2020 Questionnaire

In order to inform our membership and raise issues that are important to young residents of the District, DCYD asked Democratic candidates to complete this questionnaire and provide a video.

Congressional Seat

Eleanor Holmes Norton

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, now in her fifteenth term as the Congresswoman for the District of Columbia, is the Chair of the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit. She serves on two committees: the Committee on Oversight and Reform and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

United States Shadow Senator

Paul Strauss

He is seeking re-election to the position of United States Senator for Washington D.C. His priority for the District has always been the achievement of D.C Statehood, as it is the only way for his constituents to be equal citizens of the United States, and have the representation we have always been promised.


Robert C. White, Jr.

Robert C. White, Jr. is an At-Large Member of the Council of the District of Columbia, Chair of the Committee on Facilities and Procurement, and Chair of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ Board of Directors.

Ward 2

Jack Evans

A life-long member of the Democratic Party, Jack represented Ward 2 of Washington, DC from May 1991 to January 2020, making him the DC Council’s longest-serving lawmaker.

Yilin Zhang

She is a first-generation Asian American. She is running for DC Council because she believes everyone should have a voice that is heard in our democracy.

Jordan Grossman

Jordan Grossman is a fifth generation DC resident and former Obama Administration, Capitol Hill, DC federal district court, and DC Medicaid official.

Brooke Pinto

Brooke Pinto is a passionate lawyer who has the business, tax, and city-wide legislative experience to ensure our city recovers from the COVID-19 crisis. Prior to announcing her candidacy for the Ward 2 DC Council seat, she worked hand in hand with DC Attorney General Karl Racine as the Assistant Attorney General for Policy and Legislative Affairs.

Patrick Kennedy

Patrick Kennedy, 28, is a community leader running for Ward 2 councilmember who brings nearly a decade’s worth of experience in his campaign, yet would still be the youngest councilmember ever elected.

Kishan Putta

Over the last decade, Kishan Putta has been elected as a commissioner in two different neighborhoods of Ward 2 - Dupont Circle and Georgetown. Through his role on the DC Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Affairs, Kishan pushed for better cultural competency and hate crime awareness and training in the Metropolitan Police Department.

Ward 4

Brandon Todd

A third-generation Washingtonian, he was inspired by two loving, tenacious women: An entrepreneurial mother who ran a small business, and his grandmother, whose background in higher education instilled in him a commitment to lifelong public service.

Marlena D. Edwards

Marlena D. Edwards is a passionate community activist, who is committed to social justice, education, health care and economic development.  She is a native Washington, lifelong resident of Ward 4, received a B.S. in Mass Communication from Towson University, and worked in the private sector, highlighted by her work on the Middle East Peace Talks.

Ward 7

Kelvin Brown

Kelvin Brown is a Hillcrest resident who served honorably in the US Army for nearly ten years and was deployed on three tours of duty, leading to a promotion to the rank of Sergeant. After his enlistment ended Kelvin became a highly effective high school teacher, teaching Algebra I and Geometry.

Veda Rasheed

Veda Rasheed is a native Washingtonian, proudly from Ward 7. She was raised in River Terrace and has spent a decade in community service as a fearless advocate, organizer and coalition builder for her neighbors.

Vincent C. Gray

He is seeking re-election as the Ward 7 Councilmember. He is a lifelong Washingtonian. Growing up he had very little, but his parents worked hard and taught him to do the same. Education and community were values that underpinned his upbringing. His entire career has been in service to others.

Ward 8

Yaida Ford

She is seeking the office of Councilmember, Ward 8. As a practicing civil rights attorney, she's spent her professional career addressing disparities and inequities in treatment for those who frequently do not have the resources to navigate the systems that run our country and effectively advocate for themselves.

Trayon White

In addition to being a father and a community leader, Councilmember White is a proud graduate of Ballou Senior High School, and lifelong resident of Ward 8. Councilmember White obtained a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at University of Maryland Eastern Shore and is currently a law student.

Stuart Anderson

Stuart Anderson, is a native Washingtonian, loving father and grandfather. With the slogan, "One Aim One Mission One Ward," Stuart seeks to diligently represent and empower all the residents of Ward 8.

Frederick Hill III

Frederick Hill III has been a Ward 8 resident for over 30 yrs. He is married to Renita Hill; they have two daughters and three grandchildren. He has been actively involved in supporting the residents of Ward 8 for over 20 years. His campaign slogan is “Together we become the change of our future”

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