The United States is currently facing a multitude of issues, from the COVID-19 pandemic to economic aid, climate change, and racial equity. President Biden has promised to take decisive action and provide immediate relief to American families. He is taking steps to contain the virus, reopen schools and businesses safely, and target communities that have been most affected by the pandemic. The Biden-Harris plan also includes a national vaccination program to inoculate the US population, as well as measures to address inequalities in the economy and provide relief to those struggling during the pandemic.
The American Rescue Plan will change the course of the pandemic, build a bridge to economic recovery, and invest in racial justice. It will also rebuild our economy after the pandemic and create millions of jobs by strengthening small businesses and investing in the jobs of the future. President Biden is also recommitting to protecting and expanding Americans' access to affordable, quality healthcare. He will build on the Affordable Care Act to meet the health care needs created by the pandemic, reduce healthcare costs, and make our healthcare system less complex to navigate.
In addition, President Biden is reforming our chaotic and broken immigration system. His strategy focuses on creating a fair and orderly immigration system that welcomes immigrants, keeps families together, and allows people from all over the country to contribute more fully to our country. He is also taking steps to restore America's position in the world by strengthening our national security workforce, rebuilding democratic alliances around the world, defending our values and human rights, and equipping our middle class to succeed in a global economy. On Tuesday, Washington DC residents will cast their ballots for mayor, various council seats, and whether workers who receive tips should receive the full minimum wage.
Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) is likely to win a third term as mayor, while other contests are more competitive. Initiative 82 would require employers to pay tipped workers the full minimum wage - a subject of heated debate. Other positions on the ballot include DC Representative and alternative representative, several positions on the State Board of Education, and positions in the hyperlocal Neighborhood Advisory Commission. Mayor Bowser's candidacy has been about “purpose rather than popularity”.
The most contested race is for two general seats on the council, in which there are three board members among eight candidates. In District 1, Democratic incumbent Brianne K. McDuffie is running as an independent after being declared unqualified to run for attorney general in the Democratic primary. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) is running for re-election against Republican Nate Derenge and DC resident Kenyan R.
In District 3, Matthew Frumin - who won a competitive Democratic primary - is running against Republican David Krucoff who received The Washington Post's editorial board endorsement. In District 5, Zachary Parker - former school board member who won a competitive Democratic primary - faces Republican Clarence Lee Jr. Charles Allen (D-Ward) has no opposition. Residents can vote at any polling center in DC regardless of their address. A full list of voting centers can be found online.
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