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All Politics is Local with Tom Sherwood & Mark Segraves: Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen

Thursday, September 12, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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Tom Sherwood and Mark Segraves return to Hill Center with their celebrated interview series, dedicated to getting to know their guest with a smattering of policy and politics. Mark and Tom welcome Charles Allen, Ward 6 Councilmember.

Charles Allen, his wife Jordi Hutchinson, and their children, Cora Neal and Everett, live at 15th and D Streets, NE, with their dog, Olive. For over a decade, Charles has worked in Ward 6 neighborhoods, helping improve our public schools, working with small businesses, and building our community.

Charles began his career in the District as a graduate fellow with the federal Department of Health and Human Services to work on expanding community-based health options across the nation. At the same time, Charles helped found DC for Democracy and served as Chair of the organization to bring a needed voice for progressive priorities and social justice issues facing the city. Today, DC for Democracy is a leading voice in the District.

These experiences led Charles to become an elected delegate for the District at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston, and later serve as President of the Ward 6 Democrats. Ultimately, he served as chief of staff to Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells, a position he held from 2007 until 2013.

Charles was elected Ward 6 Councilmember during the 2014 election cycle and was sworn in on January 2, 2015. He was re-elected to a second four-year term in 2018.

Charles is the Chair of the Council’s Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety. He is also a member of the Council’s Committees on Education, Transportation and Environment, Business and Economic Development, and Labor and Workforce Development.  He is a member and immediate past Chair of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ Transportation Planning Board and was named an Early Learning Fellow by the National Conference of State Legislatures.  He also serves on the NCSL’s standing committees on Education, Natural Resources & Infrastructure, and Law, Criminal Justice, & Public Safety.

Tom Sherwood is a veteran local journalist.  He is the “Resident Political Analyst” for the popular Politics Hour on Friday’s with WAMU host Kojo Nnamdi.  Tom also is a contributing writer with The Washington City Paper.  Tom was the lead political reporter for NBC4 for nearly 3 decades and formerly worked for The Washington Post.  He is co-author with Harry Jaffe of “Dream City,” a Simon & Schuster book on the history of the District and the rise and fall of Marion Barry.  Tom is a frequent guest speaker and moderator at a variety of events in the District.

Mark Segraves is a reporter for NBC 4 News, Host of NewsPlus on DC 50 TV, and Senior Correspondent for WNEW Radio. Segraves is a DC native who lived in Ward 6 for 15 years just blocks from Hill Center. Segraves is a former writer for Voice of the Hill and The Hill Rag. He is the father of two boys who both attend DCPS schools. He’s covered District affairs for more than 15 years.

Registration is strongly encouraged. Doors open at 6:30pm.

ASL interpretation is available upon request given advanced notice. Please email to submit a request.


Thursday, September 12, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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