Vote to Re-Elect Brooke Pinto

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Brooke Pinto
Brooke Pinto

Councilmember Brooke Pinto was sworn in to the DC Council as the first woman to represent Ward 2 and the youngest Councilmember in history on June 27th, 2020. Brooke has been a conscientious, engaged, and pragmatic Councilmember -- which is why most voters are confident she will win her re-election campaign. Brooke won the Democratic primary in June against an unusually crowded field of candidates. She also won the special election with a significant margin earning 42% of the vote in an 7-way race and has been serving in her six month term with vigor and insight. 

 

In her first four months on the Council, she hit the ground running as The Washington Post suggested she would in their endorsement. Her background as both a tax attorney working in the Office of the Attorney General for the District as well as her experience as Assistant Attorney General for Policy and Legislative Affairs was fully on display as she maneuvered during the budget process to secure benefits for Ward 2. Since Jack Evans resigned as the Councilmember in January of 2020, Ward 2 had been without representation on the Council. Pinto has made serious inroads to partially correct that situation in the last 100 days. 

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Over the summer, Brooke has worked to expand streateries around the Ward, and co-introduced legislation with Councilmember McDuffie to extend streateries through December, 2021 and to strengthen the District’s protections for minority owned businesses. She has appeared at dozens of committee hearings, even offering thoughtful questions and reasoned analysis for committees that she does not serve on and when asked how she makes time, she noted: “it is important to me to participate in as many of the Committees as possible from health, to housing, to labor, to business and economic development, the challenges our neighbors are facing are interrelated and intersectional and providing a holistic approach to meet their needs is of central importance to me.” 

 

Brooke has been lauded for being collaborative and thoughtful in her service so far, offering both a forward-looking, new lens while being grounded in the practical realities of what is possible. 

 

As the Democratic nominee running for re-election, she is all but guaranteed to win her re-election; however, when asked if she is still campaigning she responded “I do not take any vote for granted. My number one responsibility is to work every day on behalf of DC residents, but I am still asking voters to put their faith and trust in me again so I can continue working on their behalf for the next four years.” 

 

The community is so relieved to have a new, fresh, reasonable, passionate, and positive voice on the Council. It has been disappointing to see three opponents get in the race and casting unfounded, vitriolic personal attacks on Brooke as they try to gain traction by potentially spreading misinformation and baseless accusations to try and influence voters. Some of these tactics appear to be right out of the Trump playbook of doubling down on a lie, after it is told, by repeating it multiple times on social media. Some of the news reporting on this is curious at best. It is disheartening that her few detractors online have to drag Ward 2 voters down to their level of dishonest politics. 

 

Councilmember Pinto, as the leader she is, has been staying positive and focused on helping the residents of Ward 2 recover from the devastating effects of COVID-19. “Voters in Ward 2 do not want to see Trumpean, divisive politics in our local government; the needs are too great and I am laser focused on supporting our neighborhoods as we work to get our kids back to school, support our small businesses, and providing relief to our workers who have lost their jobs and are struggling to pay their rent.” 

 

When asked about the race, Attorney General Karl Racine said: “While her opponents continue to attack her, Councilmember Pinto continues to focus on the important issues that confront Ward 2 and the District. Indeed, she has already established herself as a smart, thoughtful, hardworking elected official who listens carefully to her constituents and makes sensible decisions on their behalf. I am confident that Ward 2 residents will elect Brooke to a full term in November.” 

  

While almost one third of voters have already voted by mail, in-person voting is open throughout the District from October 27th - November 3rd. You can find out where to vote here.

 

Let’s denounce these negative tactics and vote to re-elect Councilmember Brooke Pinto

10 Comments For This Article

Alex

My neighbors and I are enthusiastically supporting Brooke! She is clearly hard working and has been very responsive. The nasty tactics of her opponents seem desperate and are not what we want from a Ward 2 representative. Imagine if they put all that energy into something productive like I don't know...getting Trump out of office?!

Longtime Georgetown Resident

While I am thrilled our community has a new voice, Brooke is not the right one. She has proven consistently that she does not know the ward. She is not supportive of bike lanes or bus lanes. She has not taken a stand on reinstatement of School Without Walls principal who was removed for insisting more protections before reopening schools. Randy Downs may be too progressive for many in Georgetown but he has lived & worked in Ward 2 for over 13 years. He knows to issues. I think we would be better served with making a change now.

Brooke Pinto

Hello longtime Georgetown resident -- I am sorry to hear you haven't been pleased with my service on the Council so far. I work as hard as I can every day to represent our entire community fairly, so please always feel free to reach out to me if you have a question, concern, or idea: bpinto@dccouncil.us I do want to note a couple of things about your posting.

