Ward 2: Cary SilvermanCary's got my vote, as I really think that he will truly put our neighborhoods first.
Jack Evans, the powerful chairman of the Council’s Finance and Revenue Committee, recently approved nearly $700 million in off-the-balance-sheet revenue bonds despite Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi’s urgent warnings to stop incurring more debt - already the highest per capita in the nation. And the 17-year incumbent has done virtually nothing to stop the rampant no-bid contracting documented in a recent U.S. Government Accountability Office report.
Instead of tightening D.C.’s all-but-nonexistent financial controls, Evans has been busy making sweetheart deals with developers like Herb Miller, his former Georgetown neighbor. He even tried to hand over the West End library under “emergency” legislation until Ward 2 residents raised a stink. And Evans’ fingerprints were all over the no-bid Radio One deal, where valuable property at the Howard Metro stop was sold for less than its appraised value.
Cary Silverman promises open, competitive bidding for all city projects and a fully Freedom of Information Act-able financial reporting system. And more accountability and transparency is exactly what this city needs.
FYI, Ward 2 includes ANCs 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 2e, 2f, and 6d.