Save Our City, press release, January 19, 2004
Save Our City: Five Reasons to Fire Mayor Tony Williams, January
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,
Board of Elections and Ethics memorandum on proposed recall, January
Paid for by Save Our City: Recall Mayor
P.O. Box 34321
Washington, DC 20043-4321
RECALL OF: Anthony A. Williams, Mayor
Proposer(s) of Recall: Barbara Lett Simmons, Adam Eidinger and W.
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
STATEMENT OF GROUNDS FOR RECALL OF:
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
TO NOTICE OF INTENT TO RECALL
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.