Loose Lips

Ward 4 Council Race Gets Crowdeder

Max Skolnik, the head of a youth nonprofit, has declared himself a candidate for the Ward 4 council seat in the rapidly approaching April primary.

Skolnik, 35, founded and runs Kid Power Inc., a nonprofit that "provides educational programming for 350 youth from underserved communities." He says he's jumping in the race because current Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser, though she may be a "strong public servant," hasn't shown enough leadership on issues like the District's distressed schools and the council's ethics problems.

“We need a champion," says Skolnik.

Skolnik is a recent arrival in Ward 4, having moved to Petworth two years ago from the Southwest Waterfront. Back in his old hood, Skolnik served as an ANC commissioner.

Asked which councilmembers past or present Skolnik would try and emulate, he lists Ward 6 Councilmartyr Tommy Wells, former Ward 6 Councilmember Sharon Ambrose, and former Ward 4 councilmembers Charlene Drew Jarvis and Adrian Fenty.

Skolnik's wife, Erica, is a baker and will serve as campaign manager. His campaign chairman is Warren Brown, of CakeLove fame. (H/T to Keith Ivey)*

Besides Bowser and Skolnik, the other declared Ward 4 candidates so far include Renee Bowser, Baruti Jahi, Keith Jarrell, and Judi Jones.

*This post as been updated.

  • Cap City Records Panhandler

    No kin relation between incumbent Bowser and challenger Bowser?

  • BehindMax100Percent

    I AM BEHIND MAX and I LIVE IN WARD 2! THE ENTIRE COUNCIL CURRENTLY NEEDS TO GO AWAY SILENTLY! HEY MAX, WHERE TO CONTACT TO HELP YOU WITH YOUR CAMPAIGN?

  • Michael Williams

    I am life-long Ward 4 resident and am very, very impressed with this young man. I listened to him on the radio today and he's got my vote.

  • JS

    Max is the sort of candidate, and Councilmember, we need.

  • De’Andre Watson

    Max has worked with my kids for many years and Kid Power has been an incredible service to this city. Although I want him to win the City Hall, I don't want my kids to lose him. But, I know he will he will probably do alot better as a City Hall guy for our community. Thank you Max for everything you've done.

  • Vicky

    I stand behind Max! He has what it takes to help the people!

  • Rita Gonzalez

    thank you for all that you've done for this city max...we can't wait for you to win this election. gracias!

  • voteformax

    Max is a strong and progressive leader that has all of ward four's resident's needs, desires, challenges, and strengths top-of-mind. His unwavering devotion to youth, their future, their families, and their communities is needed in a city that is lacking serious leadership in its public servants. Max certainly has my vote.

  • http://www.agentofchangenetwork.com Rachel

    Max Skolnik is a true Agent of Change... He has what it takes to make a difference in the world.. He has my vote from NYC!

  • Sally

    He has no chance (and his humble brag tweet was childish), but at least he's not insane like some of the other candidates.

  • Drez

    My only question is whether he can pull enough votesfrom Bowsser to throw the election to a third party.

  • John Rambo

    Max sounds great in theory, but in reality he is a Weaver clone and I don't see him being able to take on the political machine.

  • Fida Sleiman

    I'm very excited to see what Max has to offer the city. I think he'll be an amazing city council member!

  • Southeast Ken

    Sally make a good point. I doubt if the old guard in Ward 4 will vote for him.

    I say, throw all the current DC Councilmembers out of office. This guy couldn't do any worse than the current incumbents.

    Ward 7 voter

  • NE John

    I don't know Max, but I am jumping on the bandwagon because I want all those muthas out of there!

  • Brightwood 34

    This guy "sounds" good, but its still early.

  • RealDC

    Really, Mr.Bean wants to be a council member...just kidding. But from the posts here, we can see he does have friends... thats a start.
    I am happy he is running and I hope other ANCs in Ward 4 decide to run. I have attended several ANC meetings throughout the ward. 4A and 4C have impressive commissioners.

  • Robin Mintet

    I have absolute confidence in Max's leadership and vision. We need to change the way we do politics in this town! Go Max!

  • SEis4ME

    I'm not convinced that emulating Fenty (of all people) will help him cross the voter threshold. Ward 4 didn't even support Fenty. Why would they support someone who emulates him when Bowser is already there?

  • Uptown for Life

    SEis4Me, I cant agree more. The answer to that last Question as a lifelong resident of four, minus collegiate education, isnt impresing me when he cites some of the folks he emulates. Again Fenty didnt carry four and Jarvis lost love to when she forgot to serve her area as well. Bowser is out of touch and we have better leadership in 4A and 4C who can make change happen and are vocal and on record in serving the citizens of the area. Bag tax Well's and Single Sale Fenty havent inspired sweeping reform we need, but I agree the whole council needs to be cleaned out and we need to start anew. The city is hurt and has been PIMPED for TOO LONG and the citizens are paying DAILY. Can we also look at EHN while were discussing moving on.

