Special Edition Convention Results

Fellow Ward 6 Democrats,

Thank you to everyone who turned out for our biennial convention on Saturday. We achieved quorum and were able to start the business portion of the meeting by 10:17 a.m. (our goal was to start at 10:15 a.m.). A fuller recap of the meeting is below. I hope you'll join me in congratulating our newly elected officers. Special thanks to the DC High School Democrats of America, who provided volunteers to check people in and assist with counting the ballots. 

We have another suffragist-style sash making night tomorrow night, and we're also looking for people to walk with us in the Barracks Row Independence Day parade. And mark your calendar for the DC Statehood hearing coming up on Wednesday, July 24. We need your help to pack the hearing room in the Rayburn building that day. 

Do you have a tip for us, or a news item you think we should share with the rest of the Ward 6 Democrats? Send it to our newsletter editor, Elizabeth Engel, at ewengel@yahoo.com.

Chuck Burger

President, Ward 6 Democrats

Summary of the Ward 6 Democrats Biennial Convention 

Chuck Burger kicked off the meeting with a welcome, a summary of recent Ward 6 Dems activities, and a preview of our events and plans for the coming months. He then welcomed our Ward 6 Council Member, Charles Allen, who spoke on GOTV efforts for the upcoming 2020 Presidential election, the DC Statehood hearing scheduled for July 24 (more information on that below), and the ongoing situation with Ward 2 Council Member Jack Evans. 

Parliamentarian Ethan Van Ness then led us through a brief review of the key changes in the bylaws, which were approved by voice vote. We then opened voting for our 2019-2021 officers. Voting continued until 1 p.m. A total of 53 ballots were cast. 

The results of the officer elections were:

  • President: Chuck Burger
  • First Vice-President: Dorinda White
  • Second Vice-President: Elizabeth Engel 
  • Secretary: Joel Sarfati

The following positions were appointed at the conclusion of the convention:

  • Treasurer: Marci Hilt
  • Parliamentarian: Ethan Van Ness
  • Outreach Director: Andria Thomas 

Ward 6 Democrats also considered a sense of the body question on Council Member Charles Allen's recent statement on Ward 2 council member Jack Evans. Support for Council Member Allen's statement passed overwhelmingly. 

Volunteer Opportunity: Suffragist-Style Sash-Making - Tuesday, June 25 

We are doing a second round of sash-making tomorrow night. Can you volunteer to help us?

The Ward 6 Dems will be walking in the Barracks Row July 4 parade this year. Because we'll be honoring the centennial of the passage of the 19th amendment, we'll be dressing in white and wearing suffragist-style sashes with messages such as Votes for Women, Pass the ERA, and Finish What They Started.

We need a few volunteers to help stencil letters on the ribbon for the sashes with appropriate slogans that also signify that there is still work to be done for women.

If you feel comfortable working with stencils and a fabric pen, we can use your help. We'll provide the ribbon, the stencils, and fabric pens. We have a white pen to help with any corrections. We plan to have 24 sashes total. We need to stencil ten more. We may also make some purple rose and yellow sunflower clip ons for us to wear in the parade. 

What: Suffragist Sash Stenciling

When: Tuesday, June 25, 6-8 p.m. 

Where: Coldwell Banker, 605 Pennsylvania Avenue SE

Please email Marci Hilt at marcihilt@aol.com if you can help, so she'll know who to expect.

Want to walk with us on the 4th? Email Marci, or just meet us under the Southeast freeway overpass just south of 8th and I SE at 9:30 a.m. that morning. 

Volunteer Opportunity: Show Up 4 DC - Wednesday, July 24

On Wednesday, July 24, there will be a historic hearing on H.R. 51, the Washington, DC Admission Act, which was introduced by our (non-voting) Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton on January 3, 2019, at the beginning of the 116th Congress. This act, which as of this writing has a record 213 co-sponsors in the House and 34 co-sponsors in the Senate, would, if passed, grant us statehood, no Constitutional changes required. 

The local statehood organizations have joined forces on the Show Up 4 DCcampaign to pack the hearing room (Rayburn House Office Building room 2154) with DC Statehood supporters. 

Learn what you can do to support this effort at https://www.showup4dc.com/details, and we hope to see you at the Rayburn building on July 24.