Erin Palmer is first candidate for Council Chair to qualify for Fair Elections funding

October 4, 2021, Takoma, DC – Erin Palmer announced her campaign for DC Council Chairwoman crossed the threshold for certification for the Fair Elections program within a week of launching. Erin is the first person to ever meet the program requirements for a Council Chair race.

“The Fair Elections program has made it possible for me – a mom with no ties to corporate donors or lobbyists – to run,” said Erin, Democrat for DC Council Chairwoman. “I am deeply thankful for the outpouring of support so early on in my campaign, and I can’t wait to continue engaging with communities across the District. This is just the beginning of our work to build a brighter, more resilient future for DC, and I will work harder than anyone to make that a reality.”

Under DC’s Fair Elections program, qualifying candidates pledge to accept contributions only from individuals – not corporations or their political action committees. The voluntary program encourages greater civic participation in local elections and amplifies the voices of residents by matching qualified small dollar contributions. To qualify for the program in the race for DC Council Chair, candidates must receive at least $15,000 in donations from a minimum of 300 DC residents.

As of Monday, October 4, Erin’s campaign has received donations from 344 supporters, including from all eight wards, totaling $27,976. The first Report of Receipts and Expenditures filing will be submitted to the Office of Campaign Finance by the Tuesday, October 12, deadline.

“I’ve dedicated my professional career to government accountability, and I will bring this experience to the Council,” said Erin. “As Chairwoman, I will focus on greater accountability, stronger ethics, and increased oversight – starting with how I fund my campaign. DC residents and families will always be my top priority, and I’m committed to hearing from, serving, and being accountable to you, now and once I’m elected to the Council.” 

Meet Erin

I’m Erin Palmer, a mom to three wonderful children, an ethics lawyer, and a dedicated public servant. As an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner in Ward 4, I work with my neighbors on issues that affect our everyday lives – things like traffic safety, high-quality schools, and better public transportation. I’m running to be DC Council Chairwoman to bring new energy and vision to the DC Council.