WHY VOTE FOR DESIREE T WASHINGTON FOR LA COUNTY SUPERVISOR
Many would have you believe that only career and dynastic politicians can run governments. The establishment press will often cry about the new candidate: “she doesn’t have experience” or “we’ve never heard of him.” But the truth is lawyers are made for politics. In fact, a lawyer’s job directly trains them for a role in politics should they chose it. Lawyers represent clients in civil or criminal trial and present evidence for their defense. They also advise their clients on their legal rights or obligations and counsel them on the best way to precede according to their legal circumstances. These duties are not unlike the role of a County Supervisor, who should advocate for the welfare and interests of her constituents over those of outside special interests.
In the 4th District, we have seen LA County Supervisors disregard the wishes of their tax paying constituents by trying to build homeless shelters in areas ill-suited for them, in raising taxes to support projects that are then mismanaged, in green-lighting over-development and threatening the architectural and cultural continuity of communities, in encouraging the wholesale disregard of the rule of law by promoting sanctuary status in Los Angeles County, and in supporting overly-restrictive gun controls. In short, LA County has become undone by career politicians, not by lawyers.
My pledge to you as a lawyer: I will represent you at the county level, placing your interests above those of outside special interests. I will provide counsel. I will look out for your best interests. This is why you should vote for me for Los Angeles County Supervisor.
As an aside, we’ve had 26 Lawyers as President:
America’s 26 Lawyer-Presidents
John Adams (1797-1801)
Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809)
James Monroe (1817-1825)
John Quincy Adams (1825-1829)
Andrew Jackson (1829-1837)
Martin Van Buren (1837-1841)
John Tyler (1841-1845)
James Knox Polk (1845-1849)
Millard Fillmore (1850-1853)
Franklin Pierce (1853-1857)
James Buchanan (1857-1861)
Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865)
Rutherford B. Hayes (1877-1881)
James A. Garfield (1881)
Chester A. Arthur (1881-1885)
Grover Cleveland (1885-1889 and 1893-1897)
Benjamin Harrison (1889-1893)
William McKinley (1897-1901)
William Howard Taft (1909-1913)
Woodrow Wilson (1913-1921)
Calvin Coolidge (1923-1929)
Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1933-1945)
Richard M. Nixon (1969-1974)
Gerald R. Ford (1974-1977)
William Jefferson Clinton (1993-2001)
Barack Obama (2008-2016)
For a more detailed review of our Lawyer-Presidents, check out this article by the American Bar Association.
For over 20 years, Desiree T. Washington has called Los Angeles County her home, but her civic-mindedness took root in Chicago where she was raised. She grew up in Roseland on Chicago's Southside, daughter to a kindergarten school teacher, granddaughter to long-time workers for American Can Company. Her family thrived on Chicago's then vibrant Southside, becoming property owners who regularly engaged in civic life, forming block clubs, spearheading voter registration drives and acting as poll-workers.
Desiree T. Washington's parents and grandparents attended public schools, obtaining quality American educations. However, as the public school system began to deteriorate, her family decided to place Desiree in private schools.
Raised in a family of Roman Catholics, Desiree T. Washington attended Catholic schools where she developed a strong moral compass and a reverence for life and liberty. She formed musical groups, joined Junior Achievement, became a photographer/journalist and, ultimately, the Arts and Entertainment editor for New Expression Newspaper, a youth-led media organization created by Youth Communication in Chicago to foster positive teen self expression, stimulate youth imagination and self-actualization.
In law school, Desiree T. Washington was recruited by a Chicago based law firm that relocated her to Los Angeles. Drawn by the warm weather, sandy beaches and the then-vibrant "new" music scene, Desiree "headed West" for what she thought would be a "paid" gap year or two. Instead, Desiree became a long-term resident.
In her time in California, Desiree T. Washington has become a professional recording artist, forming Alt-Pop/Rock band Dual Eden. She has also become a media publisher, founding Popdecay, an entertainment and news website.
Desiree T. Washington believes that for Los Angeles County to remain a world-class comunity, it needs to chart a new course. This course should, at its foundation, involve a policy of inclusivity and equal treatment for all. As Los Angeles County Supervisor, Desiree T. Washington will work to protect her district from the mismanagement that plagues urban Los Angeles. She will work to ensure our county government works to improve the quality of life for all residents.
Desiree T. Washington believes that Los Angeles County can do better to address the concerns of our residents. It must reduce pollution and traffic congestion. It must insure equal pay and equal opportunities for women. It must ensure the overall independent contractor and consumer experience in our vibrant gig economies, from rideshare drivers to temporary contract hires in offices and factories. It must do better to train our youth for technology-related employment opportunities. "Together, we can and will make a difference. This is my promise. Please join this movement for change," Desiree T. Washington said.
An experienced manager, advocate and creative thinker, Desiree T. Washington has worked at the State level to make Los Angeles County a great place in which to live and do business. Surmounting challenges with both conservative and creative solutions, Desiree T. Washington offers new leadership. "I am ready to meet complex challenges with the aide of technology, youthful vigor, creative force and moderate values, " Desiree T. Washington said. "As Supervisor, I will work to create social and economic opportunities for every resident regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, economic status, age or neighborhood," she added.