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D.C. ELECTION ROUNDUP: Rogers Seeks to Improve D.C. Neighborhoods

Eric Rogers, candidate for an independent at-large seat on the D.C. Council, said he wants District neighborhoods to be the best they can be so that residents can have a rich living experience.

“I want for people to have the ability to go about their business without the fear of being attacked,” said Rogers, a District native. “I want people to be able to walk to the stores in their neighborhoods without being robbed. Kids should be able to play in the street and families should be able to go out in their neighborhoods without incidents. That’s what I want for everyone in the city.”

Aside from his time at the College of Wooster in Ohio, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science, Rogers has been a lifelong District resident. After college, he worked for the mayoral campaign of Harold Brazil in 1998 and then served as a legislative assistant for then-Council member Sharon Ambrose (D-Ward 6) and chief of staff for then-Council member Kevin Chavous (D-Ward 7).

When Chavous lost his seat to Vincent Gray in 2004, Rogers transitioned to the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA). He served in that agency from 2005-2015 in positions such as advisory neighborhood commission coordinator and chief enforcement officer.

After leaving DCRA, he worked as the chief of staff for the D.C. Department of Small and Local Business Development and served as the interim chairman of the D.C. Taxicab Commission.

In 2018, Rogers managed Council Chairman Phil Mendelson’s reelection bid. His time running the Mendelson campaign convinced him that he wanted to be on the council.

“As a native Washingtonian, I’ve seen some changes in my hometown,” he said. “I’ve seen once-neglected neighborhoods now thrive with new residents and amenities.”

However, he said, “too many children suffer from hunger, senior citizens are being swindled out of their homes, residents are struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues and still too many people left out.”

“As a result, I’m running because we must create pathways to prosperity for every resident,” Rogers said.

Rasheed Wants to Lead Ward 7

Veda Rasheed (Courtesy photo)
Veda Rasheed (Courtesy photo)

Veda Rasheed desires to be the next Ward 7 council member because she feels that her ward has been ignored “too long.”

“We have been given false promises and false hopes by those in leadership,” Rasheed said. “Our city is growing but we are being left behind.”

Rasheed hopes to be the winner in the June 2 Democratic Party primary that will likely include Council member Vincent Gray (D-Ward 7) on the ballot. She has the backing of D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) allies such as Ward 8 entrepreneur Phinis Jones but said as a council member, she won’t be beholden to the mayor.

“I will be a puppet of my constituents,” Rasheed said. “They are the ones who will pull the strings.”

Rasheed, a graduate of Bowie State University and the Catholic University School of Law, has worked as a clerk for D.C. Superior Court Chief Judge Lee F. Satterfield and in community engagement for D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine (D). She said as a product of excellent education opportunities, she will work on the council to see that all Ward 7 students have the same chance to excel academically.

“I would like to see a new highly competitive middle school in the ward,” Rasheed said, adding that she wants to strengthen the ward’s foreign language offerings. “Ward 7 students will compete in a global economy.”

Economically, Rasheed would like to see more government buildings and public sector workers in the ward.

“Government workers will increase economic development and traffic in the ward,” she said. “That will also create an environment where there will be more retail and sit-down restaurants for residents to enjoy.”

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