Hi, I’m Kenyan McDuffie, Councilmember for Ward 5. I’m a third generation native Washingtonian, living in the house that has been in my family since 1951 with my beautiful wife and two daughters.
After graduating from DC Public Schools, I recognized that I wanted to affect change in my community and fight for racial equity and civil rights. Whether selling ice cream at the national zoo or delivering mail as a US postal worker, I enjoyed engaging with people in the community.
I eventually went to UDC, transferred to Howard and after graduating summa cum laude, went on to get my law degree from the University of Maryland.
My first opportunity to work as a public servant was as a prosecutor in the state’s attorney’s office and then as a Civil Rights Attorney for the US Department of Justice. During my time there, I investigated hospitals, youth rehabilitation centers and prisons. While travelling across the country improving the lives of citizens, I decided I wanted to bring that same commitment back to my neighborhood.
As Ward 5’s councilmember, I have worked to enhance the quality of life for the residents of Ward 5 and the District. I have implemented an economic development plan that improved our major commercial corridors by increasing funding to new and existing businesses. Equally important, I’ve introduced legislation to create more affordable housing and reduce displacement. I’ve also funded transportation, case management services and other resources for seniors.
I’m proud of all that we’ve accomplished, but our work is not done especially in areas such as job training, affordable housing, public safety and education. We must continue to support our youth, protect our most vulnerable residents and improve economic opportunities for all.
With your help, we can build a better community and even greater Ward 5.