you for visiting our Web site. Over the past few months,
I have been listening and visiting with residents of
our great city to engage them in a discussion about
issues that matter most to them. What I've heard over
and over from District residents is that they, like
me, love this city and their communities. We are all
proud of our history and accomplishments. We all have
a great sense of community.
And we hold great promise for what is to come. But I
also hear that there is uneasiness about our future.
Some segments of the city seem to be doing extremely
well while many others continue on a downward spiral.
The conditions of our public schools, the ever increasing
economic and social divide, the state of our health
care system, affordable workforce housing and D.C. Voting
Rights are what I refer to as the Big Five issues. These
are all issues that seem to be on the minds of our citizens
and are issues we simply cannot wait any longer to solve,
resolve or overcome.
The District of Columbia should not be an ideal city
just for the tourists, or for Congress, or the super
wealthy. Our city should be one in which we can take
pride in every ward, every neighborhood -- a showcase
for our nation. It will take courage on behalf of our
leadership, vision on behalf of our elected officials
and political will on behalf of our city council. But
most of all, it is going to take community empowerment
and individual responsibility for all these issues by
you, your neighbor and your neighbor's neighbor, in
partnership with our elected officials-excellence in
leadership, servant leadership, collective leadership.
Together, we all have the power to change, the power
to lead, and the power to transform the District of
In the coming months, I will continue on my "Listening
Tour" of our great city and its neighborhoods,
citizens' associations and civic associations to get
input and feedback on what you think is working and
not working. I'll use this Web site to report to you
what I'm learning, what I'm hearing and some of my thoughts
on how we continue to make this city great.
And also, please take the opportunity to sign up for
"The Bolden Report," my periodic newsletter
to learn my positions and proposed resolutions to addressing
the "Big Five" issues confronting our great
city and about happenings in the District.
A. Scott Bolden
Bolden 2006 Campaign