Vows to Restore Confidence to D.C. Council and Elected Officials
On Wednesday, January 18, Ward 5’s Kenyan McDuffie officially filed with the D.C. Board of Elections to fill the Ward 5 Council seat vacated recently by Councilmember Harry Thomas. McDuffie is the first candidate to file, citing an urgency to restore the confidence of Ward 5 residents in the D.C. Council and its elected officials.
“Ward 5 is in a crisis and politics as usual is no longer going to cut it. Ward 5 needs to bring accountability back to the position,” McDuffie said. “What I would bring to the Wilson Building I have learned here in Ward 5 and they are lessons that have grounded me and made me the man I am today.”
McDuffie is a third-generation Washingtonian and native of Ward 5. Raised in a working-class family of six in the Stronghold/Edgewood neighborhood of Northeast, McDuffie learned early the importance of family, and the tenets of hard work, education, perseverance, and public service; each of which figure prominently into his election platform.
“These are values that my wife, Princess, and I, have committed to instilling in our two daughters, Jozi and Kesi, and ones that I believe are shared by the great residents of Ward 5. It is simply time that we, as a Ward, get back to the business at hand, which is advocating for decent housing, livable wages, competitive and compassionate educational standards, and accountability in the D.C. Council to ensure their fruition,” McDuffie said.
Kenyan attended Woodrow Wilson High School, and shortly after graduating, he began working as a Letter Carrier for the U.S. Postal Service. Driven by an ambition to deepen the service he provided for his community, Kenyan later resigned and enrolled in college to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Community Development. He excelled academically, and eventually graduated Summa Cum Laude from Howard University.
After college, Kenyan began his career in public service by accepting an opportunity to work as an aide for Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District’s Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives. Assisting members of the community in their attempt to resolve concerns with federal agencies ultimately influenced Kenyan’s decision to earn his law degree from the University of Maryland. More recently, he served as a policy advisor to the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice, and assisted in the shaping of legislation that will ensure better public safety standards in the District of Columbia.
Throughout his career, Kenyan has developed a comprehensive understanding of the local and federal governmental process. For more than a decade, he has dedicated his profession to improving the quality of life for others. He is a proven community leader whose campaign is committed to the success of Ward 5’s future.
Kenyan and his wife, Princess, reside in his childhood home on North Capitol Street with their daughters, Jozi and Kesi.