Charles Allen for Ward 6

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Having served my Ward 6 neighbors in a variety of roles over the last decade, I am ready and excited to take on this next challenge. People choose to call Ward 6 home because our neighborhoods are an extension of our living rooms – with great schools you can walk to, parks to gather in, and local businesses that know you by name.  These serve as anchors for our communities and we must ensure that all residents see this vision realized.

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Ward 6 Neighborhood School Leaders Earn Awards

Screen Shot 2013-10-08 at 10.05.40 PMWard 6 neighborhood schools are bringing home the awards!

In recent days, Principal Gordon of Jefferson Academy, Principal Albert-Garvey of Maury Elementary, & Asst. Principal Olidge-Walker of Eliot-Hine were all awarded Rubenstein Awards for School Leaders.

Plus… 6 out of 24 of the awards for highly effective teachers went to schools in Ward 6. That’s 25% of the city’s awards at our neighborhood schools! We have a great story to tell about neighborhood schools in Ward 6 and we’re in a great position to tackle the new challenges ahead.

For the full list of Leadership Awards:

For the full list of Highly Effective Teachers:

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DC Rallies to “Cut The Red Tape”

1381931_494271644001632_401521765_nLast night, Jordi and I stopped by the party to rally DC to “Cut The Red Tape”. What was all the commotion? It’s about an initiative we launched earlier this year to remove the city’s hurdles that too often block entrepreneurs’ efforts to start new businesses, create jobs, and build better neighborhoods. In room were the owners of Milk Cult, a small business operating out of Union Kitchen. They’d told me about problems getting licenses and permits for a new business idea. We helped out and their business is going strong now, but those hurdles should never have been placed in front of them to begin with. Let’s support these innovators and make it easier to open small business in DC.

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Last Day at Council

photo-91About 5 pm yesterday, I turned this in (but I kept the pins, especially the frying pan!). Thank you for the opportunity to work and serve in this role, and I hope to see you again soon!

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Leaving the Council

Dear Friends & Colleagues,

Friday, October 4th will be my last day at the Council.

It’s been an honor to work with so many neighbors, leaders, and public servants in my time as Chief of Staff to Councilmember Wells. I’ve loved every minute of it and have met so many incredible people throughout our city. I’ll be leaving to explore new opportunities to serve Ward 6 and the District, but I leave with great pride in the work we’ve done together for the residents, families, and neighborhoods across the ward and city.

I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work with Tommy, our entire team, and all of you. He’s helped transform our local schools, build a community of small businesses, and turned “livable, walkable” into Continue reading

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October 1st Marks Domestic Violence Awareness Month

DV Awareness MonthFederal government shutdown or not, today is the kick-off of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. You’ll see a lot of purple at the Wilson Building today thanks to advocacy by the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence. With their help, we created the city’s first 24-hour DV hotline earlier this year to help victims survive & escape abuse.

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Photos from Ward 6 Community Garden Bike Tour

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What a great day for a tour of community gardens across Ward 6! Southwest Community Gardens; Virginia Avenue Community Garden; Rosedale/Kingman Park Garden, Walker Jones Urban Farm; Marion Street Intergenerational Garden: SW to SE to NE to NW. Thanks to … Continue reading

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