DREAMS COME TRUE.
ELECT ALEX PADRO, DC COUNCIL AT-LARGE
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Help Every Neighborhood Achieve Its Dreams: Elect Alex Padro, DC Council At-Large!
PAID FOR BY THE COMMITTEE TO ELECT ALEX PADRO, PLEASANT P. MANN, TREASURER
1519 8th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001-3205
WHAT HAS ALEX DONE OUTSIDE OF SHAW?
Throughout my two decades of public service, I have always been active outside of the neighborhood I was elected to represent. These initiatives include:
● As a member of the DC Library Board of Trustees, I fought for funding to renovate or replace library buildings across the city, helped restore full hours at all library branches and led the effort to renovate, instead of sell, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library.
● I co-founded the Art All Night DC festival, rated one of best festivals in North America, which has grown from 10,000 visitors in one neighborhood in 2011 to 110,000 participants in eight neighborhoods in 2019.
● I worked with developers and zoning officials to establish precedent-setting Planned Unit Development community benefits agreements that have been emulated throughout the city and shared these best practices widely, resulting in millions of dollars invested in neighborhood improvements.
● I helped create the commercial clean team model that now keeps streets clean in dozens of DC neighborhoods, employing primarily returning citizens and paying them living wages.
● I have championed the expansion of the DC Main Streets program, which now helps revitalize commercial corridors in 24 neighborhoods in all eight wards and supporting new and legacy businesses.
● I fought for the first-ever cap on annual property tax increases for Ward 2, later expanded citywide, helping countless Washingtonians keep their homes.
● I served on the MPD Biased Policing Task Force, helping to establish standards for equitable treatment of all DC residents by law enforcement officers, and as a board member of the DC Police Foundation.
● I was elected by Ward 6 residents to represent them on the Board of Directors of the United Planning Organization, which provides a wide range of services to families throughout the District, including job training, early childhood development, senior services, healthcare and college scholarships.
● I’ve been the board president of and emceed the annual American Classic Woman of the Year senior pageant at the Lincoln Theatre for more than 15 years and served on the Board of Directors of Emmaus Services for the Aging.
● A past chair of the Landmarks Committee of the DC Preservation League, I helped identify and preserve the District’s heritage, including protecting the Carter G. Woodson House, the home of the father of Black History, and the DC Recorder of Deeds building, a historic African American landmark, when it was proposed to be sold for development. The Art Moderne Municipal Center/Daly Building (MPD Headquarters) and DC Armory were also saved as part of the same campaign.
● I also led the effort to save Anne Archbold Hall on Reservation 13, part of the DC General Hospital complex, and helped communities in Northeast, Northwest and Southwest DC with preservation efforts there.
● I served on the first DC Commemorative Works Committee with fellow mayoral appointee Dorothy Height, wrote the legislation that designated Carter G. Woodson Park and “Duke” Ellington Plaza, and worked to obtain federal funds to erect a statue of Dr. Woodson in Woodson Park.
● As a mayoral appointee to the African American Heritage Trail Advisory Committee, I helped select the over 200 landmarks of local and national importance that comprise the trail, many of which are now marked with plaques explaining their importance.
● I’ve lectured on community development and the prevention of gentrification to students at Howard University, George Washington University and The University of Maryland, College Park.