Mazel Tov to all of 2018 our endorsed candidates!

Thanks to everyone who ran for office, canvassed, phonebanked, or voted in 2018! Stay tuned for our first round of 2020 endorsements, coming soon!

We are proud to have supported an amazing slate of candidates in DC’s Democratic primary in 2020. Whether they won or lost, we know that all of them are going on to do amazing work for justice in DC. The JUFJ Campaign Fund encourages you to vote in the general election for our endorsees who won their primary elections, as well as for Independent Ed Lazere for DC Council At Large.

The JUFJ Campaign Fund is not endorsing in the DC State Board of Education races in 2020. 

The JUFJ Campaign Fund is proud to endorse:

Janeese Lewis George for Ward 4

Janeese Lewis George headshot

Janeese Lewis George will be a champion for working families and everyday residents in Ward 4 and across the District. She has deep roots in the Ward, and is willing to take on entrenched special interests from big businesses to wealthy megadonors. She understands from personal experience that Ward 4 residents need elected leaders who will fight displacement, stand up for workers, and interrupt cycles of violence without relying on broken mass incarceration policies. And she has a plan to win. Lewis George’s bold vision for Ward 4 and DC will make her an incredible addition to the DC Council.

Ed Lazere for At Large

Ed Lazere sits on a bench

Ed Lazere is the progressive, values-driven budget expert that DC needs in this moment. For two decades, he has been a local leader in demanding policy changes that put people first, not big business profits. When he ran for Council Chair in 2018, his campaign helped stop Chairman Mendelson from undermining paid family and medical leave — and he is already putting pressure on the current Council to make sure that they don’t take much needed support from working people or small businesses to fund a recovery for the wealthiest corporations in the city.

Robert White, Jr. for At Large

Councilmember Robert White, Jr. headshot

Councilmember Robert White, Jr. has proven that he will work to address the issues facing DC residents. He scored a 93% on our most recent scorecard, aligning with us on progressive legislation like decriminalizing fare evasion, closing loopholes on rent control, and high quality childcare and health services for parents and babies. He was a leader in the drafting and passage of the legislation that eventually became the Birth to Three for All Act, the funding and implementation of which is one of the JUFJ Campaign Fund’s top legislative priorities. In his second term, Councilmember White has committed to focusing on the critical education and housing needs in the city.

Trayon White, Sr. for Ward 8

Councilmember Trayon White, Sr. with a DC flag

Councilmember Trayon White, Sr. has demonstrated a deep commitment to progressive policies during his first term on the Council, and we have seen his growth as a leader. Our endorsement team was also impressed by his self-reflection and humility in discussing with forthrightness the lessons he has learned from his first term. Councilmember White has demonstrated repeatedly that his focus is on serving the people of Ward 8; his votes to decriminalize fare evasion, fund homelessness services, and promote ethical governance earned him high marks on our DC Council Scorecard. Of all of the incumbents seeking re-election, Councilmember White is the only candidate participating in the Fair Elections program JUFJ supported, which elevates the voices and donations of ordinary DC residents over deep-pocketed special interests.

The JUFJ Campaign Fund is founded on the idea of building strong, accountable relationships with elected officials and candidates. Relationships help advance JUFJ’s policy goals, and they also help shape our and elected officials’ understandings of and responses to critical issues for our community, such as antisemitism and white supremacy. When he misstepped, Councilmember White reached out to us for help understanding and responding, and he has striven toward teshuvah: a process of repentance, apology, learning, and change. 

DC Events

  • Phone bank for Ed Lazere for DC Council At-Large

    October 21 | 6:30 pm9:00 pm

    Join other JUFJ Campaign Fund volunteers to make phone calls for Ed Lazere, progressive candidate for DC Council At-Large — from your own home!

  • Virtual Meet & Greet: Ed Lazere

    October 25 | 5:00 pm6:00 pm

    Join us for a virtual Meet and Greet with JUFJ Campaign Fund endorsed candidate Ed Lazere for DC Council At-Large! You’ll be able to hear from Ed Lazere, progressive candidate for DC Council, ask questions, and learn what you can do to support his election. This meet and greet is co-hosted by Kathar…

  • Work the Polls with the Ed Lazere Campaign

    October 27November 3

    The Ed Lazere campaign needs your help to safely reach as many voters as possible in the lead up to Election Day. Sign up to work at a voting center during early voting and/or on Election Day, handing out literature to voters and ensuring a strong presence for Ed at each voting location.

  • Phone bank for Ed Lazere for DC Council At-Large

    October 28 | 6:30 pm9:00 pm

    Join other JUFJ Campaign Fund volunteers to make phone calls for Ed Lazere, progressive candidate for DC Council At-Large — from your own home!

DC Staff