Working Families Party DCision 2020

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The DC Working Families Party will be making endorsements for the 2020 Democratic Primary and later, for the General Election. We invite all candidates to complete our candidate questionnaire. Values and policy responses will be made available for public viewing. 

We will be holding rolling endorsements moving into 2020. The first endorsements will be in Ward 4. Others will take place on a rolling basis, including the at-large seat on the ballot in November.

Candidates for Ward 4 had until November 4th at 11:59 pm to submit their responses. There is no deadline yet set for the other races. To view the candidates’ questionnaires, click here.

We use ranked choice for our endorsements when choosing between three or more candidates. The voting period for our supporters will run from November 7th through November 12th, 11:59 pm.

On November 13th, we will host a membership meeting in Ward 4 to announce the results of our ballot and discuss strategy. RSVP here.

When is the next election?

The primary is Tuesday, June 2, 2020, and the General Election is Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

Who can vote in the primary?

DC uses a closed primary system, this means that only people registered to vote with a party can vote in that party’s primary. For instance, if you are unaffiliated, you cannot vote in the Democratic primary. Only registered Democrats can vote in the Democratic primary.

Why is voting in the primary such a big deal in DC?

Because DC uses a closed primary system, the primary is sometimes called the “real election” because the candidate who receives the Democratic Party’s nomination for their seat is almost guaranteed to win the election in November.

How important is my vote in the Primary?

Turnout for the primaries is always a fraction of what it is for the General Election. That means votes during the primary have a disproportionate impact. During the last three primaries (2018, 2016 and 2014), over 90% of people who voted in the primaries were Democrats, but only between 17% and 26% of all registered voters voted in the primary. That means that about one quarter (or less) of all registered voters essentially determined the winner of the General Election because the Democrat always went on to win. By voting in the primary, your vote could make or break a candidate’s chances of being elected.

Who does a candidate qualify for the ballot during the primary?

  • Candidates declare and begin campaigning. 
  • The Board of Elections issues nomination petitions on Friday, January 10. Candidates need to collect a certain number of qualified signatures to qualify for the ballot, about 1% of registered electors or less.
  • Signatures are due back to the Board of Elections by Wednesday, March 4. This is followed by a challenge and review period and an ultimate ruling by the BOE on Monday, April 6  to determine who qualifies for the ballot.
  • Details and deadlines for the primary are available here.

How can I check my voter registration status?

You can check your voter registration status by clicking here

How can I update my voter registration information?

You can update your voter registration information by clicking here

Who can vote in the General Election?

Anyone who is registered to vote can vote in the general for whichever candidate they support. For instance, you do not have to be registered with a party to vote for a Democrat.  

How can I vote in DC?

You can vote in-person on election day at your polling place, early vote for one week before the election, Thursday, May 21 to Friday, May 29 for the primary, and Friday, October 23 to Friday, October 30 during the General Election, vote by absentee ballot and or register to vote on election day. 

More information is available at the Board of Elections website

What seats are up for election?

In addition to the Presidential election, half the DC Council and State Board of Education, and every Advisory Neighborhood Commission seats are up.

Who has declared their candidacy?

Below is a list of candidates who are running for council.  People with a star (*) beside their name have not officially declared their candidacy with the office of campaign finance, however, they are current council members and or are expected to declare. 

This document will be periodically updated to reflect new declarations.

Ward 2  Ward 4  Ward 7 Ward 8 At-Large
Jack Evans* Brandon Todd Vincent Gray* Trayon White, Sr*. Robert White, Jr.
Patrick Kennedy Janeese Lewis George James Jennings Taurus Phillips David Grosso*
John Fanning Kelvin Brown Anthony Dale
Daniel Hernandez Anthony Lorenzo Green Markus Batchelor
Jordan Grosman Veda Rasheed
Kishan Putta
Yilin Zhang


Will everyone who has declared qualify for the ballot?

No. Some people who have declared their candidacy will drop out because of lack of support or because they won’t meet the basic requirements to qualify for the ballot. Everyone who wants to be on the ballot must collect a set number of qualified signatures or their name will not appear on it. 

More information about signature requirements is available here.

What is Fair Elections and why is it important?

Fair Elections is DC’s new public financing of elections program that aims to put residents and voters first, not wealthy campaign donors. It accomplishes this by providing a five to one match for all qualified small dollar contributions, meaning that if you donate $50, it’s matched $250, for an effective contribution of $300. Candidates also receive a startup grant once they qualify for the program.  This way, candidates get to spend more time campaigning for votes, and speaking with everyday residents. 

You can learn more about the program by visiting the Office of Campaign Finance

Where can I get more information about elections?

Check out local activist Keith Ivey’s great blog, DC Geekery. The Board of Elections makes available important information like voter registration statistics and past election results. The Office of Campaign Finance also makes contribution and expenditure information available online

News outlets and political groups will also publish detailed voter guides as we get closer to the election.