As we get closer to the April 3 election it is clear that the residents of the District of Columbia are ready for a new at-large councilmember.
A recent poll shows that less than one third of voters think our opponent should be re-elected. Voters know the same thing Sekou has been saying on the trail – we can do better than the councilmember we have right now. While this is great news for Sekou, we cannot use this news as a reason to rest.
Now is the time to make sure that the voters will choose Sekou Biddle as their next at-large councilmember. To support the campaign join us at one of the events below, sign up to volunteer, or contribute today. Also don’t forget to like Sekou on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter, @Biddle2012, to get regular updates from the campaign.
Biddle 2012 Supporter Social Happy Hour
Join us at the next supporter social happy hour! On Friday, March 9 Sekou will talk with campaign supporters about the road to victory on April 3 and how they can get involved. Supporters will have the opportunity to donate, sign up to volunteer and pick up a yard sign.
This is a great opportunity for you to introduce your friends to Sekou and his campaign. Bring them along so they can find out more about why you support Sekou’s campaign to become the next at-large councilmember.
Friday, March 9, 6-8:00 pm
Sova Espresso and Wine Bar
1359 H Street, NE
Support Sekou at Candidate Forums
Come out and support Sekou as he debates the issues with his opponents at candidate forums across the city.
Tuesday March 6, 6:30 pm
Takoma Education Association Candidates Forum
Takoma Park Baptist Church
645 Aspen Street, NW
Thursday March 8, 11:00 am
Discuss DC WPFW Radio Debate
Listen on 89.3 FM or wpfw.org
Walk with Sekou
Sekou is out every weekend and most afternoons and evenings talking to voters on their front steps. We need people to walk with Sekou and increase the number of voters we reach every day. Sign up to walk with Sekou at www.sekoubiddle.org by becoming a volunteer with the campaign.Read More..
Election Day is only six weeks from today! Have you added it to your calendar yet? (link to facebook event) http://www.facebook.com/events/279483338785317/ Sekou is out in the community every day reaching out to voters but he can’t win this election on his hard work alone. Will you join him? Below are a number of ways to get involved in the campaign. Sign up for one or more of them to help bring us to victory on April 3.
Greater Greater Washington
The great folks over at the blog Greater Greater Washington asked Sekou to let their readers know why he’s running. Read what Sekou wrote about ethics, education and affordable housing on their website (hyper link website to http://greatergreaterwashington.org/post/13701/biddle-ethics-education-and-affordable-housing-for-all/)
Come out and show your support for Sekou at this week’s candidate forums. We need folks to hand out stickers and literature and be audience members. If you can volunteer at either of these forums call or email Bill Brown at 202-271-3467 or firstname.lastname@example.orgRead More..
Election Day is Closer Than You Think
Washington, DC – Sekou Biddle, At-Large DC Council candidate in the April 3 election, will be the fourth name on the ballot. Today, the DC Board of Elections and Ethics held their ballot position lottery to determine the order that names will appear on the ballot for the At-Large race in the April 3 Democratic Primary. This is the first year that the primary election will be held in the spring in order to accommodate federal absentee ballot requirements.
“After years of voting in September primaries residents need remember that this election is rapidly approaching with fewer than eight weeks until the April 3 election day,” said Biddle. “For too long the Council has served themselves instead of the residents who elected them. I am committed to providing the ethical and responsive leadership that has been missing from our Council for too long. I ask residents to join my campaign and on April 3 in vote for the leadership we deserve in the District.”Read More..
Momentum continues to build for Sekou’s campaign and the endorsements are rolling in. Read about our latest endorsements and other campaign updates below.
Sekou Endorsed by DC Chapter of National Organization for Women
The DC Chapter of the National Organization for Women (DC NOW) endorsed Sekou this week. Susan Mottet said they chose to endorse Sekou because “Mr. Biddle has been a consistent and vocal supporter of equality for all District residents and we need his integrity back on the Council. Read more
DC Urban Moms and Dads Support Sekou
DC Urban Moms and Dads have endorsed Sekou’s campaign. Jeff Smith writes “Sekou Biddle combines a long track record of successful achievement in education and politics in the District of Columbia with a true commitment to cleaning up government. With a Council that has become little more than a joke due to ethics controversies, Biddle will help create a government in which DC residents can be proud.” Read more about why DC Urban Moms and Dads support Sekou on their website atdcurbanmom.com. Read moreRead More..
New Report Shows Increase in Child Poverty East of the River as Other Areas Improve
Washington, DC – Sekou Biddle, candidate for DC Council At-Large, called on the DC Council to focus on the city’s most vulnerable residents in response to today’s report from DC Action for Children showing an increase in child poverty in wards seven and eight.
