I am writing to share my support for Anita Bonds in her bid for re-election as an At-Large Member of the Council of the District of Columbia. I was proud to serve on the Council for more than 17 years and during that time had the privilege of getting to know Anita in a number of her capacities; as a staff member in multiple mayoral administrations, the chairperson of ANC 5C, the chair of the D.C. Democratic Party, and as a colleague on the Council.
Anita has always impressed me with her thoughtful, inclusive and balanced approach to public service. From my experience working with her, Anita is guided by a genuine desire to improve the lives of all District residents and to expand opportunities to underserved communities and populations. Like me, she is socially progressive and fiscally responsible.
Well before it was commonplace, Anita was an outspoken and unapologetic ally of the LGBTQ community. Today, she remains a loyal and trusted friend to our community, as evidenced by her legislative record and personal commitment to LGBTQ equality. She recently received a perfect 10 rating from the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance and more votes than any other candidate from the Gertrude Stein Club. In addition, Anita was honored last month at D.C. Black Pride and endorsed by Ruby Corado for her longstanding support of the transgender community.
Our city is well served by Anita’s honest and compassionate representation. She has earned our support for a second term. Please vote for Anita Bonds on June 19.
David Catania is a former D.C. City Council member.