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THE WARD 6 DEMS

Our mission is to build a community across the diverse neighborhoods of Ward 6 to elect Democratic party candidates, educate voters, support Democratic party ideals and principles, and achieve equal representation for our residents through DC Statehood.

OUR MISSION

HOW DO WE DO THAT?

  • Hosting educational events with local elected officials and
    community leaders
     

  • Sharing Democratic party and Ward 6 community information and resources through our bi-weekly e-newsletter, our website, and our social media platforms
     

  • Engaging in GOTV efforts inside and outside DC
     

  • Campaigning for Democratic nominees inside and outside DC
     

  • Developing community leaders through the Young Dems of Ward 6 and other volunteer opportunities within the Democratic party and the local community
     

  • Collaborating with Democratic party organizations like the DC DSC and the DC High School Democrats
     

  • Supporting the work of community groups like Serve Your City/the Ward 6 Mutual Aid Network and the NoMa/H Street Civic Association
     

  • Promoting the work of Free DC, DC Vote, Neighbors United for Statehood, and 51 for 51
     

  • Fundraising to support all these efforts

 

OUR OFFICERS

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ELIZABETH WEAVER ENGEL, PRESIDENT

  • 20-year resident of Near Northeast, Ward 6
     

  • Co-Editor, Ward 6 Dems Newsletter
     

  • Volunteer coordinator, Ward 6 Democrats
     

  • Board member and tutor at Reading Partners, an early literacy intervention nonprofit
     

  • Founded consulting firm in 2012 advising nonprofit membership associations
     

  • Professional work in non-profits since 1997

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DORINDA WHITE, 1ST VICE PRESIDENT

  • Committeewoman, DC Democratic Party; Member of DC Democratic Party Communications Committee

  • Executive Board Member/Treasurer, National Federation of Democratic Women 2021-2023

  • Immediate Past President, DC Federation of Democratic Women 2019-2021

  • Temporary Rules Committee Member, 2020 DNC Convention 

  • Public Affairs Officer, D.C. Government Agency

  • Ward 6 Southwest Waterfront Resident

  • Member, SW Waterfront Park Design Charrette Group and former President, The View at Waterfront Tenants Association

  • Former Communications Director/Senior Legislative Aide for U.S. Congresswoman

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MATT LAFORTUNE, 2ND VICE PRESIDENT

  • Hill East resident

  • Add-On Committeeman, DC Democratic State Committee

  • Political Advocacy Chair, DC Young Democrats

  • GOTV Lead, Ward 6 Democrats
     

  • Campaign Manager and Field Director in Indiana, Maryland, and New York
     

  • Ward Captain, Robert White for DC Council (2020)
     

  • DC Statehood advocate

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REGINE CHARLES-BOWSER, SECRETARY

  • Community Development Planner, Facilities Architect in Airport Construction and a participating member of Ward 6 Dems

  • Completed community development and airport planning projects at local, national and international levels

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MARCI HILT, TREASURER 

  • Resident of Ward 6 since 1982
     

  • Co-Editor, Ward 6 Dems Newsletter
     

  • Former Press Secretary for Agriculture, Office of the Trade Representative
     

  • Former Press Secretary for the Deputy Secretary of Agriculture
     

  • Former President, National Association of Government Communicators

  • Editor, EMMCA MATTERS, Newsletter of the Eastern Market Metro Community Assoc (EMMCA)

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K. O'REGAN, OUTREACH DIRECTOR

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ETHAN VAN NESS, PARLIAMENTARIAN

  • Hill East resident

  • Chair - Ward 6 Democrats Rules Committee

  • Chair - Ward 6 Democrats Events Committee

  • Co-founder - Young Dems of Ward 6 

  • Chair - Washington Urban Debate League Advisory Board

  • Congressional policy and committee staff

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FRANK AVERY, YOUNG DEMS OF WARD 6 CHAIR

  • Capitol Hill resident 

  • National workforce and higher education programs expert for universities and Fortune 500 firms 

  • Passionate about building mentorship, professional development, and leadership opportunities for young professionals

  • Past communications consultant for local campaigns in Florida and South Carolina