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Whether you’ve lived here for three months, three years, or three decades, I am committed to representing you and your neighbors on the D.C. Council.

I have nearly a decade of experience representing Ward 2 residents as a community leader, and I am proud to be known as a bridge builder among the many different constituencies that make up our ward.

Anchored by a deep understanding of how to make the D.C. government work for people, I have forged strong relationships rooted in all communities in the ward, and I’m especially dedicated to making housing more affordable, making your commute safer and more efficient, fostering strong neighborhood schools, and delivering personalized constituent service to resolve your individual needs with the District government.

When I came to Washington, I was determined to make an impact on the national scene but was quickly drawn to the sense of community and tangible impact that you can have working on a local level. 

I started the D.C. Students Speak chapter at George Washington University to get college students more involved in local government, and was elected to the Foggy Bottom Advisory Neighborhood Commission in 2012. I was honored to be elected Chair of the Commission by my colleagues from 2014 to 2017, and I still serve on the Commission today. There is no greater satisfaction to me than bringing neighbors together to get things done, even and especially around tough issues.

When Francis-Stevens was facing closure, I worked with parents, teachers, and neighbors in support of a plan to get the community invested in this great resource and facilitate a merger with School Without Walls High School. The result was a turnaround: a school on the verge of closing is now a thriving community with rising test scores and a wait list of more than 900. That’s the type of success story I’m passionate about scaling to all schools in the ward, and across the District.

When George Washington University Hospital was pursuing a helipad, I worked with the hospital and neighbors to facilitate the construction of a facility that will save lives, making sure that local issues and residential quality of life impacts were mitigated so that we could reach an amicable solution with real benefits to the entire city.

When street changes were being considered in Foggy Bottom and Dupont Circle, I worked with neighbors, bicyclists, and advocates to facilitate a compromise solution that will create a shovel-ready Protected Bike Lane for nearly the entire length of Ward 2.

The common thread? Inclusivity and accomplishment. I have fought with and for the people of Ward 2 on the neighborhood level, and I’m prepared to take that work to the next level by representing you on Council.  

Above all, you deserve open, honest, and accountable government. That starts with how I’m running my campaign, and that’s why I was the first candidate to participate in D.C.’s Fair Elections Program restricting contributions to $50 from individuals – no corporations, no PACs, and no large donors.

I look forward to getting to know you during the course of this campaign, and if you have any questions or ideas, please feel free to contact me directly. I would love to hear from you.

Patrick Kennedy

Patrick Kennedy

 

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Ward 2 includes Burleith, Downtown, Dupont Circle, Foggy Bottom, Georgetown, Hillandale, Logan Circle, Penn Quarter, Shaw, Sheridan-Kalorama, and West End.


Fair Elections Program

The Fair Elections Program is D.C.’s public election financing system designed to level the playing field and remove the influence of special interests. Patrick was the first candidate to participate in it, and he will only be accepting contributions from individuals–which are limited to $50.

All D.C. residents who give $5 or more will have their contributions matched at a 5 to 1 rate, so if you donate $50, it will be matched with $250, making your total contribution effectively $300. Residents outside the District may also give up to $50, but contributions will not be matched.

Your contribution helps us get the word out about our campaign and our vision for a more open, honest, inclusive and accountable D.C. government. Please contribute here.