The People’s Platform: DC Mayoral Forum | Event Recap

Tommy Wells,  Vincent Orange, Rita Jo Lewis, Muriel Bowser, (Incumbent) Vincent C. Gray, Jack Evans, and Andy Shallal
Tommy Wells, Vincent Orange, Rita Jo Lewis, Carlos Allen, Muriel Bowser, (Incumbent) Vincent C. Gray,
Jack Evans, and Andy Shallal

Last Saturday, March 8th, Community Affairs correspondent Carl Holland  attended the DC Mayoral Forum event hosted at the ARC in South East, Washington, DC. The forum was organized to connect the community with the current candidates running to become DC’s next mayor. Carl reported that the event was pretty lively, extremely informative and well moderated by One DC.  Check out more of his recap below.

The DC Mayoral Forum event was an opportunity for each candidate to meet the community and speak on points related to their needs. Upon arrival to the event audience members received two cards; one red and one green. They were instructed to flash the individual colored card when they either agreed or disagreed with any of the candidates statements. The event was moderated by One DC, who did a great job; even when the audience got rambunctious.

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After a round of DC Jeopardy, the floor was opened up to the audience and they got right into the Q&A portion of the program. Everyone, except for the incumbent mayor, (who is running for re-election) had an opportunity to address the audiences questions. Regrettably, the incumbent did not attend the event nor did he have a spokesperson sit in on the his behalf. And the seven other candidates on stage vying for his position wasted no time broadcasting his absence.

Although the forum was meant to give the candidates an opportunity to explain how to solve issues in D.C., many of them focused solely on the problems. The moderator had to keep reminding them, multiple times to focus on the solutions. Candidates who didn’t follow this advice usually received red cards of disapproval from the audience. When candidates did inspire the audience though, they received green cards.


At the end of the day the Mayoral Forum had it’s moments, (awkward, heated, and everything in between), but ultimately turned out to be a great success. The event was necessary and gave the voters of Washington, DC a rare chance to speak with the mayoral candidates face to face. On a side note, the food served by Kitchen Cray was very savory, delicious, and a good compliment to the event. Props to Barry Farms Study Circle, Empower DC, Our DC, DC Working Families, and One DC for putting on such an awesome event!

Photography by: Carl Holland

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