Millennials are on the move, stepping up organizing and voting in growing numbers, helping with the housing recovery, financial recovery, and are now the CEO’s of companies used by global citizens every day (hello Facebook).  Regardless of the job, we’re finding people born in the 80’s and 90’s taking on leadership roles in all areas of society.  The same goes for the political makeup of Washington DC.  Right now, “Eighties Babies” are known as “council-member” and there is no sign of that changing anytime soon.  

Election season is gearing up, with candidates announcing what many people already knew.   DC soon will be flooded with hopefuls knocking on doors, showing up at cookouts, shaking hands at the metro, and yes, even dropping by the churches, hoping to get some facetime with the very voters that will elect them into some of the most coveted positions in all of Washington DC...the City Council.

Among the hopefuls is the Candidate for the Ward 1 Council seat, DC and Ward 1 native Sheika Reid.  Her website states proudly, “I’m from Ward 1, I love Ward 1, I should represent Ward 1” and she’s been seen all over Ward 1, speaking and connecting with potential supporters.  A former intern of Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, she is the creator of the Howard University Day of Service, where she also served as a campus representative for the AFL-CIO.  

She will be running for the seat currently held by Brianne Nadeau.  We had the opportunity to ask Ms Reid a few questions regarding her upcoming campaign, and her answers are below.  

 

(* Each candidate for City Council will be profiled on The District NOW, including current seat holders)

 

When did you decide to run for office?

Earlier this year after success with the DC Ticket Reform Campaign where I and my friend Chioma Iwuoha were able to galvanize our community around the issue of ticketing. We took the narratives of people who were impacted by our predatory ticketing system to Councilmember Trayon White who then introduced legislation to address the issue.

 What new ideas could you bring to Ward 1?

- A bilingual pilot program for all public schools

- Relief from ticketing debt

- Vocational Programs in public schools to prepare our children for entry-level jobs

- Creative solutions to the affordable housing crises. through cutting through the bureaucracy that causes the Department of Housing and Community Development

- Support Programs such as Beacon D.C. to ensure that D.C. is the number 1 city for Women entrepreneurs

-Bringing thought leaders in the fields of city and urban planning to provide robust, creative solutions to addressing our city’s challenges in regard to Affordable Housing and sustainable growth as our city's population increases

 What policy differences do you have with the current Ward 1 Councilmember?

A significant amount of legislation that she introduces reflects a lack of advocacy for our community’s most vulnerable residents. Such as the emergency dog on patio legislation. Where’s our emergency legislation to mitigate the impacts of homelessness? A City Council Member should represent the needs of all of their constituents, not just the affluent. This only happens by bringing more voices to the table. This happens through engagement and being willing to have conversations with residents who are generally overlooked within the political process. This includes demographics such as Millennials, our city’s more economically vulnerable, and I could never forget about my seniors.

Is there any legislation in committee that you have a strong opinion on right now?

The legislation that we’ve seen out of Trayon White’s Office has been groundbreaking. Particularly around speeding and parking tickets.

Robert White has been very progressive around legislation to protect families and returned citizens which I have openly applauded.

I am Also very excited to see how the NEAR Act would be implemented in a way that can empower our communities to become safer places for families and for all.

If you could have lunch with any Politician today (living or dead) who would it be and why?

Marion Barry. He was able to do so much to empower the middle class in DC and to stimulate the city’s economy. He was a man of the people. Not only is that a politician to respect, but whose example I live by, and will do so on the Council.

 

Where do you see DC in 10 years?  Will it still be the same?

As a global city, we have a responsibility to develop and to maintain our place at the forefront of the dialogue around creative economies.


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