Thursday, January 21, 2016

Meet the First Challenger for Ward 8 Council Race: Aaron J. Holmes

Nothing beats a semi-snow day to catch up on Ward 8 news! The Advoc8te is pleased to present the first challenger to the Ward 8 Council seat, Aaron J. Holmes. Mr. Holmes announced his candidacy for the Ward 8 council seat with a speech on MLK Day at the R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center in Congress Heights. Including video of the full announcement below. To learn more about Mr. Holmes visit his website: or follow him on Facebook or Twitter

“Newspapers and textbooks highlight the celebrated few, but it is populations that create change. We must come together around the ideas that move our ward, and this great city, forward. And exercise our democratic right against those which hold us back. Challenging leadership that runs on making public transportation free for kids, then turns its back on those very same children by pushing for harsher penalties on crimes committed on Metro — leadership that points fingers at other officials instead of fighting for the type of neighborhood schools that would negate the need to rely on Metro in the first place. We can do better. We can do much better than laws that fortify thinly veiled stereotypes, allowing the actions of so few to blacken the eyes of so many.

Together we must explode stereotypes that prevent this great city from meeting its greatest challenges with its full complement of talent. We must eradicate stereotypes that unfairly paint a picture of a recent graduate who puts a Ward 8 address on a resume, or a college student standing at an ATM. An address within Ward 8 is a badge of honor! We need to make that clear to all. We are products of families dedicated to top tier education and professional achievement. We need an effective advocate. I am that advocate.”

-Aaron Holmes
Ward 8 Council Candidate

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great speech. Looking forward to learning more about him.