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Nov. 6, 2018
THANK YOU, VOTERS of ANC 8A04
Our re-election campaign was victorious tonight with over 85 percent of the vote. I'm incredibly humbled by the outpouring of support shown for my third term and your collective confidence in my leadership to move our community forward.
We have been through many challenges with more surely to come. But through it all, we've had each other's backs. Now is the time to turn our challenges into opportunities for residents of our community. I will do my part by continuing work already underway to tackle crime by reinvigorating neighborhood watch programs like the Orange Hats patrols and help residents overcome the fear of speaking up. I will continue working with residents who want security cameras installed at no cost. I will continue to fight for quality jobs and career training for residents. I will continue fighting to improve our infrastructure and transportation network. And I will continue fighting for quality housing for residents at all income levels.
My campaign slogan is: We're In This Together. It's true; I can't do any of this alone. I will need your help to create the type of community we desire. I'm only an email or phone call away. Please get involved in the life of our neighborhood so we can RISE UP!
Again, thank you for believing in me and in the work we can do for our community. I share this victory with all who voted for this vision. Tonight we celebrate. Tomorrow we get back to business.
Nov. 6, 2018
Here Is Your Election Day Forecast
Many people know that in addition to all the work I do in the community, I'm also an amateur weatherman and weather watcher for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). In fact, during DC snow storms, the readings from Anacostia are usually from me. The Election Day forecast for Union Temple Baptist Church (#114) shows warm temperatures with rain early before giving way to thunderstorms midday. The good news is the weather system will be out of our area by 2 pm. So, there is no reason to let the weather stop us from voting. Let's show our muscle at the polls today!
Oct. 26, 2018
BLOG: Why I'm Voting for Dionne Bussey-Reeder for Council At-Large
Oct. 17, 2018
Commissioner Prestwood Receives Endorsement of Greater Greater Washington; Issues Statement Sharing Recognition with 'Neighbors'
Commissioner Troy Donte' Prestwood released the following statement after the endorsement of Greater Greater Washington, a Washington, DC-area organization that publishes a blog and advocates for urban policies like transit-friendly communities, walkable neighborhoods, and housing choices for people at all income levels:
“I welcome Greater Greater Washington's (GGW) recognition of the wonderful work underway by my neighbors and me to create the type of community we can be proud of. I have dedicated my public service to making our community safer, cleaner, more connected, and affordable for families at all income levels. While there are some differences between what I and GGW would like to see for communities like Anacostia and Hillsdale, their endorsement, however, shows these differences are not insurmountable, and that we have a shared-vision of building beautiful and vibrant communities that reflect the people who live there. I share this notable GGW endorsement with all of my neighbors.”
Read the full endorsement here!
Oct. 2, 2018
Commissioner Prestwood Issues Statement on DC Council's Vote to Overturn Initiative 77
Photo Courtesy of Vox
Commissioner Troy Donte' Prestwood released the following statement after the DC Council voted to overturn Initiative 77, a voter-led referendum that would have raised the tip minimum wage from $3.89 to $15 an hour by 2020:
"I am disappointed in the Council's decision to overturn the will of DC voters. Voters of precinct 114 (Anacostia), where many residents struggle to provide their families with basic necessities, voted overwhelmingly for Initiative 77. If people were unhappy with the outcome, the best course of action would have been to initiate another grassroots referendum and let the people decide if they want to undo it. To claim this is some type of 'fix,' even if one might be needed, is a slap in the face of democracy. DC voters should have the final word on repeal. This is not a good look for a city-state that wants full voting representation in the Congress." Read full story on Initiative 77 here.
Oct. 22, 2018
Early Voting has Begun in the District
Starting today, Anacostia residents can exercise their right to "early vote" in advance of the November 6 General Election. Citywide early voting begins at One Judiciary Square (441 4th St., NW) and runs through Nov. 2. You can vote anytime between 8:30 am and 7:00 pm. You can also register to vote on site as well.
There are few people in our ward whose quiet and steady leadership looms large for us witness. I can’t think of a better person to vote for At-Large Council than Dionne Bussey-Reeder. Long before she became a council candidate or a successful businesswoman as the owner of the only sit down restaurant in Anacostia—Cheers—I knew Dionne as a servant leader for the Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative where she led engagement and outreach efforts in our community. I saw up close her amazing work with families and children, many of whom were down on their luck or just needed a non-judgmental ear to listen. She was great at her job and I know she will be an even greater councilwoman.
>>Read full blog post here...
Oct. 26, 2018
Two Early Vote Centers Now Open in Ward 8
Starting today thru Saturday. November. 2, early voting is now a little more convenient in our area. There are two early voting centers open in the ward from 8:30am - 7pm. The closest one to Anacostia is located at the Barry Farm Recreation Center at 1230 Sumner Rd, SE. The second location is the Malcolm X Opportunity Center at 1351 Alabama Ave., SE. It's so easy to vote early!
Oct. 3, 2018
Commissioner Prestwood Speaks with Local TV Station about Community Benefits Included in New Development Coming to Anacostia
ANC Commissioner and
ANC 8A Chairman
Troy Donte' Prestwood
John Henry about the
community benefits included in an agreement between ANC 8A and developers of Reunion Square, a multi-phase commercial, hotel, and housing development coming to the Anacostia central business district. "CBAs are an important first step of many developers should offer impacted residents in exchange for use of public spaces or resources," Prestwood said. "While this version of the CBA is tied to the latest phase of the project, future phases must include new community benefits before it can move forward." Read full story here.