Washington Post: Erin Palmer announces run to become D.C. Council chairwoman

Story by Michael Brice-Saddler, photo by Salwan Georges

Erin Palmer, an advisory neighborhood commissioner in Ward 4, announced she is running to become chairwoman of the D.C. Council.

Palmer, an ethics lawyer who has served as an ANC commissioner in the Takoma neighborhood since 2018, said in a news release Saturday that she hopes to bring a “new energy and vision” to the council with a focus on oversight, accountability and improving services.

She will challenge incumbent D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson for the Democratic nomination in 2022.

“I’ve seen first hand the disparities in government services, the lack of government accountability, and the struggles we’ve faced in supporting all our neighbors during the covid-19 pandemic,” Palmer said. “We need new leadership to rise to the challenges facing our city.”