Janeese Lewis George

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Original short description: "American lawyer and activist"

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Janeese Lewis George (born April 30, 1988) is an American lawyer and activist in Washington, D.C. She became the Democratic Party's 2020 nominee to represent Ward 4 on the Council of the District of Columbia after defeating incumbent Brandon Todd.[1] George is a member of the Democratic Party.[2]

If elected in November 2020, George would become the first self-described democratic socialist to serve as a member of the Council.[3]

Early life and education

George was born in Washington, D.C., the daughter of a postal worker. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in politics and government from St. John's University.[4] She earned a Juris Doctor from the Howard University School of Law, working as a waitress to pay her tuition.[5][6]


After graduating from law school, George worked as a prosecutor in Philadelphia. In 2014, she returned to D.C. and in 2014 served in the office of Attorney General of the District of Columbia, Karl Racine.[7] Before launching her campaign for the Council, George worked in the District of Columbia State Board of Education.[6]

2020 campaign

In 2019, George launched her campaign for the Council of the District of Columbia. George was the subject of attack ads by Democrats for Education Reform, an advocacy group that supports charter schools, over claims that she would defund the police.[8] She was endorsed by a significant number of progressive groups, including Black Lives Matter and the Working Families Party.[9]

George was the first candidate to reach the limit in matching funds through the District's public financing program since it was initiated. The program provides matching funds but limits donations to $50 per supporter, of which she had almost 1,200 by March 2020.[5]

Electoral history

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  1. Epstein, Reid J.; Medina, Jennifer; Corasaniti, Nick (2020-06-03). "Historic Wins for Women of Color as Nation Protests Systemic Racism" (in en-US). The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/03/us/politics/june-primary-elections-results.html. 
  2. "Live results: 2020 District of Columbia Council primaries". June 3, 2020. https://www.washingtonpost.com/elections/election-results/washington-dc-council-primary-live-results/?itid=lk_interstitial_manual_9. Retrieved June 3, 2020. 
  3. Reid J. Epstein, Jennifer Medina and Nick Corasaniti (June 3, 2020). "Historic Wins for Women of Color as Nation Protests Systemic Racism". New York Times (New York). https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/03/us/politics/june-primary-elections-results.html. 
  4. "Meet Janeese" (in en-US). https://www.janeese4dc.com/meet-janeese/. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 Giambrone, Andrew (March 18, 2020). "First Candidate Claims To Max Out Public Financing Funds For D.C. Elections". DCist (Washington DC). https://dcist.com/story/20/03/18/first-candidate-claims-to-max-out-public-financing-funds-for-d-c-elections/. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 Zauzmer, Julie (May 23, 2020). "In Ward 4 council race, a moderate incumbent faces a progressive challenger". Washington Post (Washington DC). https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2020/05/23/ward-4-council-race-moderate-incumbent-faces-progressive-challenger/. 
  7. Nirappil, Fenit (August 8, 2019). "D.C. lawmaker Brandon Todd ramps up reelection campaign, draws first challenger". Washington Post (Washington DC). https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-politics/dc-lawmaker-brandon-todd-ramps-up-reelection-campaign-draws-first-challenger/2019/08/01/57b00bfe-b2f0-11e9-8949-5f36ff92706e_story.html. 
  8. Cohen, Rachel (June 4, 2020). "A PROGRESSIVE CHALLENGER WAS ATTACKED FOR CALLING TO DEFUND THE POLICE. SHE WON ANYWAY.". Intercept (Washington DC). https://dcist.com/story/20/03/18/first-candidate-claims-to-max-out-public-financing-funds-for-d-c-elections/. 
  9. Nirappil, Fenit (June 3, 2020). "Brandon Todd loses his D.C. Council seat, and voters soundly reject Jack Evans". Washington Post (Washington DC). https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-politics/dc-primary-results/2020/06/03/de33d982-a596-11ea-bb20-ebf0921f3bbd_story.html. 

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