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Two Ward 7 Candidate Forums Saturday

Two Ward 7 Candidate Forums will be held Saturday, April 13 in different parts of Ward 7. They follow that held by the Ward 7 Democrats, held March 23.

At 2 p.m., Saturday, April 13 at 2 p.m. the candidates will face one another at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church (1636 East Capitol St. NE). Parking is available across the street.

Earlier the same day, the Hill East Civic Association (HECA) will host a forum in two panels from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13 at St. Coletta of Greater Washington (1901 Independence Ave. SE).

Ambrose Lane, Jr., who will moderate the 2 p.m. forum at Mt. Moriah, says this is a unique election for Ward 7. “This is a transition in leadership for the first time. For the last almost thirteen years, there’s really only been three councilmembers –and the last two have been around for quite some time.”

Lane made the comments to East of the River reporter Elizabeth O’Gorek on his WPFW radio show, “To the East”.

“Most of the leadership who are running are younger,” Lane said of the 2024 race. “The person who ends of winning –if they do well, they’ll probably end up being a councilmember for a long time.”

The forum is sponsored by a host of 29 organizations, led by the Million Man Vote, the DC Chapter of the NAACP, the DC Democratic Black Caucus, Ward 7 Eduation Council, the Anacostia Coordinating Council (ACC) and the National Action Network.

The coalition is also sponsoring a Ward 8 forum April 20 at Living Word Church and an At-Large forum May 4 at Bethesda Baptist Church. See the full list below.

Image: Million Man Vote

Hill East Forum

Earlier the same day, the Hill East Civic Association (HECA) invites Ward 7 residents to participate in a Ward 7 Councilmember Candidate forum to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13 at St. Coletta of Greater Washington (1901 Independence Ave. SE).

The forum will focus on Ward and District issues that are important to residents of Hill East, including on topics such as:

  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Transportation
  • Public Safety
  • Cross-River Ward Unity

Several questions will be preselected from a list of questions submitted by members of the Hill East neighborhood. Find a link to RSVP and submit questions here starting April 6, or email questions to

The forum will be moderated by Andrew Lightman, Managing Editor of Capital Community News (publisher of Hill Rag and East of the River community newspapers).

Candidates who participated in the recent Ward 7 Democrats Candidate Forum have been invited to this event. Initees to those panels have been organized according to forum straw poll results and fundraising to-date.

Event rules are uniform and will be announced at the start of each panel. Panel 1 will begin at 10:15 a.m. and run until noon.

After a fifteen minute intermission,  Panel 2 will begin at 12:15 p.m. and end at 2 p.m.

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10:15 a.m. – Panel 1 (listed alphabetically):

  • Kelvin Brown
  • Wendell Felder
  • Ebony Payne
  • Veda Rasheed
  • Eboni-Rose Thompson

12:15 p.m. – Panel 2

  • Ebon A. Allen
  • Nate Fleming
  • Roscoe Grant, Jr.
  • Villareal VJ Johnson II
  • Denise Reed

Formed in 2022, the Hill East Civic Association is dedicated to diverse and representative engagement on matters critical to the social, cultural, economic and general welfare of the Hill East community. Learn more at


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