Our Process

MDC DSA is a democratic, member-led organization. This means that members have the opportunity to review, debate, discuss, and vote on any candidate as part of an extensive endorsement process.

All applications for endorsements are sent to our Endorsements Committee. Members of the chapter are then informed that we have received an application for endorsement. A formal resolution to endorse must then be moved at a subsequent general body meeting in compliance with chapter bylaws. The body will have an opportunity to consider and debate the resolution before the end of the voting period of the next scheduled general body meeting. During this time—typically about 30 days—any member, campaign-based working group, caucus, or branch, in coordination with the Endorsements Committee, may request that a candidate participate in additional vetting, including through a race-specific questionnaire, conference call interview, and/or in-person meeting. Conference calls and meet-and-greets typically take the form of a question-and-answer format.

All candidate responses, except those including personal contact information, will be made publicly available on this website.

Candidates who wish to apply for an endorsement must submit our chapter’s Standard Electoral Candidate Questionnaire for candidates and can do so using this form.

Candidates may download or create a copy of the full text of the standard questionnaire if they would like to draft or revise their responses prior to completing and submitting the form.

Current Endorsements

Janeese Lewis George

Metro D.C. DSA would like to congratulate our fellow chapter member and future D.C. Councilmember Janeese Lewis George on her historic victory over incumbent Brandon Todd in the June 2 primary election. At a moment when our city is facing a public health crisis, a righteous uprising against tyrannical policing, and a military occupation, it is a benison to the people of the district that we will have Janeese’s passion, temerity, and leadership to help guide us through the months and years to come. We will continue to work with Janeese to ensure she wins the general election in November and ushers in a new era of pro-worker leadership on the Council.

Ed Lazere

Ed Lazere, a lifelong progressive and D.C. resident for more than three decades, has consistently impressed our chapter with his commitment to racial, environmental, and economic justice and his firm belief that the D.C. government should work for all of its residents, not just the wealthy or well-connected few. As director of the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute for two decades, Lazere developed expertise in the D.C. budget and policymaking processes and, through this work, saw firsthand how D.C. councilmembers and mayors have failed to address skyrocketing inequality. Lazere understands that our political and economic systems are fundamentally flawed and that we need a system that shifts power back into the hands of D.C. workers.

Mysiki Valentine

As a former teacher and grad of D.C. public schools, Mysiki will be a fighter for D.C. students, teachers, and families. He is running on a platform of equity and fully-funded futures for ALL students. This means ending high-stakes testing, increasing resources for chronically underfunded schools, and bringing true transparency to charter schools. Mysiki is the ONLY candidate in this race to participate in the Fair Elections Program and reject ALL big-dollar corporate donations, because our public education system is not for sale.

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History of our Electoral Program

Our members have knocked on more than 100,000 doors since the electoral program was relaunched in 2017. We’ve helped elect candidates as part of progressive and labor coalitions in Virginia, Maryland, and D.C. Our endorsed candidates have gone on to fight for legislation that expands public housing, caps insulin prices, repeals anti-union right to work laws, creates social wealth funds, bans revolving door lobbying, closes corporate tax loopholes, creates a universal basic income, exposes confidential police records, and more.

Our endorsements aren’t just a recommendation to our members to vote for a particular candidate, but a commitment to fight to get that candidate elected. We organize canvases, phone banks, text banking, poll coverage, press releases, rallies, and more to help our endorsed candidates win.