“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.”

IAFF local 36
IAFF Local 36 represents over 2600 active and retired professional men and woman trusted with the protection of the citizens, workers and visitors of our Nations Capital.
“Phil Mendelson has been a tireless and hugely successful Chairman, with a long track record of improving life for immigrants and working families. His responsible leadership has been vital to protecting vulnerable residents and our tax dollars.” Jaime Contreras, Vice President, 32BJ SEIU
The Baltimore Washington Laborers’ District Council, an affiliate of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA), represents more than 7,000 LIUNA members who live and work in the Baltimore-Washington region. (click on their logo to read their endorsements)
"[Phil Mendelson] will act in the best interest of 'Working Families' and uphold our core values." Jackie Jeter, President, Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO, in a letter dated May 24, 2018
I'm honored to have the backing of the folks who keep the government working and look forward to 4 more years of fruitful collaboration. Thank you so much for your support!
Established in 1976, Gertrude Stein is one of the oldest Democratic clubs in the District and is a founding chapter of the National Stonewall Democrats. The Gertrude Stein Democratic Club maintains active members in each of the 8 wards of the District of Columbia.
“The Chairman has been a leader on fighting truancy and chronic absenteeism through his participation on the Truancy Taskforce, and has been an outspoken leader on the need to improve our the quality of our comprehensive high schools. On the Council, the Chairman has protected autonomy for educators in both the DCPS and charter sector while fighting for equal access to resources for all public schools.”
Established in 2005, the Caribbean-American Political Action Committee (C-PAC) is a non-partisan, membership-driven organization who works to advance the political agenda of Caribbean-Americans currently residing in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. To that end, C-PAC will endorse and support candidates for public office . . . who articulate policy positions that will strengthen the economic, educational, social, and cultural conditions of individuals of Caribbean heritage residing in the region.
Phil Mendelson has led the Council admirably for six years. He has expertly navigated several key issues for District homeowners, including an exemption for single-family homes from the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA) and a first-time homebuyer tax benefit, and his efforts have improved the city’s landscape for homeownership.
The BLET represents Locomotive Engineers, Conductors, Brakemen, Firemen, Switchmen, Hostlers and other Train Service Employees on numerous railroads in the United States. The BLET's total membership is more than 55,000 and growing. Since Jan. 1, 1992, Locomotive Engineers must be trained and tested to be federally certified and licensed to operate trains.

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.

Sincerely yours,

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.

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