Chairman Mendelson is working with other environmental champions in the DC Council to pass a strong clean energy bill to cut greenhouse gas emissions,” said Mark Rodeffer, chair of the Sierra Club DC chapter.