WASHINGTON — Today, Washingtonians overwhemingly voted “yes” for statehood.
Campaign Director of Statehood YES! Campaign, Desmond Serrette, believed that the additional support from other politicians definitely increased the positive energy needed for voters to say “yes”.
“I wasn’t there in the 80’s, but I can tell you what I see now which is a lot of really great energy — a lot of conversation about this,” he said.
D.C. residents have been saying “yes” to statehood for years.
“We need a voice and be able to make our own decisions with Congress interfering,” she said. “This has been an issue for entirely too long. Let’s make it happen!”
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Senator Brown concluded that this year’s initiative is for the greater good of the city.
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Serrette says that this initiative works best for everyone, because it’ll give the city a chance to vote on their own laws without Congress’ heavy influence.
“It’ll help the city and residents because Statehood will give us the opportunity to have federal representation,” he said. “We pay taxes, we die in wars, so we should have the equal vote and equal voice in Congress and also the ability to pass laws without Congress meddling in our affairs — in autonomy.”