I have spent my entire career in public service and I understand that working in government is a privilege, not a business development opportunity. I’m focused on making it possible for residents to stay and thrive in our dynamic community rather than feeling like they’re stretching to make ends meet. That’s why I’m running to represent Ward 2 on the DC Council.

Jordan Grossman, Ward 2

Public Service is a Privilege

Let’s make the DC Council listen to us — not just those who can cut big checks.

Banning councilmembers from outside employment is a good first step to prevent future conflicts of interests. But that won’t stop the revolving door culture at the Wilson Building, where former elected officials become lobbyists before their terms are even up.

Let’s prohibit councilmembers from ever lobbying the DC Council on behalf of for-profit entities, even after they leave office.

“It’s time for someone who is truly for Ward 2, not for sale.

Watch: Fighting for Our Values as We Respond to COVID-19

We all know that so much has changed in the wake of COVID-19. But one thing we absolutely cannot afford is to abandon the basic needs of workers, families, and businesses in Ward 2 and across DC. If we’re going to recover and rebuild stronger than ever, we’re going to need to fight hard for our values and priorities — and to resist the kind of short-term thinking that leads to harmful cuts to the very services and programs our neighbors need to get back on their feet.

Affording a Place to Live

Housing costs throughout the District are skyrocketing and virtually everyone is feeling the squeeze.

Let’s put some of the country’s strongest housing protections to work making a real difference in people’s lives – whether they’re renters, homeowners, or experiencing homelessness. 

As a member of the Council, I would also prioritize investments in programs that address our housing crisis, including the Local Rent Supplement Program, the Housing Production Trust Fund, and street outreach for our neighbors experiencing homelessness.

Fighting for Equity for Our Schools

Jordan is proud to be endorsed by the Washington Teachers Union. DC Public Schools teachers are regularly required to go above and beyond to overcome challenges that extend far beyond the classroom. These extraordinary educators and public servants should be essential partners in the Council’s education work.

Jordan believes every DC student deserves equal access to a high-quality and well-resourced school in their neighborhood. He’ll fight for equitable funding and support for our schools and a unified, District-wide education plan that ensures better cooperation and planning across sectors and guarantees meaningful participation by parents and students.

Jordan also believes that we need concrete action on the structural issues that acutely affect our students and teachers — like gun violence and trauma, the shortage of affordable housing for teachers and students, and the lack of safe and reliable transportation options for getting to and from school.

Funding High-Quality Child Care for All

One of the biggest challenges that Ward 2 families face is child care, which costs an average of $23,666 a year in DC – about $10,000 more than in Virginia and $8,700 more than in Maryland.

Let’s fully fund universal child care legislation, the Birth-to-Three for All DC Act, so no family pays more than 10 percent of their income just to have a safe place for their children to learn.

We also must effectively implement paid family leave, expand evidence-based home-visiting programs, and enhance workforce development opportunities for the professionals that teach our youngest kids.

Easing the Burden of Student Loans

Many in Ward 2 can’t plan to start a family or buy a home because of the mountain of student loan debt they face.

Common jobs in our area — working on Capitol Hill, in a federal agency, in a research institution, or for an advocacy group — often require a higher education, but don’t pay enough to manage student loan payments on top of housing and child care costs.

Let’s lead the nation on easing the burden of student loans, so that our young residents can stay in the District, buying homes and starting families in the communities they love.

"I’m focused on making it possible for residents to stay and thrive in our dynamic community."

Photos by Elvert Barnes

Prioritizing Bike, Transit, and Pedestrian Infrastructure

More than seven in ten Ward 2 residents walk, bike, or take public transit to work, but our infrastructure priorities haven’t kept up.

We must do more to establish a comprehensive network of protected bike lanes, dedicated bus lanes, and pedestrian-friendly infrastructure, including completing these projects more quickly.

Walking, biking, and public transit should be a realistic and reliable option for all DC residents — from Wards 2 and 3 to Wards 7 and 8.

Preparing for DC Statehood

I strongly support DC statehood because DC residents have a fundamental right to govern ourselves and we deserve full representation in Congress.

It’s unconscionable that right-wing Republicans in Congress have undercut critical local laws and protections – like preventing DC from using local tax dollars for women’s reproductive health care.

Because statehood is closer than ever to becoming a reality, the DC Council should initiate a thoughtful and comprehensive planning process to ensure we are ready and able to transition into statehood as soon as possible.