Morning Read: Washington City Paper Endorses Elissa Silverman for At-Large Seat

Note: This story has been corrected. The Washington Blade did not endorse a candidate; a column endorsing Mara in the paper was written by an individual columnist.

The editors at Washington City Paper endorsed Elissa Silverman in the D.C. Council at-large special election. Silverman is a former City Paper and Post reporter.

They wrote:

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As editors, we worry the skills that made [Silverman] a dogged Loose Lips columnist for City Paper and a Post reporter would not make her an effective councilmember; aggressive skepticism isn’t a typical tool of consensus-building. No current City Paper editors worked with her, but we’re still wary of endorsing any former journalist....

But there’s no question Silverman knows the budget inside and out.... Her answers to questions in public forums are wonky but thoughtful, calling for high-quality pre-K in every school, affordable housing citywide, and sensible transportation policies. She understands the corrupting power money has in our city, which is why she fought last fall to ban corporate campaign contributions and isn't taking any this spring.

This is a big pickup for Silverman. The Washington Post, Northwest Current and Washington Blade columnist Mark Lee have all endorsed Republican Patrick Mara for the seat.

City Paper editors also called for residents to vote “yes” on amendment 8, which would allow the D.C. government to spend locally raised revenue without waiting for Congress to approve the budget:

Waiting for Congress to give D.C. more independence hasn't worked for the past 40 years. Let's not keep waiting for Congress to give us our own money back, either.

Read their full endorsement here.


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