Dupont Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Mike Silverstein, the longest-serving ANC in Ward 2 and a longtime leader in the LGBTQ community, wrote an op-ed in the Washington Blade about why he’s backing Patrick’s campaign for councilmember.
In a city of talkers, Patrick is a listener. In a city of too many self-promoters, Patrick is self-effacing. Above all, in a city too often divided, Patrick is a uniter. Whether he agrees with you or not, he will treat you with respect. He will give your argument fair consideration, take it into account, and sometimes he might even change his mind.
I first met Patrick in November 2012, days after he was first elected ANC Commissioner and before he was sworn in. D.C. Public Schools had just announced plans to close Francis-Stevens Educational Campus, and this 21-year-old GW undergrad became involved in the successful effort to save the school, quickly becoming part of our leadership team. Today, FSEC is School Without Walls at Francis-Stevens, and is a DCPS success story with a waiting list of more than 900.
Patrick’s leadership on contentious issues such as GW Hospital’s application to build a helipad and plans for a protected bike lane on 21st Street has been nothing short of remarkable. Both issues had turned neighbor against neighbor, and yet Patrick Kennedy managed to find consensus, and, in the end, he gained the respect of everyone.
Read the full piece in the Washington Blade.