  • PLEASE HELPUS

    Anybody but BOW WOSER! She is the worst and doesn't do a thing for the ward unless you are on her "special" list.PLEASE GET RID OF HER!

  • Do your research

    @Calvin-
    Renee Bowser, Baruti Jahi, Keith Jarrell, and Judi Jones
    Suderman...is it because they are Black????

    FYI Keith Jarrell is white. While we are at it, he's also of very dubious moral character and has been sued many times.

  • DCPRO1

    The time has come for a "New Leadership" in city government:
    THOSE WHO NEED TO GO:
    J. "I had no idea my Chief Of Staff was on the take"Graham/WD/1
    J. "I Paid my Taxes"Evans"/WD/2
    M."Where"s Adrian when I need him"Bowser/WD/4
    H."I didn't do anything wrong!!! Thomas,but I WILL PAY THE MONEY BACK: Thomas.
    M."My son needs a job"Barry.
    Y."What Money Alexander".
    M.My father was an honest civil servant,what happened to me? Brown.
    K."Fully Loaded Brown" Potential lost
    D."I've lost my effectiveness,Independence,Vision,Catania".
    RECALL: The New Administration,which was Suppose to Restore Confidence In Government:
    Happy

  • Calvin H. Gurley

    Do Your Research….stop hiding.

    Do your Research -what is your real “name”?

    Are you too, a Southern Jim Crow Dixecrat in the District?

    I see you are paying attention...but to the wrong injustice/error. Mr. Jarrell is as white as fresh fallen snow. But, you have your prejudice also about him [Jarrell].

    Mr. Jarrell can speak for himself. However, dubious character ; ‘…you must not know him well – because there are other ills about him that are stronger than what you have mentioned…”

    Who has not been sued…in their lifetime.

    Let’s talk about some issues that affect WARD 4 and this city.

    You still did not address the fact that Renee Bowser, Baruti Jahi, and Judi Jones [Black] did not receive any ink or had their picture printed in the City Paper...for FREE.

    Do your Research...you don't care about these Black candidates receiving any "fairness" and FREE exposure in the City Paper or Suderman giving his hand pick [Skolnik]an advantage.

    Wake up…Trusting Citizens.

  • Sally

    So is this guy one of the people that Greater Greater Wells is trying to get to run in order to play pretend-kingmaker?

  • StrangeFruit

    @ Calvin H. Gurley & Sally,

    You guy are absolutely correct about The City Paper and Greater Greater Worship Wells! Max Skolnik was a ANC Commissioner in Ward 6, which has become the most anti-diversity, enclave in DC thanks to Councilman Wells.

  • StrangeFruit

    Sorry,

    Meant to type, you "guys"

  • NE John

    Hey Gurley, I saw a poster on Missouri Ave. with "Gurley" on it. Is that you?

  • NE John

    Just before I tore it down. If so, stop trashing up MY city!

  • Do your research

    Mr Gurley:
    I wasnt attacking you. So why attack me?
    I just point out an error in what you wrote.
    Also, I, have lived long and never once been sued.
    Let alone been sued many times by different people for the same thing.

  • Southeast Ken

    I'm confused, whom are you guys talking about was sued? Calvin Gurley, you are wrong, Keith Jarrell is white and openly gay. He's not black.

    Mr. Gurley, what's up with you? You have run for the Ward 4 Council seat several times. You also ran for the DC Council Chairman's seat and an DC At-Large Council seat. Man you should give it up because no one isn't going to vote for you. Let's be for real. As Joan Rivers would say, can we talk?

  • Charlie

    And what's up with the Gurley signs littering the area? He is not a registered candidate, but the 'FOG' machine (Friends of Gurley 2010) are posing signs all over. Is that legal?

  • Calvin H. Gurley

    Charlie...if you do not know the law in D.C. stop your foolishness and call the D.C. Board of Election & Ethics and become EDUCATED.

    But, I will gratefully educate you...if you ask - instead of making embarrassing question about your lack of knowledge.

    Posting "political” is legal in the District of Columbia…period. Trashing your city. Why is this your city and not mine …also?

    Some folks do yard signs and some candidates post signs. What is the problem? April 6, 2012 is only within seven months…this is campaigning time. DPW knows it…why don’t you?

    Charlie what is your real problem? You don’t like GURLEY?

