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On Lets Choose DC, you chose Silverman, Frumin, Brooks

The results are in for the first question on Let's Choose DC, and with over 2,500 votes cast, DC voters rated Elissa Silverman tops for her vision for DC, followed by Matthew Frumin and Diallo Brooks.

Click to see the full infographic of results.

Nine candidates provided answers to our question, while interim Councilmember Anita Bonds and former Councilmember Michael Brown did not participate. The question was:

The District has changed a lot since 1993, and will likely change much more by 2033. What are 2-3 changes you hope to see by 2033, and how will electing you to the DC Council help bring them about?

In addition to rating how persuasive you found each of the candidates' answers, we asked you whether they seemed to answer the question or not. Silverman, Frumin, Brooks, John Settles, and Pedro Rubio all scored well here. Patrick Mara and Jon Gann got more "neutral" ratings, while Paul Zukerberg and AJ Cooper got lower marks.

Cooper also dropped out of the race yesterday and endorsed Silverman.

You can still vote on Question 2, where the candidates talk about their ideas for fighting crime. Voting on that question closes Monday, and we'll post the results later next week. On Tuesday, we will have the candidates' responses to question 3, about education.

David Alpert is the founder of Greater Greater Washington and its board president. He worked as a Product Manager for Google for six years and has lived in the Boston, San Francisco, and New York metro areas in addition to Washington, DC. He now lives with his wife and two children in Dupont Circle. 


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This is a great process. However, given the reader base of GGW, I wonder how much of this is predisposed reader bias and tech-literacy?

by William on Jan 17, 2013 12:04 pm • linkreport

Just wanted to note that the link to Let's Choose DC at the start of the post is missing a 't'

by Adam F on Jan 17, 2013 12:22 pm • linkreport


I think this will be a great tool in terms of building some consensus / narrowing a very crowded field for this seat. Strategic voting should be about finding a candidate the community can support.

That said, please make it easier to view the candidates' answers to the previous round of questions -- it's nice to see that Silverman "won" the first round and picked up an endorsement, but it's been at least a week since I voted and I don't remember what she and others actually said.

by sam on Jan 17, 2013 12:23 pm • linkreport

Thanks, Adam. Fixed.

by David Alpert on Jan 17, 2013 12:24 pm • linkreport

At large makes it interesting. Special probably means relatively low turnout (I assume?). Who can motivate their base best to go vote...

by Alan B. on Jan 17, 2013 12:26 pm • linkreport

I agree..this is great!

Outside of the optics, I am a bit surprised Silvermann and Frumin scored as high since Frumin really didn't give a vision for the city and mostly talked about the work he had done. Silverman's answer was more boilerplate. Wasn't bad at all as she did hit all the right notes. It just that all of us could have written her response.

I'm hoping people are scoring based on the actual question and answer rather than preference. Then again, are we ever that honest?...:)

This is superduperkewl!

by HogWash on Jan 17, 2013 12:47 pm • linkreport

AJ Cooper drops out to support Silverman? WOW. That's interesting.

by HogWash on Jan 17, 2013 12:48 pm • linkreport

Hi Sam,

Good suggestion. If you click on one of the candidates' pictures in the top right of the site, it shows all of the past answers. I could perhaps make the results image clickable, though that would be some work to do to make the clickable imagemap. Are there specific places you think it would be good to have the past responses or a link? I guess I could have an index of all responses (maybe the first few sentences and a more link?) on the question page...

by David Alpert on Jan 17, 2013 12:52 pm • linkreport

I guess I could have an index of all responses (maybe the first few sentences and a more link?) on the question page...

Yes. Although being able to click on the name here linking to the answer works fine. Maybe if there was a way, as each post is answered, just have their "page" of responses similar to how you linked it here. Don't know how difficult that is.

by HogWash on Jan 17, 2013 12:58 pm • linkreport


by William on Jan 17, 2013 1:02 pm • linkreport

@William, Thanks! No surprise I suggested something that was already in place.

by HogWash on Jan 17, 2013 1:33 pm • linkreport

Cooper also dropped out of the race yesterday and endorsed Silverman.

So the last-place candidate after Round 1 endorses the first-place candidate? What is this, instant runoff voting? ;)

by Tom Veil on Jan 17, 2013 4:06 pm • linkreport

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