On March 1 Let’s Choose DC released the results of the At-large City Council race for week 7 in their self-titled online debate forum.
Let’s Choose DC also announced that John Settles is no longer on the ballot after a signature challenge left him below the necessary threshold, leaving seven viable candidates running for the seat vacated by Phil Mendelson.
Anita Bonds did not respond to Question 8, so six candidate responses were rated.
Every week for the past eight weeks, Let’s Choose DC has posed practical and ethical questions to the candidates and then posted their responses online.
Once posted, registered voters city-wide may cast their online ratings for any or all of the candidates.
Last week they asked,
‘Below are a set of (six) proposals for ethics reform which some have advocated in recent years. For each, would you vote for or against?
‘Further, you can explain any position in more detail if you wish and offer any additional ethics measures you would advocate for.’
See last week’s article, Last chance to ‘Choose DC’ for the six proposals in detail.
Read the candidates responses from Michael Brown, Matt Frumin, Pat Mara, Perry Redd, Elissa Silverman and Paul Zukerberg.
See the voter results and ratings of Question 7 here.
This week, they asked the candidates about their views on school truancy and David Catania’s proposal to bring criminal charges against parents whose children are chronically truant.
This week Question 8 asks the candidates:
‘Last year DC Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson said that DC schools are suffering from a “truancy crisis.”
‘The DC Council is now debating a bill that would increase penalties on parents for kids who chronically miss school.
‘Should parents be held to account for when their kids miss school? How can DC ensure that students attend school consistently?’
The web site was conceived and developed by David Alpert, the founder and editor-in-chief of Greater Greater Washington.
Greater Greater Washington, DCist, and PoPville, formerly known as ‘Prince of Petworth,’ are partners in Let’s Choose DC.
Let’s Choose DC writes,
‘If you haven’t yet voted on the candidates’ responses, please vote now!’