The DC Line: The Ward 2 quintet: Aiming to replace Jack Evans on DC Council, five challengers vie for space in crowded field

Four months after the first challenger entered the Ward 2 DC Council race with hopes of unseating embattled incumbent Jack Evans, the contest now features five hopefuls jockeying for votes in the Democratic primary come next June.

In the initial competition for fundraising, Jordan Grossman reported $37,600 in contributions as of the July 31 filing deadline, according to reports filed with the Office of Campaign Finance (OCF). Kishan Putta — the most recent entrant — has raised about $12,900; Patrick Kennedy — the first to announce his candidacy — has raised about $12,300; and John Fanning has raised about $6,200. Daniel Hernandez received an extension and has not filed his contribution report yet. . . .

Jordan Grossman does not have the record of service in DC to match Fanning, but he brings extensive national political experience to the race. A fifth-generation Washingtonian, he has served as acting legislative director for Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; a field organizer for the Obama campaign in Iowa in 2008; and a law clerk for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Most recently he worked at the DC Department of Health Care Finance, helping residents access Medicaid and housing services.

Access to city services is the cornerstone of his campaign. “As Ward 2’s council member, my focus will be on listening to the needs of my neighbors, making it possible for residents to stay and thrive in our dynamic community rather than feeling like they’re stretching to make ends meet,” Grossman said.

Whether through passing legislation to cap child care costs or looking for ways to ease the crush of student loan debt, Grossman said his campaign is built upon making room for all Ward 2 residents. “We can and must do better for everyone who lives here, from fifth-generation District residents like me to our immigrant communities and recent college graduates moving to the District for a great job,” Grossman said.

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