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Petition to Recall Mayor Anthony A. Williams
Save Our City
Filed January 20, 2004; Approved by the Board of Elections and Ethics February 2, 2004




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Recall Petition

Save Our City, press release, January 19, 2004
Save Our City: Five Reasons to Fire Mayor Tony Williams, January 20, 2004
Jerome Brocks, Chairman, Washington Teachers Union Political Action Committee, press release, January 20, 2004
Vanessa Dixon, DC Health Care Coalition, statement at press conference, January 20, 2004
Mayor Anthony A. Williams, press release, January 20, 2004
A. Scott Bolden, State Democratic Committee, press release, January 20, 2004
Board of Elections and Ethics memorandum on proposed recall, January 30, 2004

Cardell Shelton, Adam Eidinger, Barbara Lett Simmons

Paid for by Save Our City: Recall Mayor Williams
P.O. Box 34321
Washington, DC 20043-4321

PETITION FOR RECALL OF: Anthony A. Williams, Mayor

Proposer(s) of Recall: Barbara Lett Simmons, Adam Eidinger and W. Cardell Shelton

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. Official Code §§ 1-204.111 to 1-204.115).

Anthony A. Williams, Mayor

Mayor Williams leads an administration that is corrupt, incompetent, and not committed to the priorities of Washington's people. His malfeasance, misfeasance, and nonfeasance endanger the well-being and even the very lives of District residents.

Closing our public hospital deepens our healthcare crisis. Drug treatment facilities are wholly inadequate. Law enforcement and public safety are neglected. A failed police chief is rewarded with raises; high city officials are hired on the basis of falsified credentials. With unprecedented powers over public education, Williams is now even more directly responsible for underfunding public education (DCPS and UDC) and for failing to support educators. This mayor fills jails but empties schools. A new mayor's mansion was his answer to public housing and affordable housing issues. Public needs are not met; public resources are not maintained. Sports multi-millionaires are promised ever-greater public subsidies; big business gets taxpayer subsidies without providing jobs to our citizens. Even taxi regulation is mismanaged from the top.

Williams attempts to marginalize elected school board members and elected Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners and otherwise undermine local democracy. Because of Williams' failures, corruption, and attacks on local democracy, our efforts to achieve Statehood and full American citizenship are further thwarted.

ANSWER BY: Anthony A. Williams, Mayor

There is no basis to recall Mayor Anthony Williams. The allegations by those initiating this effort are without merit and untrue. 

A little more than one year ago, Mayor Williams was re-elected. He won 140 our of 142 precincts in all eight wards. This recall is an attempt to reverse the outcome of a democratic election. 

No one can dispute that the District of Columbia is improving. Budgets have been balanced for seven consecutive years. Over 12,000 units of affordable housing have been built, including $650 million east of the Anacostia River. Williams has increased public education funding by 57%. We have a new convention center. Over 51,200 jobs have been created. Working with Howard University, DC will build a new hospital. The Mayor's Healthcare Alliance has provided services to 50,000 residents. Infant mortality and teenage pregnancy rates are dropping. Overall crime rates declined in 2003. And with Council support, Mayor Williams announced an aggressive new police deployment plan that will put more officers in our neighborhoods. The District of Columbia is respected again as the Mayor works with advocates to gain full voting rights in Congress. 

Progress under Mayor Williams is evident on every front. District residents should not support the recall. 

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