Many people have New Year’s resolutions that reflect their values and desires and D.C. Council members have proven to be no exception.
The Informer talked to council members in December about their 2020 resolutions. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D), in consideration of the controversy surrounding fellow Council member Jack Evans’ (D-Ward 2) ethical violations, addressed that issue indirectly.
“Quietly rebuild the public trust’s in the legislative branch of the District government “in light of this year’s turmoil,” the chairman said.
While the chairman discursively discussed Evans’ situation, some council members chose to be more personal. Trayon White (D-Ward 8) said during the new year he wants to learn how to achieve parity in his life.
“I want to balance family, community, school, faith and family,” White said.
Robert White (D-At-Large) also referred to his family life, but in a more intimate way.
“I want to be a better husband,” Robert White said with a chuckle. “My wife hasn’t complained about me and I don’t want her to complain.”
Council member Elissa Silverman (I-At Large) cited improved personal habits as her resolutions for the new year.
“I want to exercise regularly, sleep and eat better,” Silverman said.
Other council members said they wanted to make the District a better place to live for all of its residents. Brianne Nadeau (D-Ward 1) said she wants to end “chronic homelessness” in the city while Vincent Gray (D-Ward 7) expressed his desire to “bring a new full-service hospital to the residents of Wards 7 and 8.”
Anita Bonds (D-At-Large) spoke succinctly about her resolution to enhance the lives of District residents.
“I want to work harder, smarter and cheerfully for my community,” she said with a smile.
Some council members facing voters this year, including Brandon Todd (D-Ward 4) and Trayon White, voiced their goal to be reelected, while others such as David Grosso (D-At-Large), Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5), Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) and Evans didn’t reveal any resolutions.
“I haven’t given that much thought,” Evans said. “Ask me later.”