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Phil Mendelson* (D)

Phil Mendelson

Office Sought: D.C. Council, At Large
Age: 54
Residence: McLean Gardens.
Education: BA, political science, American University.
Occupation: Council member.
Web site: http://www.reelectphil2006.com
E-mail address: phmendel@aol.com

Elected offices/civic activities:

Member, D.C. Council, 1999-present; commissioner, ANC, 1979-98; past member D.C. Democratic State Committee; member, Committee of 100 on the Federal City, Far Northeast/Southeast Council, Kiwanis Club (Southwest), Workers Rights Board; past officer, Tenle

Why should voters elect you?

"I'm a thoughtful and accessible legislator. I'll use my community roots to continue fighting full time for a better city that serves all its residents."

What do you think is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction?

"Public education. It affects whether people move to or stay here. It affects our children; that is, our future. It affects jobs —- our workforce. And it affects crime. I've supported substantial funding increases for public education (both DCPS and charter schools). I've advocated for clearer accountability. The challenge is to get resources to the local schools. We need good principals and teachers in every school, and budgets for each that are sufficient to avoid cutbacks in vocational education and optional offerings such as art, music and sports. I see this personally, as I am a public school parent."

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