    I’ve tried to educate and use facts to un-twist the brainwashing that this City Paper and Washington Post have placed in our resident brain…especially those who are not in touch because of the harsh survival of working 8 plus hours a day to live in the District. If you can’t stand a counter point on news articles then live with a one-sided knowledge of what is going on in YOUR city. And you will vote for the same failures and continue with crime and with an ignorant school system.

    Or, by the way, removing political signs is a crime in the District.

    Wake up trusting Citizens.

  • Calvin H. Gurley

    NE John…here is another person hiding.

    NE John…again stop your foolishness. DPW will remove the signs if it is illegal. You too, call the D.C. Board of Election & Ethics should you have a problem with a candidate posting political signs.

    That is what campaigning is about. Campaigning … if you don’t like Gurley fine. However, to ignorantly attack a law that allows candidates to post campaign signs – shows that you are not informed.

    But, to shoot at the hip to express your dislike for a candidate…that’s hatred and people vote for a candidate for any reason, white/black, tall/short, handsome/intelligent looking, strong appearance/ knowing the issues. And, hate is emotional reason why people don’t vote for a candidate…been around for a long time.

    NE John stop your HATING.

  • Calvin H. Gurley

    Southeast Ken…here you are again showing the lack of political history.

    Renee Bowser, Jahi ran in the Last Ward 4 election- as I did. Now, you, Tell them that they don’t have a chance. And, I bet they will tell you something unpleasant.

    I ran a Chairman Race in 2010…which was my only city wide election in more than 15 years. I never ran an At-Large election. As quite as it was...Kwame Brown was positioning to run for Mayor - he even registered with Office of Campaign Finance to receive donations in 2010.

    My name is out in the public and especially in Ward 4 where I worked for the community. You would not know it because you don’t live in Ward 4.

    I am the President of the Takoma Civic Association where we recently received donations [school supplies and vouchers] from Safeway, Industrial Bank, Dominos Pizza, and Fouglers & Pratt TO DO A “BACK TO SCHOOL KICK-OFF” for our children in Ward 4. [August 13th]

    It was a Great Kick-off …no news press about it –but the parents and our children were happy and grateful.

    Where was your Ward 4 Council person when the City charged our children $3.00 to use their own public swimming pools? I fought with the mayor and Gloria Minott [WPFW] gave me air time to voice a strong opposition. The mayor then waived the charge…especially after the Takoma Pool was rebuilt. Now you think about why the charge on our children was enacted.

    Southeast Ken…man you don’t know…and you don’t know me in Ward 4.

  • Calvin H. Gurley

    NE John stated; “..Hey Gurley, I saw a poster on Missouri Ave. with "Gurley" on it. Is that you?

    NE John also stated; “…Just before I tore it down. If so, stop trashing up MY city!

    NE John political poster cost hundreds of dollars…and since you admitted in completing a CRIME you can be arrested by the police.

    Should GURLEY want to stop any more tearing of his political posters he could ask the police to investigate and they [police] can require the City Paper to reveal who you are.

    NE John…your hatred could lead you to the police. Some folks should leave politics alone and just go to the polls on election day and vote their choice.

    I hoped that GURLEY does not do it to you…Mr. NE John.

    Wake up Trusting Citizens.

  • Southeast Ken

    Mr. Gurley, I stand correct and I apologize. You are correct, the Washington City Paper haven't given any press to the black Ward 4 canidates, with the exception of Baruti Jahi. I did read in the City Paper several months ago, he had entered the Ward 4 race. I was uptown last year visiting family in Columbia Heights. As I walked out of teh Giant on Park Road, NW, you were standing outside asking for DC voters to sign your petition to run for a Council seat. Maybe, it was the for the Council Chair's position. I've seen many of your comments on the Washington Post blog and I commend you for community involvement in Ward 4.

  • Southeast Ken

    Mr. Gurley, for the record, I signed your petition to get enough signatures to enter the Council race last year, as I walked out of the Giant with my adult son and Fraternity brother.

  • Southeast Ken

    Mr. Gurley, here's the Washington City Paper article in May 2011 on Baruti Jahi. They didn't put his picture in the article. LOL

    http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/looselips/2011/05/17/bowser-faces-early-challenger-in-ward-4/

  • StrangeFruit

    Calvin Garley and Southeast Ken,

    We all know the game and it has never been in our favor.

    The City Paper's, Washington Post's and Examiner's race-baiting reporting is open and notorious, while our outrage and condemnation is hidden in the comments section.

    We need to have our own rag within our community to expose the Post, City Paper and Examiner agenda to change the hue of DC politicians.

  • Southeast Ken

    What about the Washington Afo and Informer,@StrangeFruit?

