I have spent my entire career in public service and I understand that working in government is a privilege, not a business development opportunity. I’m focused on making it possible for residents to stay and thrive in our dynamic community rather than feeling like they’re stretching to make ends meet. That’s why I’m running to represent Ward 2 on the DC Council.

Jordan Grossman, Ward 2

Public Service is a Privilege

Let’s make the DC Council listen to us — not just those who can cut big checks.

Banning councilmembers from outside employment is a good first step to prevent future conflicts of interests. But that won’t stop the revolving door culture at the Wilson Building, where former elected officials become lobbyists before their terms are even up.

Let’s prohibit councilmembers from ever lobbying the DC Council on behalf of for-profit entities, even after they leave office.

"It’s time for someone who is truly for Ward 2, not for sale."

Affording a Place to Live

Housing costs throughout the District are skyrocketing and virtually everyone is feeling the squeeze.

Let’s put some of the country’s strongest housing protections to work making a real difference in people’s lives – whether they’re renters, homeowners, or experiencing homelessness. 

As a member of the Council, I would also prioritize investments in programs that address our housing crisis, including the Local Rent Supplement Program, the Housing Production Trust Fund, and street outreach for our neighbors experiencing homelessness.

Funding High-Quality Child Care for All

One of the biggest challenges that Ward 2 families face is child care, which costs an average of $23,666 a year in DC – about $10,000 more than in Virginia and $8,700 more than in Maryland.

Let’s fully fund universal child care legislation, the Birth-to-Three for All DC Act, so no family pays more than 10 percent of their income just to have a safe place for their children to learn.

We also must effectively implement paid family leave, expand evidence-based home-visiting programs, and enhance workforce development opportunities for the professionals that teach our youngest kids.

Easing the Burden of Student Loans

Many in Ward 2 can’t plan to start a family or buy a home because of the mountain of student loan debt they face.

Common jobs in our area — working on Capitol Hill, in a federal agency, in a research institution, or for an advocacy group — often require a higher education, but don’t pay enough to manage student loan payments on top of housing and child care costs.

Let’s lead the nation on easing the burden of student loans, so that our young residents can stay in the District, buying homes and starting families in the communities they love.

"I’m focused on making it possible for residents to stay and thrive in our dynamic community."

Photos by Elvert Barnes

Prioritizing Bike, Transit, and Pedestrian Infrastructure

More than seven in ten Ward 2 residents walk, bike, or take public transit to work, but our infrastructure priorities haven’t kept up.

We must do more to establish a comprehensive network of protected bike lanes, dedicated bus lanes, and pedestrian-friendly infrastructure, including completing these projects more quickly.

Walking, biking, and public transit should be a realistic and reliable option for all DC residents — from Wards 2 and 3 to Wards 7 and 8.

Preparing for DC Statehood

I strongly support DC statehood because DC residents have a fundamental right to govern ourselves and we deserve full representation in Congress.

It’s unconscionable that right-wing Republicans in Congress have undercut critical local laws and protections – like preventing DC from using local tax dollars for women’s reproductive health care.

Because statehood is closer than ever to becoming a reality, the DC Council should initiate a thoughtful and comprehensive planning process to ensure we are ready and able to transition into statehood as soon as possible. 

Join Us
For too long, Ward 2 residents have had to compete for their councilmember’s time and attention with paying clients who can afford his price. It’s time to elect someone who is truly for us, not for sale. Join our movement.

Because Jordan’s participating in DC’s new public financing program, he’s only taking donations up to $50. If you’re a DC resident, your donation will be matched 5 to 1.