I love Washington, DC. The unique mix of energy, power and people create a city unlike any other -- a world class home to culture, government and industry.

We all agree that politics as usual cannot continue in the DIstrict. Voters must make sure that a strong progressive candidate with the best interests of all of our citizens wins this special race. It is because I respect the District that I must withdraw my candidacy for the At-Large Council seat. I believe that one more name on the ballot in the overcrowded Democratic field might create an unexpected and unwelcome outcome.

I have never been one to be quiet or sit on the sidelines. Over the next few months, I will be an active pundit, questioning the stances and positions of the remaining candidates. I plan on sitting down with each candidate to discuss the issues important to me and my constituents -- arts, transportation, education and entrepreneurship. Only after careful consideration will I support one person -- and urge my community to follow.

The last two months have been an eye-opening experience for me. Collecting 4,000 signatures, meeting with constituents in every ward, and seeing the city from the perspective of others has made me appreciate the District even more. The tales told to me have only fueled my desire to affect change for an ethical, accountable and forward-thinking city.

I can assure you that this is not the end of my journey, but only the beginning.

Thank you for your continued support.

Jon Gann


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