Story and photo by Martin Austermuhle
On a blustery day in mid-February, Erin Palmer and a small group of campaign volunteers set off on a neighborhood walk in Ward 7. Led by Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Anthony Lorenzo Green, the group slowly made its way up Division Avenue NE, discussing nearby challenges ranging from cars driving too fast down residential streets to local parks and playground that were falling into disrepair.
This is Palmer’s comfort zone; she’s a Ward 4 Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner herself, a member of the corps of elected officials across D.C. whose portfolio covers the nitty-gritty of daily life, everything from pushing for speed humps to fighting bar owners over operating hours and noise. But it’s many of those very hyper-local issues that are animating Palmer’s run for a much bigger office: D.C. Council Chairperson.