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Greater Greater Washington endorses Weaver

April 21, 2011

Today Greater Greater Washington endorsed Bryan for At-Large Councilmember in the upcoming special election on April 26.

“Next Tuesday, April 26th, voters in the District of Columbia will vote to fill the at-large council seat previously held by Chairman Kwame Brown. We strongly support Bryan Weaver to serve as the next at-large councilmember.”

Read the full endorsement here.

Greater Greater Washington is devoted to improving the vitality of Washington, DC and the walkable cities and neighborhoods in the Washington metropolitan area.

Washington City Paper endorses Weaver

April 21, 2011

 This week The Washington City Paper endorsed Bryan for the special At-Large Council race.

“He’s spent years working with—and for—at-risk kids… He’s demonstrated both a fierce commitment to fairness for all D.C. residents (he’d push for new tax brackets for high incomes, to help balance the city’s budget without putting most of the sacrifice on poorer residents) and a pragmatism that could keep him from being marginalized on the council”

Read the complete endorsement here.

Guest Post: Why I support Bryan Weaver

April 18, 2011

When I started volunteering with Team Weaver I hadn’t even met Bryan in person.

I live in Ward 1, and noticed his campaign during the September primary election.  I was impressed with his issue positions – the fact that he had them posted on his website at all, and that I agreed with so many of them.  I was impressed with the passion that came across in his statements, especially his commitment to youth leadership development, and his strong support of human and civil rights.  If you care about these issues and have not read his statement on LGBTQ rights, you really should.  I think it is fair to say that I was sold after a few minutes on Bryan’s website. 

I voted for Bryan in the primary election, but had learned about his campaign too late to really get involved.  As soon as I heard he was entering the at-large race in the special election, I began to volunteer.  I collected petition signatures – in the cold, in the rain, and up until the final hours the evening before they were due.  I attended a neighborhood forum to show my support, and still, had not even met Bryan. That really didn’t matter – what mattered was that I was completely confident, and still am, that Bryan is the best person for this job.

I’ve been making phone calls, knocking on doors, and showing my support at community forums.  I have since met Bryan, and continue to be just as impressed with him in person as I was “on paper.”  A few weeks ago Bryan joined my husband and I at a meet and greet for our friends and neighbors and we listened as he inspired a number of them to volunteer and to pledge their votes.  His passion was contagious as he spoke about education reform, youth employment, and of course transparency.

Bryan is a good guy, a genuine guy, and a guy who cares about this city, its young people – all of its people – and will do his very best to represent them well.  He is qualified, consistent, and trustworthy.  He is kind and respectful and funny. He is everything I want in a council member.  So if all of this sounds as good to you as it does to me, I urge you to join me in endorsing Bryan, in voting for Bryan, and in encouraging your friends and neighbors to do the same.

–Holly Aprea Gibbons, Ward One Resident

Guest Post: Why I drafted Bryan Weaver

April 15, 2011

My first encounter with Bryan was during the 2010 Democratic Primary, at a Ward 1 Council candidate forum. Before that time, all that I knew of Bryan was that he was an ANC commissioner who had small signs posted all over Ward 1. Being from Ward 3, a Ward 1 forum generally wouldn’t interest me; but I wanted to see who were the candidates that were confident enough to challenge the political machine that is Jim Graham.

Planning to run for political office myself, I wanted to hear what local politicians around the city had to say, and their different views on important topics that effect the District. Not hearing much of anything from politicians from other parts of the city, I came into the Ward 1 forum with low expectations. But to my surprise, one candidate stood out above the rest, and that was Bryan Weaver.

Every time Bryan gave an answer, I felt he gave great responses, but most importantly, his answers reflected the majority of the views that I had on the issues. After the Ward 1 candidate forum I wanted to vote for Bryan, but being from Ward 3, I sadly couldn’t.

To me, Bryan is someone who we need in the Wilson Building. He is someone who embraces everyone across the city, and doesn’t use affiliations (i.e. DC Native Status, Council Relationships) to try to pander to residents for their support. I’m tired of seeing the same career politicians lead the Nation’s Capital astray. We need someone new, with fresh ideas, who isn’t beholden to anyone but the citizens of the District of Columbia. Bryan’s push for better transparency and accountability at City Hall, is one of the main reasons that I continue to support Bryan.

Living in Washington, DC with my wife and daughter, I have been becoming more concerned with the direction the city is going. Education, Youth Issues, Gentrification, Safety, & the Economy have all become main concerns of District residents. These issues along with many others are what made me take the leap forward from sitting on the Board of the Glover Park Citizens Associations, to now being a Commissioner of ANC 3B. Serving as Commissioner for 8 years, I believe that Bryan understands what the city is facing, and isn’t afraid to step up when the city is calling for better leadership.

Bryan is one of the few local politicians that understands that the city is changing, and in order to move forward, we need to break from the ways of the past. That is why I got involved in the Draft Weaver effort, and am currently involved in the Weaver for At-Large Movement. I am not the only one who feels this way. My voice is just one of thousands who have been inspired by Bryan to step up, and get more involved in the future of our city.

My story is not that different from others throughout the District of Columbia. We all want Accountability. We all want Effective Leadership. We all want Change. As President Obama said, “We are the change that we have been waiting for.” So if we don’t pounce on this opportunity to elect a real leader in our city, then we have no one to blame but ourselves. I am voting for Bryan Weaver on April 26, 2011, and I hope you do to!

Mark Stevens, Ward Three Resident

Weaver receives Georgetown Voice endorsement

April 14, 2011

Today the Georgetown Voice announced its endorsement of Bryan Weaver for the special At-Large election on April 26.

“Bryan Weaver (D) of Adams Morgan is the best advocate for students among the wide field of candidates, and he is the right choice on Election Day for students seeking to stop more anti-student measures.”

The Georgetown Voice is the weekly magazine of Georgetown University.

Vote early…but not often

April 12, 2011

Your chance to vote for Bryan has finally arrived! In-person absentee voting is now open for business at the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics for the April 26th Special Election.

 If you can’t make it to the polls on April 26 or want to get ahead of the game, you may cast your ballot at One Judiciary Square. In-person absentee voting will be available seven days a week now through April 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. except on the following dates:

Sunday, April 17
12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 

Sunday, April 24

 Monday, April 25
8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. 

WMATA has agreed to open the 4th Street exit of the Judiciary Square metro stop, directly in front of the Board’s office, on weekends during the in-person absentee voting period. 

If you want to request to have an absentee ballot sent to you in the mail, you have until April 19th to file your request. Click here to complete the form.

InTowner endorses Weaver

April 11, 2011

Citing his willingness to go on the record on the issues and this thoughtful responses to questions, the InTowner endorsed Bryan for the At-Large seat in the April 26 special election.

“So, where do we stand on who ought to be given the vote to fill the remainder of the unexpired at-large term? Based on what we have heard others who value legislators who are clear-headed and knowledgeable and also capable and willing to analyze the facts and circumstances — as evidenced by Bryan Weaver’s thoughtful response to our tax rate question, not to say anything about the obvious fact that he was ready to state his views on the record, we are endorsing him for election to the at-large seat.”–The InTowner, April 9th, 2011

Read the full endorsement here.