DCist: Record Vs. Reform: D.C. Council Chair Candidates Square Off In First Debate

Story and photo by Martin Austermuhle

The two candidates for the D.C. Council’s top job went head to head on Wednesday night in their first debate of the campaign season, with incumbent Phil Mendelson offering up his long record in the legislature as a selling point while challenger Erin Palmer arguing that new — and more progressive — energy is needed to confront the city’s challenges.

“COVID-19 has highlighted the deep disparities in our city, but these disparities are not new. Every map of D.C. is the same, the result of decades of chronic disinvestment in many of our neighbors, including those east of the river. D.C. is rich in resources and we deserve a government that works for all of us. We need new energy, vision and compassion to make a resilient city,” she said.