Save the Date! Ward 6 Dems Biennial Convention and Officer Elections - Saturday, July 17
The Ward 6 Democrats biennial convention and officer elections will take place Saturday, June 17, starting at 10:00 a.m.
The event will feature a welcome from our president, a special guest speaker, and, of course, the elections.
We are still working on a location, so details to follow.
Information on the open positions and what you need to know to run follows below.
Ward 6 Dems Elections: How to Run
On Saturday, July 17, we will be electing the following Ward positions:
First Vice President
Second Vice President
We will also be holding a special election for our open Ward 6 committeewoman position to the DC Democratic State Committee.
In order to run, please submit the following items no later than Saturday, July 3:
Brief biographical statement
Written candidacy statement
Candidacy video (no longer than two minutes)
Submit your candidacy support documents to email@example.com. They will be posted on our website in the order they are received.
For more information, see our constitution and bylaws.
Still have questions? Contact Ethan Van Ness, the Ward 6 Dems parliamentarian and the chair of our Rules Committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Matt LaFortune: Second Vice President
Biographical Statement: Matt is a strategy consultant, former campaign manager, and active member of the Ward 6 Dems and DC Democratic Party. Over the past few years, he has worked with leaders across the District to engage voters and advocate for DC Statehood.
Candidacy Statement: I'm running for Second Vice President with a slate of experienced Ward 6 activists (Ward 6 United) to build on the progress that this organization made to engage the community and represent the whole ward. As GOTV lead since 2019, I have organized volunteer efforts to turn out voters in swing districts in Virginia and across the country in support of strong Democrats who support DC Statehood. Last year, 20+ volunteers contributed to writing more than 2,000 postcards and I know we can do even better over the next two years.
Interest in national elections is a great way to get new Ward 6 residents involved locally. I'm proud of the progress we've made to bring new people into the fold through our GOTV work and of the Young Democrats of Ward 6 group that I helped to found earlier this year. By continually refreshing our party with new talent and energy, we will continue to demonstrate our role as the way to get involved with the Democratic Party in Ward 6.
In addition to my work with the Ward 6 Dems, I led Councilmember Robert White's voter outreach in our ward last year and am an elected member of the DC Democratic State Committee. As the other members of the Ward 6 United slate and others throughout the District can testify, I'm here to do the work. I pledge to continue in these efforts as your 2nd VP.
Elizabeth Engel: President
Biographical Statement: Elizabeth has lived in DC for 24 years, 20 of them in Ward 6’s Near Northeast neighborhood. She’s been in the nonprofit sector her entire career, and for the past nine years, she has run her own small business providing consulting services to nonprofit membership associations. In addition to her volunteer work with the Ward 6 Dems, she also volunteers in the community (NoMa/H Street Civic Association, tutor and board member with Reading Partners), is active with the DC Statehood movement, and has volunteered for many Democratic campaigns both inside and outside DC.
Candidacy Statement: I am running for president of the Ward 6 Democrats, heading up the Ward 6 United slate.
I’ve been an active volunteer with the Ward 6 Dems since 2016. In 2017, I started producing our bi-weekly newsletter and assumed responsibility for volunteer orientation. If you’ve ever raised your hand to volunteer with us, you’ve heard from me, welcoming you and sharing whichever opportunities are current. In 2019, I was officially elected to the 2nd Vice President position.
In the past six years, I’ve worked with our events committee to put on our highly successful debates and candidate forums for local DC elections in 2018 and 2020. I’ve worked closely with Matt LaFortune and Andria Thomas on our GOTV efforts, which Matt has described in more detail above. I’ve worked closely with Marci Hilt on fundraising and on our efforts honoring the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, including our highly visible presence at the 2019 Barracks Row Independence Day parade.
I’m proud of what the Ward 6 Dems have accomplished under Chuck Burger’s leadership these last several years. Our membership is growing, as is our community of active volunteers. We’re in a sound financial position. This spring, I managed the volunteer group that launched our beautiful, refreshed website. The new site is more visually oriented, more engaging, more focused, and easier to navigate. During the pandemic, we successfully launched the Young Dems of Ward 6, thanks to the volunteer efforts of Matt, Frank Avery, and Ethan Van Ness, among others. We moved quickly to shift to video conferencing so we could continue our popular salon conversation series. We’ve got an effective social media team that, under the leadership of Katarina O’Regan, is growing our audience and impact daily.
I’m honored to be leading the Ward 6 United slate – myself, Dorinda White for 1st Vice President, Matt LaFortune for 2nd Vice President, and Regine Charles-Bowser for Secretary. Although we’re sad that Chuck is stepping down as chair, I think our slate combines the energy and experience that will allow us to continue and build on our success.
Our slate has had extensive conversations about our vision for the Ward 6 Dems in the coming months and years. We want to be an organization that represents the full diversity of our Ward - certainly categories like race, gender, and sexual orientation, but also our many unique neighborhoods that touch all four quadrants of DC, our large, vibrant community of seniors, our families with young children, the idealistic young Democrats who move to Ward 6 to work on the Hill, life-long residents and newcomers alike – and provides a home for everyone. We are Ward 6 United and we (and I) are asking for your vote.