When you think about great political debates, it’s very rare that any would occur like the confrontation between Mayor Bowser and her three opposers from the Democratic party. Of course, it wasn’t totally peaceful, possibly being due to the controversial subject matter. Running for Mayor is a difficult task. The virtual debate was held for about 90 minutes.
And each of the candidates had plenty to discuss. Of course, there are plenty of problems that are occurring in the current landscape. From surging crime and violence to the lack of affordable housing, to broader matters like the city’s re-emergence from more than two years of pandemic struggle.
The debate had been hosted by the DC Office of Campaign Finance. During the debate, there were several revealing moments. For instance, Robert C White Jr. had attacked Bowser’s position on education, therefore shining a light on what happens to be a very wide learning gap for plenty of the students in the school district.
This is what he said: “The mayor is trying to convince us that we only have two options on education: the system 15 years ago that was failing students or the system now that is failing students As the father of two Black girls, looking at a system where 60 percent of Black and Brown students are behind grade level, I’m hearing the mayor saying that we are doing good enough, and I am insisting to you that we are not.”
There are stark lines being drawn in the sand.
Robert White had been raising about $1.4 million within the mayoral race, closely following Bowser’s $3.7 million. Whereas Trayon White Sr. had only just raised about $50,000.
While Trayon White, Bowser and Butler favor the presence of police officers in the schools, Robert White is opposed and he defended the council’s vote to remove police from schools.
Trayon White and Robert White are not related.
Another area where 1 candidate stood in contrast to the other three is a home for the Washington Commanders football team.
“I am for bringing the team to D.C.,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser, who has offered the land where RFK Stadium stands for the team to build a new facility. While Trayon White and James Butler also favor returning the NFL franchise to the city, Robert White is opposed.
“The most urgent need in our city is for housing. And so when we have large parcels of land the best use for that land is not a professional football stadium for teams that play 8 home games a year,” White said.