Markus Batchelor to Announce Run for Ward 8 Council Seat

Markus Batchelor, considered one of Ward 8’s youngest political leaders, stated he’ll throw his hat within the ring for the Ward 8 D.C. Council seat.

Batchelor instructed The Informer he’ll submit paperwork this week to D.C. Board of Elections to run within the D.C. Workplace of Marketing campaign Finance’s Honest Elections Program. Meaning he can entry matching public marketing campaign funds upon accumulating not more than $50 in particular person marketing campaign contributions. 

Batchelor, a former advisory neighborhood commissioner who represented Ward 8 on the State Board of Schooling and within the Bowser administration, stated that he desires to be on the D.C. Council at a time when Ward 8 is changing into extra of a focus in conversations about financial growth. 

In espousing his candidacy, Batchelor stated he can bridge socioeconomic and racial divides in an more and more altering ward whereas engaged on the D.C. Council to safe seven votes for laws that reinforces public security, strengthens Protected Passage applications, directs sources, and will increase housing affordability in Ward 8. 

“In so some ways, this is without doubt one of the final alternatives on a grand scale that D.C. has to get people-centered public coverage proper,” stated Batchelor, who at present serves because the nationwide political director for Individuals For the American Means, a nonprofit and progressive advocacy group. “Financial growth is right here however [so are] the disparities. What can we get for the individuals who made the District vibrant and enticing and deserve that fairness?” he added. 

Batchelor’s marketing campaign crew consists of social impression strategist Johnathan Hill who’s serving as marketing campaign supervisor.  

Marketing campaign co-chairs embody advisory neighborhood commissioners the Rev. Wendy Hamilton and Rick Murphree, civic chief Kemry Hughes, and educator Karen Lee. Batchelor instructed The Informer that every individual, and others that he’ll carry into the fold throughout the coming weeks, characterize a broad coalition that not solely highlights the variety of Ward 8 however the frequent will to enhance the standard of life and providers in its communities. 

“The redistricting goes to be the extent set for our politics — whether or not we will come collectively for the frequent imaginative and prescient or be divided by race and revenue,” Batchelor stated. “We'd like management that may say they're dedicated and might work earnestly in workplace to construct that neighborhood.” 

Batchelor now joins Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Salim Adofo and educator-thought leader-advocate Rahman Department within the operating for the Ward 8 D.C. Council seat. 

Although Ward 8 D.C. Council member Trayon White (D) alluded to an exploration of a third-term candidacy earlier this yr whereas talking with The Informer, he hasn’t filed the paperwork for his re-election marketing campaign, in keeping with the D.C. Workplace of Marketing campaign Finance. 

For many years, Ward 8 has included historic Anacostia, Congress Heights, Washington Highlands and Bellevue, together with federal establishments and miles of inexperienced house. This jurisdiction, cordoned off from the remainder of the District, has developed a popularity as probably the most impoverished ward in D.C. 

It’s additionally a spot experiencing disparities within the realms of well being, public transportation, meals safety, and public security.  

As a consequence of a redistricting course of that introduced the principally white, prosperous neighborhood of Navy Yard into Ward 8, Navy Yard residents will be capable of vote for the Ward 8 council member in 2024. 

Council member White, earlier this yr, instructed The Informer that, for the reason that boundary adjustments went into impact, he has engaged his new constituents on problems with significance to them, together with public security and libraries and recreation facilities. 

Hamilton, a Bellevue resident, stated she desires the Ward 8 council consultant in 2024 and past to take related steps to interact residents on each side of the Frederick Douglass Bridge. She instructed The Informer that, effectively earlier than Navy Yard got here into the combination, Bellevue residents struggled for recognition amid the shutdown of pharmacies, banks and grocery shops. 

In talking about Batchelor, Hamilton touted what she described as Bachelor’s readability concerning the points affecting Ward 8 residents. She additionally expressed confidence in his capacity to work with varied folks on the council and different realms to craft and cross laws of direct profit to constituents. 

“It’s clear that Ward 8 is rising and the demographics counsel that it's going to proceed to develop, so we want a council member who can cope with the dynamics that brings economically,” Hamilton stated. 

“We don’t need an higher Ward 8 and decrease Ward 8, we would like one Ward 8. We wish to be sure that we’re constructing relationships and spending time [to make sure] these investments which might be being made in Ward 8 are being unfold equitably.”