Michele Tingling-Clemmons


Age: 53

Residence: Benning Heights.

Education: BA, black studies/sociology, Wellesley College; graduate study, education, City College of New York, and adult education, University of the District of Columbia.

Occupation: Teaching, organizing and administrative consultant to groups including Metropolitan D.C. Health Consortium and Alliance for Fairness in Reforms to Medicaid.

Elected offices/civic activities: Former secretary, Capital Area Food Bank; policy advisory committee member, Covenant House Washington; former chair, D.C. Hunger Action; co-organizer, D.C. Seniors' Health Care Crisis and National Health Insurance for All conferences; steering committee member, D.C. Statehood Green Party; co-chair, Black Caucus, Green Party U.S.; board member, National Welfare Rights Union; former member, D.C. Statewide Health Coordinating Council; former co-chair, Health Equal Access League; former radio host, WPFW-FM.

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

"The most urgent problem facing Ward 7 is our city administration's (including mayor and council) systematic disinvestment in our residents, including our schools, environment, land use, housing, health care, small businesses, security, but most importantly, our people, from the youngest to the most senior. The funding cuts from recreation, summer jobs, after-school programs and other supports for working families, as well as contracting out of jobs, have resulted in part in the rash of car thefts and associated deaths. Yet, our leaders recommend harsher punishments rather than the comprehensive solution to support our youth and families by restoring our resources."

Why should voters elect you?

"Constituents should elect me to have a council member who is responsive, honest, capable, willing to fight for the people's interests and not for sale."

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