First, I am absolutely supportive of bike lanes and have been working with DDOT on the development of bike lanes on 20th/21st street and 17th street. I am not sure where the false narrative began that I am not in favor of bike lanes.

Second, I am absolutely supportive of accessible and affordable bus routes and have raised these issues to our partners at WMATA and DDOT and made this a clear priority and will continue to fight for increased service and quicker rides. There was a proposed car-free lane on 7th street that DDOT decided to delay due to COVID-19 and the need of our small businesses to have access to that sidewalk space. We are working now to see if there is a compromise available to still build more bus routes.

Third, I wrote a letter to DCPS right after Principal Trogisch was abruptly dismissed. Six of my colleagues joined the letter demanding more answers and transparency from DCPS around the dismissal. I have been working with all of our education partners, families, parents, and students on daily basis on this effort and have been to both SWW/SWWFS and spoken with Principal Trogisch about the matter.

Fourth, I appreciate all of our neighbors who serve our community. I believe a suggestion that I don't know the Ward is a confusing one. I have worked on behalf of the city as a lawyer in the Office of the Attorney General for the last few years, was a student at Georgetown Law (just over the border!) and have been involved with many different local organizations for many years. I have been serving as the Councilmember representing Ward 2 since June and have met with thousands of DC residents, businesses, and institutions. Respectfully, I believe the opponent you are supporting has lived in DC for two years longer than I have.

As always, please always feel free to reach out should you have any questions!

My best,
Brooke
bpinto@dccouncil.us

Burleith

Brooke, how come you did not vote in DC until you ran? And how come you were working an excepted service job at OAG (which requires DC residency) and voting in Connecticut at the same time? Isn’t it illegal to vote where you don’t live while claiming primary residency elsewhere, or to work in an excepted service role when you don’t domicile in DC?

Brooke Pinto

Thank you, Burleith -- I grew up in Connecticut and was working for Senator Blumenthal (D-CT) on the Hill and wanted to vote for him for his re-election campaign. When I was serving as a tax lawyer representing the Office of Tax and Revenue, it was for a fellowship so was a temporary job for one year. Once I was offered my full time (excepted service) job as the Assistant Attorney General for Policy and Legislative Affairs, I became registered to vote in DC. The registration had nothing to do with my running for office, it happened over a year before I got in the race.

Ultimately, it was not illegal that I was registered in CT, but I do wish that I had registered in DC sooner. DC is my home and local elections are incredibly important. If I could go back in time, I would register as soon as I entered law school at Georgetown; however, I can tell you I will be registered here for the rest of my life.

My best,
Brooke

Burleith

Hi Brooke - I appreciate the explanation, but to be clear, Sen. Blumenthal was last up for re-election in 2016, and you voted in Connecticut in November 2018, while claiming a DC domicile for the excepted service fellowship? It is my understanding voting in CT while not a resident and having no intention to return is a Class D felony and councilmembers convicted of felonies in office are automatically banned from serving. Can you explain why we should give you our vote and assume the risk that CT could prosecute you for this violation?

Sunny

It is good to see a Councilmember taking direct questions! Brooke, in a recent article (maybe Washington Post? DCist?) you said you didn't understand why Trump-endorsed, anti-gay, anti-choice Bill Schuette gave money to your campaign, but it is widely publicized that your family gave him nearly $20,000 in his bid for Michigan Governor. Will you please explain that? This cannot be coincidence.

Brooke Pinto

Burleith -- as I was a student and then in temporary roles working for a court and as a fellow, I was not violating any laws in CT, DC, or anywhere else. Once I was offered a full time job and knew that I was secure to stay in the District, I became registered to vote.

Sunny -- I am always available to folks for questions and you should always feel free to email me at bpinto@dccouncil.us if you have a question or concern. Regarding Mr. Schuette, my parents are people who believe in the political process and support folks running for office all around the country. It certainly is possible that Mr. Schuette was aware of my campaign due to previous contributions from my parents. It then came to my attention what his views were on LGTBQ+ rights and did not feel they aligned with my values and as a leader of our community, I wanted to make sure I was very clear that those are not our values and so I returned his contribution. I will also note, I am an adult. I stand for my own actions. I have never contributed to Mr. Schuette. I believe I have only ever contributed or supported Democrats and hope that I will be judged based upon my actions and not the actions of others.

Burleith

I appreciate the explanation! So prior to your time on the DC Council, you had only one year of full-time work experience?

Brooke Pinto

No, I have worked in the hospitality industry, in hotels, restaurants, a senior living community and managed a frozen yogurt shop. I have worked on Capitol Hill, for the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, as a tax attorney, and Assistant Attorney General. I believe my broad myriad of experiences in multiple industries and working on behalf of District residents equips me to do my job most effectively.