A.J. Cooper (I)

Office Sought: D.C. Council

Occupation: Policy director, D.C. Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.

Email Address: info@electajcooper.com

Website: http://www.electajcooper.com

On the issues

What is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction?

The most urgent problem we face in D.C. is the lack of ethical government in the Wilson building. As a city, we all know that we deserve much better than what we are getting from our leadership. Their past and current pattern of reprehensible behavior must cease. I will push for real ethics reform and legislation that would make City Council a full-time job. This will end a legal loophole for graft and wipe away even the perception of corruption. Our council members have lost touch with the very people they are supposed to represent. We need change now.

Why should voters elect you?

People over politics. Morals over money. Employment not excuses. Change, because you deserve better! You have two votes in this race. Make sure one counts.

Education

BA, history, University of Maryland; graduate, U.S. Marine Corps Officer Candidates School.

Offices and Positions Held

Director/mentor, Youth Leadership Task Force; facilitator/moderator, numerous round tables for D.C. teens, law enforcement and safety personnel; host, BET's Teen Summit; spokesman, National Traffic Safety Administration's "Strap it up!" seat belt safety campaign; spokesman, D.C.'s Tuition Assistance Grant program; MC/guest speaker, Jack and Jill of America's annual gala; member, Teens Against the Spread of AIDS, 1995-98.

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PROJECT: Wilson Andrews, Jason Bartz, Ryan Kellett, Katie Parker, Leslie Passante and Serdar Tumgoren - The Washington Post. Published Oct. 8, 2012.

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