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Anthony A. Williams, Mayor
Proposer(s) of Recall: David Barrows, 1528 D Street, SE, Washington, DC, 20003.
We, the undersigned, being qualified registered voters in the District of Columbia, request that the District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics hold a recall election, as prescribed in Charter Amendment No. 2, to Title IV of the District of Columbia Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act (D.C. Code §1 -291 to 1-295).
STATEMENT OF GROUNDS FOR RECALL OF:
Whereas Mayor Williams took the lead in the effort to disenfranchise the electorate by dismantling our fully elected DC Board of Education;
Whereas Williams continues imposing plans to build a baseball stadium in a Ward 6 neighborhood that does not want it;
Whereas Williams has begun mass evictions in Columbia Heights upon completion of the Metro Stop facilitating gentrification;
Whereas Williams, both as Chief Financial Officer for the DC Control Board and Mayor, has consistently worked to under-fund the University of the District of Columbia, and sought to remove the University of the District of Columbia out of the Van Ness campus, contrary to Federal stipulations under which the use of land was granted;
Whereas Williams has strived to close DC General, the city's only hospital with the legal obligation to care for everyone in a city with the highest infant mortality rate in the country, and has strived to re-direct patients to a hospital with no capacity for trauma treatment and with no inherent mandate to provide care to all people regardless of ability to pay resulting in loss of life and overwhelming private hospitals.
Therefore, we the undersigned petition to recall Anthony Williams from the office of Mayor.
ANSWER BY: The Hon. Anthony A. Williams, Mayor
Our citizens deserve the best city in America to include, among other things, first-class schools, affordable housing, and access to quality health care. I have committed this government's resources with the cooperation and input of all our citizens.
DC voters passed a referendum creating a new school board structure to provide more accountability and better leadership in our schools. For this school year we fully-funded DC Public and Charter Schools, and provided additional funding to enhance programs offered by the University of the District of Columbia at its present location.
As part of the $22 million of new finding in economic development, we have begun construction on 1,000 new housing units, and created financial incentives that make home ownership more affordable to District residents throughout the city.
Finally, the financial and management crisis at DC General forced us to provide a health care system that works for all individuals and families, Every person in this city should have access to preventative health care in their neighborhoods and other inpatient, specialty and emergency services nearby, whether or not they have health insurance.
I will continue to work for the betterment of all citizens.
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