  • Southeast Ken

    Correction: Washington Afro

  • seDCdude

    @ Strange I 2nd that, how do we get started and when, someone's gotta take the lead!

    @ Mr. Gurley,

    as you well know I have the utmost respect for ya, but listen here my man, you are old enough to know that the only thing nigRs/Crakkkas respect is counter nigR/Crakkkadom!!!!

    They are both 1 in the same and we have quite a few of em who post regularly! How and why are you attempting to explain/defend yourself when what you type falls on blind eyes and deaf ears....these melaninly challenged bloggers like the 1s who attacked you did so based upon your RESPECTFUL/TACTFUL/FACTUAL delivery! How do you disturb peace...with disorder and to think they believe that they are of PEACE when in fact history teaches otherwise!!!

    Most people "attempt" to put forth their best face when dealing, begging or needing, that is their nature, to fake it, but with us, our nature is REALNESS, forthrightness and straight with NO chaser deliveries, but PC has us producing the clowns that govern this city, not our best foot forward, but yet in still THEY know this and it justifies any and all injustices that have, are and will happen soon! These CRAKKKA/nigRs are who we know they are, HYPOCRITES, who only "act" civil when it benefits their $$$ and or well being, but let there be injustice, or a black man progressing or an agenda that goes against their safe zone and all hell breaks loose and the true self comes forward! That self that causes wars, has lynched, murdered, imprisoned illegally and egregiously, established unfair laws, biased reporting, segregation, systematic discrimination and baseless witch hunts that serve to maintain a fake ass superior stance in this Kuntry!!!

    So I say to you Mr. Gurley, Fuck em and feed em beans, don't explain nothing, just keep dropping facts!

  • indigenous

    Wake up people. The "Master Plan" is well on the way and this is just another example. If you don't begin to act politically, we will de facto be giving the District away sans a fight.Its does not have to be their world or else. Don't sleep on this, WAKE UP!

  • Mike Madden

    @ Calvin Gurley --

    If any of the other candidates would like to provide us their photos, we'll happily post them on this blog.

    Also, if Max Skolnick, or any other candidate, gets a single vote as a result of having a picture on our site, I'll be shocked.

  • noodlez

    @MAD MIKE-SLIM NEXT TIME I GO MOUNTAIN/ROCK CLIMBING WONDERING ARE YOU AVAIL TO ACT AS MY BELAYER?

    YOU ARE CONSTANTLY PICKING UP THE SLACK IN ORDER TO PROTECT SEWERMAN FROM FREE FALLIN! THIS BIASED WRITE UP FOR MR. WHITEBOY HELPING OUT BLACK CHILDREN IN THE HOOD SHOW EXACTLY WHERE WRITERS OF YOUR RAG LAY!

    THE PROBLEM IS BLACK FOLK IN WARD 4 DONT READ YOUR RAG LIKE FOLK IN WARDS 2, 3 & 6. SO SEWERMAN'S PROCLAMATION FOR MR. SKOLNIK IS PREACHING TO THE CHOIR. MAYBE SEWERMAN GOT A CAKE FOR HIS BEAN THAT WAS SO SCRUMPTIOUS THAT HE FELT COMPELLED TO GIVE OL’ MAX SOME GOOD PUB? WHO KNOWS THESE DAYS WHY FOLK DO CERTAIN THINGS?

    BUT ONE THING FOR SURE AND TWO THINGS FOR CERTAIN WASHCITYPAPER PRETTY MUCH ETCHED IT’S NAME IN STONE WHEN IT COME TO POLITICS IN THE CITY AND ALONG WITH THE WASHPOST AND THE WASHTIMES HAVE ESTABLISHED ITSELF AS A VEHICLE FOR DIVISION IN THIS CITY.

    I’M REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO OTHER WRITE UPS AND PHOTOS THAT YALL CHOOSE TO RUN OF OTHER POLITICIANS TO MAKE A COMPARISION. AS FOR MR. JOHNNY COME LATELY HE DOESN’T HAVE A CHANCE IN HELL DURING THE NEXT ELECTION MAYBE HE SHOULD’VE LOOK AT MS. LYDIA’S STEREOTYPEMAP FIRST AND THEN RUN FOR HEAD FLUNKY IN CHARGE OF PETWORTH IN FIVE YEARS.

  • Southeast Ken

    I love the Washington City Paper for allowing people to speak or have opinions. Although, we may not always agree, but at the end of the day, we are all human and wants what's best for our city.

    Noodlez is the man. If you mess with him, he will read you. LOL

  • CoHo

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  • mpmaxsupporter

    Max has the leadership and vision we need for the entirety of DC.

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