DC Council Chair
Ed Lazere set down roots here in DC more than 30 years ago, with his wife and two kids, and has dedicated himself to building up and supporting the city he loves - a progressive community that stands up for its values, from LGBTQ rights to universal pre-kindergarten to a $15 minimum wage.
He’s running because he believes DC must do more to address the very real challenges posed by gentrification and development. In the midst of the city’s tremendous prosperity, life is getting harder for many residents, particularly Black and Latinx families, who have shaped DC’s economy, history, and culture. Too many of DC neighbors are shut out from the dream of buying a home or starting a business, a result of the vast racial inequity in wealth. The median net worth for Black DC households is just $3,500, compared with $284,000 for white households, one of the widest differences in the nation. That’s unacceptable.
He’s running for DC Council Chair because the time has come to intervene- and to ensure that DC’s growing economy doesn’t come at the cost of growing inequality. That means tackling DC’s major challenges, from ending homelessness to strengthening our schools for all students to re-building Metro.
Ed has spent decades working alongside community leaders to make life better for DC residents. As the Director of the DC Fiscal Policy Institute, he has advocated for investments in affordable housing, a higher minimum wage and paid sick leave for working families, property tax aid to help families stay in their homes, and policies to protect the economic security of DC’s youngest residents. He was honored to lead a DC commission to reform school financing and to serve with former Mayor Williams on a commission that secured the lowest tax rates in the country for our lowest-income residents.
With that proven track record of advocacy, policy expertise, and leadership experience, Ed is running to make sure DC can be a great home for both minimum-wage workers and law firm partners, where moms eager to find a good job can support their kids and seniors can retire in hard-earned comfort and peace. He’s running so that DC to be home to both new and long-term residents, particularly the Black families who have called DC home for generations.