Fellow Ward 6 Democrats,
Thanks to everyone who turned out Friday night to watch the Democratic debate with us and the state committee at Busboys & Poets. Check out photos from the event below.
There are two more big opportunities coming up to #ShowUp4DC and for DC Democrats: the Washington DC Admission Act House markup and VOTE, which takes place Tuesday, February 11, and the upcoming state convention, Saturday, April 18. We need at least 80 delegates from Ward 6. The only requirement is that you be a registered Democrat living in Ward 6 who's willing to serve. Details below.
President, Ward 6 Democrats
#DemDebate8 - Friday, Feb. 7
Approximately 80 of your fellow Democrats, including volunteers from many of the campaigns, joined us and the DC Democratic State Committee at Busboys & Poets on Friday night to watch the eighth debate. DC DSC Chair Charles Wilson welcomed the crowd, and our own Ward 6 Dems President, Chuck Burger, reviewed some of the details of the upcoming state convention. One of our shadow Senators, Paul Strauss, joined us as well. Thanks to everyone who came out.
#ShowUp4DC - Tuesday, Feb. 11
We know this is short notice, but H.R. 51, the Washington, DC Admission Act, will be marked up and VOTED ON starting at 10:00 a.m. TOMORROW in the House Rayburn building, room 2154, and we need supporters of DC Statehood to #ShowUp4DC and pack the room(s) once again, like we did for the hearing in September.
For more information, visit https://www.showup4dc.com. We hope to see MANY, MANY Ward 6 statehood advocates there.
Call for Delegates to the State Convention
We need you to represent Ward 6 at our state convention, Saturday, April 18 at the Walter E Washington Convention Center (801 Mount Vernon Place NW). As a member of the Ward 6 delegation, you will be responsible for helping to shape the 2020 Democratic Party platform, choose our 2020 Party policies, and select our 2020 Party nominee for president. To serve, you must be a registered Democrat living in Ward 6. Apply at https://www.ward6dems.org/2020_dc_democratic_state_convention. Questions? Contact Chuck Burger at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202.258.5316.
Local Presidential Candidate Events
DC is so reliably Democratic, and our electoral college allocation is so small, that we don't tend to draw a lot of attention from presidential candidates. But Virginia does, and there are still volunteer opportunities both in DC and in NoVA to support your favorite candidate(s). We're put together a handy guide, by candidate, to local opportunities, at https://www.ward6dems.org/upcoming_presidential_candidate_event.
Indivisible Waterfront Update
Women of Ward 6 Sharon Ambrose (1939 – 2017)
February’s Woman of Ward 6 is Sharon Ambrose, a no-nonsense proponent of economic development projects, such as the construction of Nationals Park, when she served as Ward 6’s Councilmember for ten years on the DC Council.
The Ward 6 Democrats are recognizing and honoring Ward 6 women who have made significant contributions to better our community for the 2020 anniversary of the 19th Amendment.
Ambrose was a 50-year resident of Capitol Hill and she fashioned herself as an all-American, “baked potato” politician in the tumultuous final years of “Mayor for Life” Marion Barry’s tenure at City Hall.
When she first took office as Ward 6’s Councilmember in 1997, the city was struggling back from insolvency, its financial management overseen by a federally appointed control board that – until it was disbanded in 2001 – exercised more power than the City Council.
She rose to become head of the Council’s committee on economic development, opposing projects she saw as unreasonably expensive, while successfully pressing for a range of major developments in Ward 6. She helped spearhead new restaurant and business development near the Navy Yard and Eastern Market and successfully lobbied for the Washington Nationals to locate their ballpark in a formerly industrial section of the waterfront. She was instrumental in passing legislation that established a governing structure and secured dollars in the budget for Eastern Market.
The Washington Post’s editorial board wrote that “The city made its way back from fiscal ruin during her service,” at her retirement. She “helped put an end to the image of the DC Council as a refuge for small-bore politicians given to going off half-cocked on marginal issues.”
Sharon Connelly was born in Chicago on Sept. 3, 1939. The eldest of three, she grew up in the Irish neighborhood of Englewood. “In our house,” her brother Terry Connelly told the Washington Post, “the order of respect was God, the Pope, the Cardinal, and Mayor Dick Daley.”
She graduated in 1961 from what was then Saint Xavier College, a Catholic women’s school in Chicago, with a bachelor’s degree in English. She moved to the DC area four years later with her husband, Michael Ambrose.
Soon after moving to Capitol Hill, she and her husband became concerned with neighborhood issues, including gentrification. She became involved in her children’s new schools and was involved in founding the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. She was a teacher and a PTA leader before working as an aide to Democratic Councilmembers Betty Ann Kane and John Ray.
“I think the first political experience I ever had was campaigning with my grandfather, door to door, for Adlai Stevenson,” she said in a 2013 interview for the Ruth Ann Overbeck Capitol Hill History Project.
Council Chair Phil Mendelson described her as “one of the best Councilmembers, if not the best. She knew how to thread the needle on difficult issues. She was both compromising and uncompromising, recognizing the value of reaching a solution, but holding then firm to her positions.” He told the Hill Rag, “I learned from her example.”
After retirement from the Council, she continued to play a role in DC politics through work with the successful campaigns of Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen, At-Large Councilmember Elissa Silverman, and At-Large Councilmember David Grosso. She helped put together the land deals and financing that resulted in the renovation of the Old Naval Hospital, now known as the Hill Center.
“The Ward 6 that we see today is the fruition of all of Sharon Ambrose’s painstaking work,” said former ANC Commissioner Ken Jarboe.
About the initiative: The Women of Ward 6 Initiative is a non-profit recognition of Ward 6’s women. The initiative, in partnership with the National Woman’s Party, Capitol Hill Restoration Society and the Hill Rag will culminate in the 2020 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.