At-large D.C. Council member Robert White announced his campaign to be the District’s mayor Wednesday, becoming the first high-profile candidate to throw their hat in the ring for 2022.
White, a Democrat who was first sworn in to the Council in 2016, announced his campaign via Twitter and will hold a campaign kickoff event Thursday with D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine. White said in a statement that his campaign will focus on fighting education inequality and poverty in the District.
“Imagine instead a city where we fight against education inequality and poverty with ambitious goals and clear accountability,” White said in the statement. “Imagine a city where no resident feels like an inconvenience to our government, but rather a partner; an ally fighting arm-in-arm to solve problems and build opportunities.”
Ward 8 Council member Trayon White has floated plans to enter the race, Washington City Paper reported. He has not yet filed paperwork to run.
Robert White authored bills that granted the right to vote to D.C. residents who had been imprisoned for felony offenses and established a program that pays housing developers to convert rental units into affordable housing throughout the District.
“We know D.C.’s promise. It’s time to make it real,” he said. “As mayor, rooted in the community that raised me, I will take on the tough fights so that government works the same for everyday people as it does for the wealthy and well-connected.”