I have lived in the District of Columbia for more than 22 years. I've lived in wards one, six and three, where I live now, with my wife and three children. All my kids attend DC public schools. I am President of Horizon Communications, a firm I founded in 1989, which serves the political and public interest communities here in Washington. I have over 26 years of experience working in national politics. I have worked on many national and local campaigns including six Democratic Presidential Campaigns. I have served in various capacities at the last seven Democratic National Conventions. In addition to my national experience, I am a former ANC Commissioner (ANC 3E). I have also been a community activist in Ward 3 and am currently the President of the Western Avenue Citizens Association. I have a BA in Political Science and an MA in Public Policy from the University of Maryland.
I am running for the office of shadow senator because I believe I can make a difference at a critical time in our fight for equal rights here in the District of Columbia. Last year a nationwide poll showed that 82 percent of the American people say that they support our right to full representation in Congress. In addition, recent proposed legislation has refocused attention on the issue of voting rights in D.C. Now is the time to make something happen. I believe it is critical that we find ways to bring the millions of American who agree with us into our struggle for equality and statehood. With 26 years of experience working with national political groups, I believe I can play an important role in reaching out to America to build a coalition to support our cause. I am also running because I feel passionate about the issue of equal representation. We pay higher-than-average federal taxes, fight in wars and bear all the same burdens of democracy; in return we are treated like second-class citizens. Our founding fathers didn't intend to disenfranchise 600,000 citizens. It's wrong and it's tim [Response was truncated to maximum response length of 2000 characters.]
At age 52, Mike Brown is married to Patricia E. Brown and has three children: Tricia, 13; Nick, 11; Mary, 8. Michael A. Brown, a third generation Washingtonian, loves his native city with a passion. He grew up in the Ward 4 community, and graduated from Shepherd Elementary School and Mackin Catholic High School (now a part of Archbishop Carroll High School).
BA, political science; MA, public policy; University of Maryland
President, Horizon Communications
Former director of donor development, Democratic National Committee; former administrative director, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; former ANC commissioner (ANC3E); community activist; president, Western Avenue Citizens Association. Also have worked on six Democratic presidential campaigns and served at the past seven Democratic National Conventions.
Former director of donor development, Democratic National Committee; former administrative director, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; former ANC commissioner (ANC3E); community activist; president, Western Avenue Citizens Association; President, Horizon Communications.
full representation in both houses of Congress. We need to have autonomy over our budget; we need to have control over our local legal system; in other words, we need to be like other American citizens -- We need to be equal -- We need to be a state !
This is why I'm running for Shadow Senator
A recent nationwide poll showed that 82% of the American people support our right to full representation. We need to find ways to use this support to put our fight for equal rights on the national agenda. We need to start a revolution and we need to start it today. The battle to secure equal voting rights has become too localized, making it easy for Congress to ignore. To be successful, we need to take our fight to the American people. With 26 years experience in national politics, I can help find creative ways to bring America into our struggle for equality and statehood. Thomas Jefferson said "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights..." The most basic right of our democracy is equal representation. Our founding fathers did not mean to disenfranchise 600,000 loyal citizens when they created Washington. We pay our taxes, we fight in wars, we do everything our country asks of us and more. In return we get treated like second class citizens. It's time to say " No more; this injustice must be fixed. "
Join our grass roots campaign to bring full democracy to DC
I started my campaign with a handfull of volunteers and it's quickly spreading accross Washington. I got more than 62,000 votes in the Democratic Primary Election in September. People are beginning to realize that equal representation in Congress is not just something we deserve; it's also something we need. Every day more and more people are joining our Revolution of ideas; now we need to find ways turn our ideas into action. Join with us in changing the future of Washington, DC and finally fulfilling th [Response was truncated to maximum response length of 2000 characters.]
Source: Candidate Website (10/07/2006)