For more information on Sekou Biddle and his campaign for councilmember at-large visit www.sekoubiddle.org. The complete ward data from DC Action for Children is available at www.dcactionforchildren.org.
Statement from Sekou Biddle on DC Action for Children Report:
“Today’s report from DC Action for Children makes it clear that we have not done enough to ensure that all residents, regardless of ward, income or political connections, are benefitting from the continued economic growth in our city. The fact that even more children are now living in poverty in Wards 7 and 8 shows that our elected leaders have lost sight of their duty to protect our most vulnerable residents, the children of the District of Columbia. These numbers are unacceptable for our nation’s capital and we must all recommit ourselves to tackling the root causes of child poverty such as poor education, unemployment, and the high cost of housing in the District.
While my opponent has been voting against small businesses and holding hearings on boxing matches, I have been hearing from residents from across the District about the lack of faith they have in our elected leaders. DC Action for Children’s report makes it clear that this crisis of faith is not misplaced. It is time for our Council to get back to work and focus on improving the lives of all of our residents, not just campaign donors and political friends.”Read More..
Washington, DC – Sekou Biddle, candidate for DC Council At-Large in the April 3 primary, has been endorsed by the DC Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW).
“I am honored by DC NOW’s endorsement,” said Biddle. “I look forward to working with them to ensure that all residents regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, income or political connections are fairly represented and served by the District of Columbia Government.”Read More..
Washington, DC – Sekou Biddle, candidate for DC Council At-Large is calling on Councilmember Vincent Orange to vote with small businesses in the District instead of caving to his special interest donors during today’s Council session. Today the Council expects to vote on the Retail Service Station Amendment Act of 2011, commonly known as the “Jobber Bill.” The bill would prevent gasoline distributors from owning and operating gas stations in the District, currently distributors have an unfair advantage over independent gas station operators by controlling the entire supply chainRead More..
2nd Campaign Filing Shows More Donors than Any Other At- Large Candidate
Washington, DC –Sekou Biddle’s campaign for at-large councilmember continues to gain momentum as the April 3 primary nears. The second period fundraising reports released late last night show that Biddle’s support across the District of Columbia is broader and stronger in the District than any of the other at-large candidates.
Broad Grassroots Support – Biddle’s campaign had one and a half times as many donors as either of his opponents. The large number of small contributions to Biddle’s campaign throughout the District of Columbia is additional proof that this race is supported by regular, hardworking people who want a councilmember that will represent the interests of DC residents, not corporations, or those who live outside the District.
Local Support – More of Biddle’s donors are from the District of Columbia than any other candidate. In the case of Biddle and Peter Shapiro, Biddle had more than twice the number of donors from the District of Columbia than Shapiro did. Over 80 percent of Biddle’s donors live in the District of Columbia. Nearly half of Shapiro’s donors live outside the District of Columbia as well as almost one-third of Vincent Orange’s donors.
People Not Corporations – Biddle was the only at-large candidate to stand with the founders of the DC Campaign for Public Trust as they announced their intention to get corporate money out of DC elections. Corporate contributions do not have an individual name tied to them and allow wealthy people with multiple corporate interests to skirt the campaign finance laws regarding maximum contributions. The overwhelming majority, 95 percent of all of Biddle’s contributors, come from individuals, not corporate accounts. However, almost one-third, of Orange’s donations came from corporations.Read More..
Will you join me in supporting Sekou Biddle’s campaign to become the next Councilmember At-Large?
I am sure that like me, many of you are dismayed by the state of the DC Council and it’s ongoing leadership crisis. It is clear to me that we need new representation on the Council if we are going to make progress on pressing issues such as ethics reform, youth engagement and job creation. I believe that Sekou Biddle is the right person to bring accountability back to the Council.Read More..
2nd Campaign Filing Shows More Donors than Any Other At- Large Candidate
Washington, DC –Sekou Biddle’s campaign for at-large councilmember continues to gain momentum as the April 3 primary nears.The second period fundraising reports released late last night show that Biddle’s support across the District of Columbia is broader and stronger in the District than any of the other at-large candidates.
Broad Grassroots Support – Biddle’s campaign had one and a half times as many donors as either of his opponents.The large number of small contributions to Biddle’s campaign throughout the District of Columbia is additional proof that this race is supported by regular, hardworking people who want a councilmember that will represent the interests of DC residents, not corporations, or those who live outside the District.
Local Support – More of Biddle’s donors are from the District of Columbia than any other candidate. In the case of Biddle and Peter Shapiro, Biddle had more than twice the number of donors from the District of Columbia than Shapiro did. Over 80 percent of Biddle’s donors live in the District of Columbia. Nearly half of Shapiro’s donors live outside the District of Columbia as well as almost one-third of Vincent Orange’s donors.Read More..