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June 6, 2018

Aaron Myers: Endorsements for DC 2018 Elections

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As an entertainer, I do my best to advocate for my audiences both on stage and off.  While I try to provide good music and entertainment, I try to also stay abreast of what is going on in our community, and those leaders who listen and offer solutions.
This is the first time my endorsement includes all incumbents, something that I usually try not to do.  But in this case, I’ve looked over the opposition and the track records of those who are currently in office…and I proudly stand by these people.  After this election, if these people do a poor job, I will endorse others in the next election, but I stand confident that these individuals are what’s needed for DC right now.
Before getting to my endorsements, I would like to share my disappointment in WAMU 88.5FM discontinuing it’s Saturday Night Jazz series.  The announcement came as a blow to many people who listen to Jazz, but moreover to those who professionally play, produce, and work in the Jazz genre.  There is a petition => https://www.change.org/p/wamu-radio-save-hot-jazz-saturday-night     to save the lineup, that I encourage all to sign.  However, if WAMU does not support Jazz, please consider supporting a station that does, like WPFW.  They are a member supported station focusing on Jazz & Justice, please give them your support here => http://wpfwfm.org/radio/support-us/donate
Today, June 6th, I endorse:
Brianne Nadeau for Ward 1 Council Seat
Over the last few years, I’ve had the task of reaching out to the council for various reasons.  When it came to Jazz Preservation, Brianne did not hesitate to help draft the legislation and present it to the council.  Whenever I’ve emailed her office (or her directly) before the end of the day I’ve received a response, and often times, help or understanding of how to proceed.  She happens to be my council member, and I can attest to walking to the store or driving by a cookout, and seeing her present within our neighborhood.  As of late, she’s paved the way for many mothers who now can hold office on the council, and not feel restricted, bringing the Wilson Building into the 21st century.  I proudly endorse her.
Anita Bonds for At Large Council Seat
The first time I went to Anita Bonds’ office, not only was I helped, but I was reassured that DC had a council member who cared in the Wilson Building.   Ones staff is a reflection of the member, and I’ve watched on many occasions her staff not stop until an answer (whether good or bad) was discovered.  When discussing Women’s issues, or the issues on aging, I’ve seen a genuine care.  Personally, knowing that someone saw the plight of LGBTQ homeless youth, and decided to ensure legislation would tackle shelters and interagency coordination to tackle the issue, means a lot.  I’ve seen first hand how this has helped many people including artist housing needs, something that she’s advocated for and is often overlooked.   I proudly endorse her.
Phil Mendelson – Council Chair
During budget season…council-members hide (to a degree).  Every email, phone call, and office “drop-by” usually is attached with a budget request…that is urgent!  Naturally, walking from their office to the elevator becomes more brisk, or to their car, or while they’re in the supermarket even.  Phil Mendelson doesn’t run…nor does he blow smoke, which is something that I appreciate more than anything.  Someone who is well aware of what the budget needs are of the city, and is open to discussing solutions, and realistic timelines…is a breath of fresh air.  Chairing the council isn’t an easy job, and it takes someone who will not run from you, or feed you a load of bs…you need someone who will be real with you, and earnestly advocate for you where they can.  Although this sounds simple enough and easy enough, it doesn’t always happen…but Phil Mendelson makes it happen.  I proudly endorse him.
Muriel Bowser – Mayor
As a creative, I have seen DC become a destination for creatives.  Whether it’s in the arts or food or IT, people have noticed that DC is a place where creatives can make a way for themselves, and I believe Muriel Bowser is helping to shape that vision for the District.  From the Amazon Bid, to Made in DC, to 202Creates, this Mayor has said that she wants DC to be on the map in all aspects of the creative space, and this is something I can support wholeheartedly.  With this endorsement, I encourage Mayor Bowser to expand her focus to artist housing and city assistance towards creative entrepreneurship.  I’ve met with her staff, presented my concerns and solutions, and I actively see them implemented in a way that it benefits the creative community and the city as a whole.  I proudly endorse her.
VOTE NO on Initiative #77
Under the current system, the tip credit guarantees that servers and bartenders receive the minimum wage but enables tipped employees to earn well above the minimum wage,typically somewhere between $20-40 an hour. Initiative 77 would eliminate the tip credit and upend this system, harming servers and bartenders across the District.  Visit www.saveourtips.com for more information.
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July 27, 2010

Another Year & Another Endorsement

Waking up this morning felt quite awkward!  For years I have been plagued by 5 simple words…”You have an old soul”!  Being raised in the south (East Texas by the Trinity River) and having been influenced by my grandparents (both in their late 90′ s and have been married for 70 years) one could say that I’ve picked up some old habits, traits, mannerisms, and a love for “The Golden Girls!”.

Anyone who knows me knows that I have worked in many different capacities, in many different states, doing many different jobs.  One thing that I learned early on though, was that it was hard for many people to take a young man so seriously, especially someone who has crammed what some would consider 20 years worth of work into my short lifespan.  So, I made a decision!  If anyone were to ask how old I was…I would state that I was 27 years old.  I was okay with this, and it seemed to put some people at ease.  Once we created a successful working relationship with each other, I would usually tell them how old I was…and they would be amazed.  This was 5 years ago.

This Morning I woke up…and finally figured out what 27 years old felt like;  and it feels pretty damn good!  Scary…but good. 

There are some things that I have learned in these 27 years, but one thing that I have learned for sure, and am learning more and more each day, is to trust my GUT!  For years I second guessed what I felt would be right, or a proper choice, but for the last few years, I have made great personal strides by learning to trust my intuition…and I am a better person for it.

It is because of this experience that I make the following announcement:

I, Aaron L. Myers, II, former Mayoral Candidate, Obama Field Organizer, and Global Family Day National Director, formally announce my endorsement in support of Adrian Fenty for Mayor of Washington DC.  Not only do I believe he has done a superb job during his tenure as mayor, but I am convinced that if given the opportunity, he will be able to see his initiative through to completion; and it is these initiatives that I believe will best serve the citizens in the District of Columbia.

Last night I had the privilege of attending a WIN (Washington Interfaith Network) candidate forum, where I had a chance to hear what each candidate had to say.  It was at this forum last night, where Vincent Gray convinced me that he was not the man for the Job.  Last night Vince Gray mentioned that he had stood before the organization many times, he also mentioned what he thought was going wrong in the District of Columbia.  He even offered support for the initiatives for WIN.  What he did NOT do, was show how his verbal support translated in tangible cooperation with the organization in the past.  A gifted wordsmith, I am convinced that Vince Gray is a verbal candidate only, and that Adrian Fenty has a track record of proving that his actions match his rhetoric!

So as I celebrate my special day on today, and prepare for the Aaron L. Myers, II Gala on Saturday July 31st, where we will raise money for the Human Rights Campaign, I offer this endorsement to a good man, a proven leader, and the next Mayor of the District of Columbia, Adrian Fenty.

“I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.” ~ Fredrick Douglass

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