Ed Lazere, who has served as the executive director of the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute for decades, is the latest candidate to join the race for the independent at-large council seat.
Lazere told The Informer he stepped down from his position at the institute on March 16 to pursue the council position full-time.
The run would be Lazere’s second for the council. In 2018, Lazere challenged Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) in the June 19 Democratic Primary, getting over 36 percent of the vote.
Lazere decided not to challenge incumbent D.C. CouncilmanRobert White (D-At Large), opting for the open seat vacated by Councilman David Grosso (I-At Large). The election for the two at-large council seats will take place during the general election that will take place on Nov. 3.
Lazere said that his many years of writing, speaking and advocating on behalf of low income and working class Washingtonians, will help him to become an effective council member.
“You know that D.C. Council members are the people ablest to take action on inequality in our city,” Lazere said. “You also know that if we are going to meaningfully tackles those challenges at scale, we need new leadership on the council.”
Lazere said being on the council will “continue my life’s work of fighting for racial and economic equality and to bring proven, progressive leadership to our city’s government.”
Lazere, who attended Harvard University and received a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Maryland, said that if elected to the council, he would make the concerns of residents east of the Anacostia River a priority.
“I have fought on behalf of the residents of Wards 7 and 8,” he said. “Last year, I locked arms with activists in those wards to stop Mayor [Muriel] Bowser’s budget cuts to schools in those areas and I will continue to fight for the residents of Wards 7 and 8.”
Evans Passes on Special Election for Old Seat
Former D.C. Councilman Jack Evans recently decided to skip the special election for the Ward 2 council seat he vacated earlier this year amid an ethics scandal.
Evans, who resigned from the D.C. Council on Jan. 7 after serving on that body since 1991, had initially planned to run in both the June 2 Democratic primary and the June 16 special election to fill the vancant seat for the rest of the year. But he reversed course last week, announcing that he would only run in the primary.
“I have decided it is best not to seek to run for the position which I resigned from in January and instead focus on a new start for the next four years,” he said. “Not running in the special is also a way of showing my sincere regret for the mistakes I made.”
Evans left under the threat of expulsion from his council colleagues for various ethical violations. His departure triggered the D.C. Board of Elections to hold the June 16 special election to finish his term.