Elissa Silverman as a Post financial reporter in 2005. (Erica E. Lusk/The Washington Post)

The tension between D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) and progressive members of the D.C. Council should not be portrayed as a conflict between the old and new District [“D.C. mayor confronts a council at her left,” front page, Dec. 12].

Council member David Grosso (I-At Large), a 46-year-old native Washingtonian and Georgetown Law graduate, served as Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton’s (D) chief counsel when Bowser, two years his junior, held her first political office as an advisory neighborhood commissioner. How is he a less qualified judge of good legislation for D.C. residents? Council member Elissa Silverman (I-At Large) is a Baltimore native who began her career as a reporter for the Washington City Paper and The Post, later worked at the D.C Fiscal Policy Institute and has a master’s degree in urban studies and planning from the University of Maryland. Certainly Silverman is not a newcomer unschooled in the District’s “unique fiscal situation.”

The Post should refrain from using race as a shorthand for judging members of the D.C. Council.

Sarah Shoenfeld, Washington