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Metro Brief: David Grosso runs for at-large seat on City Council

On September 27, 2011

On September 17, before an enthusiastic crowd of supporters from across the District, David Grosso launched his campaign for an At-Large seat on the D.C. city council. Grosso, a native of the District, is running as an Independent and promises to advocate for sweeping budget and ethics reforms. He is committed to tackling social and economic challenges, including the continuation of school reform and reducing the spread of HIV, which is plaguing our city.

In an impassioned speech at Colonel Brooks Tavern in his home neighborhood of Brookland, Grosso explained his motivation to serve as a council member for all D.C. residents: "I am running because we need a fresh voice; because I want to revolutionize how the city spends money, demand that school reform continues, and work to improve our local economy." Grosso indicated that his first bill would be a sweeping ethics-reform law. "We need to rid city government of the embarrassing distractions that keep finding their way to the pages of the newspapers and to the desk of the federal prosecutor," he said.

Grosso concluded his remarks by declaring: "D.C. may be the nation's capital, but it's our hometown. I will fight every day to ensure that the D.C. government represents all D.C. residents; that the rights of every person are respected; and that this country's capital can rise to even greater heights."

Sharon Ambrose, former D.C. Council Member (D-Ward 6) and chair of Grosso's campaign, said, "David represents a new breed of Washingtonians. He is running for the best possible reason—service to others—and brings to the job deep experience from his work in the Council and the Congress."

Grosso is a graduate of Georgetown Law and a former staff member for council member Ambrose. He also served as the committee clerk for the city's Economic and Development Committee. After six years serving the City Council, he went on to be Chief Counsel for Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton. He currently works for CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield implementing President Obama's federal health care reform in the D.C. metropolitan region.

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