We’re a group of neighbors starting the process of letting DC residents vote on whether to make all votes count in DC. This initiative, if we get on the ballot and neighbors vote to approve it, would implement ranked choice voting and end voter disenfranchisement for nearly 71,000 independent voters in DC.
Thank you to the countless volunteers and donors powering this ballot initiative.
Lisa D. T. Rice, Proposer
Lisa D. T. Rice, S.M., a passionate political innovator and champion of electoral reform, is a native Washingtonian and serves the local community as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner in Ward 7. She is the Proposer of Initiative 83, a bold ballot initiative which, if successful, would stop DC voter suppression by opening DC’s closed primaries to independent voters and hold politicians accountable by implementing ranked choice voting in the nation’s capital.
Lisa has a long history of standing against the status quo and in favor of meaningful, practical changes to our system. She is currently a Unite America board member; an Open Primaries spokesperson; a DC State Leader of Veterans for All Voters; and Vice Chair of the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship board of directors. Lisa was a 2022-23 Bridge Alliance Democracy Fellow.
Lisa lives in her childhood home with her husband in the Penn Branch neighborhood; her son is a District of Columbia Public Schools early literacy teacher in Ward 8. A sought-after keynote speaker and panelist, Lisa has moderated several political panels, debates, and forums on national and local platforms. Lisa loves to write, quilt, and speak truth to power.
Philip Pannell, Treasurer
Philip Pannell has held many leadership roles East of the Anacostia River and our campaign is proud to have him as our Treasurer. He is the Executive Director of the Anacostia Coordinating Council, a columnist for East of the River magazine, and a former ten-year trustee of the DC Public Library.
He’s been elected 5 times as the President of the Ward 8 Democrats and was formerly Recording Secretary of the DC Democratic Party, President of the Congress Heights Community Association, and Vice President of the DC Federation of Civic Associations. He was appointed as a DC Human Rights Commissioner by Mayor Marion Barry and currently is a member of the Commission on African-American Affairs. He is a longtime LGBT-rights activist who has stood for what’s right, no matter the cost.