Justin McCarthy

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Justin McCarthy

Advisory Neighborhood Commission effort

Socialist candidates appeared on the 2018 ballots for Advisory Neighborhood Commission seats in five of the District of Columbia’s eight wards. It’s the largest election push by the Democratic Socialists of America in any city in the country.

“For me, socialism is someone who doesn’t want to be controlled by politics or the typical political standards,” said Jewel Stroman, a candidate running for an ANC seat in Southeast Washington. “Socialists just think that the people should run the system, that the people should have a bigger voice. And I agree; we should have the biggest voice in these decisions that are made about our lives.”

Jewel Stroman, candidate for a Ward 7 Advisory Neighborhood Commission seat, talks with fellow Democratic Socialists of America members Justin McCarthy and Kim Lehmkuhl after participating in a candidates’ forum at the DC Dream Center.