MEET WILL

Growing up in the de-industrializing Midwest, everyone lived with anxiety about the future. Layoffs happened constantly and jobs didn’t come back. A lot of people around me struggled, but they taught me that fighting back, even against all odds, is a form of dignity. So when I got older I joined the fight, becoming a Legal Aid attorney to defend people against eviction. At the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, I found that same fighting spirit and relentless dignity in the tenant associations I represented in DC.

 

When the Congress Heights case began, I saw right away that a small group of people were not going to be pushed around by a powerful developer. I was in complete solidarity with them for the entire ugly fight. We fought in the streets, in the courts, at the Zoning Commission, and in the press. Ten families endured horrific living conditions for years. It took seven years to convince elected officials to side with tenants instead of their politically-connected developer. 

 

Hundreds of cases like Congress Heights are happening all over the District. If we’re going to win these fights, we need to win elections. The government shouldn’t be on the side of developers or union breakers, and advocates and elected leaders shouldn’t be compromising for them. We need leaders who will fight tooth-and-nail to ensure that public money and public power are used for the public good. I hope you’ll vote for me for DC Council At-Large on November 3rd. 

As a community-powered campaign, Will’s candidacy for the at-large Council seat (running in the General Election on November 3, 2020) is a step taken in solidarity with a multitude of community leaders, organizers, and activists who are seeking to promote their economic interests in the political arena of the District of Columbia, which has long taken its cues from the profit-driven, private developers.

This campaign represents a departure from the status-quo in one of the wealthiest cities in the nation, with the highest intensity of gentrification. Will’s community ties make him a unique and necessary choice in the 2020 election cycle for D.C. voters who believe the District should protect, preserve, and further equity and affordability for the many, rather than the few.