TestimonialsORQuestioning the Candidate(Promoting Total Transparency)
Campaign Finance Reform #1: If elected, will you commit to fully fund and implement the Fair Elections Act?
Campaign Finance Reform Response #1: If elected, I will commit to fully fund, implement, and comply with the Fair Elections Act as long as it provides transparency for all candidates, non-candidates, committees, including the incumbents. As upon reading the bill’s introduction, I am looking forward to seeing how this bill works.
Campaign Finance Reform #2: Developers and large corporations dominate the campaign donor base. What is your position on legislation that would prohibit businesses that make campaign contributions from having or seeking DC contracts/grants that exceed a specified amount and for a specific time period?
Campaign Finance Reform Response #2 My initial thoughts on this topic would be along the lines of bribery, which should not be tolerated. My position is not legislation on prohibit businesses that make campaign contributions, but limit the numbers of awarded DC contracts/grants from that specified business.
Worker Rights #3: The Council passed the Universal Paid Leave Act in 2016 and funded it in the FY18 budget. Explain your position on pending legislation that seeks to significantly change the law.
Worker Rights Response #3: Based on B21-0415 Introduction, I support the pending legislation with some limits on usage with combination of other leave laws. A city government worker must be present for work at least 75% of the work year and not abuse all the combinations of possible leave.
Worker Rights #4: What is your position on the Fair Scheduling bill, which seeks to give workers more predictable work schedules?
Worker Rights Response #4: Based on B21-0512, businesses cannot predict new markets of consumers whether to keep workers or send workers home during peak or non-peak times. However, businesses after one year of being in a specific neighborhood or market within the District, predictable work schedules with 14-day advance notice is possible. Whether that said, retail and other establishments can provide voluntary time off at appropriate times to meet low demand.
Environmental Issues #5: What is your position on the Carbon Fee Rebate proposal?
Environmental Issues Response #5: Based on the Climate and Community Reinvestment Act of DC, I support my environmental change to change the system from fossil fuels to renewable energy or sustainable energy that cause less harm for the community and environment. Once a more measureable proposal is defined, I will support a rebate program that will help Washington, DC as a whole because consumers are emitting carbon gas and other harmful elements from smaller products.
Environmental Issues #6: Will you assist the DC Reinvest campaign by supporting the passage of both the Sense of the Council Resolution regarding divestment from Wells Fargo as D.C.'s bank of record and the Strengthening the Community Development Amendment Act of 2017?
Environmental Issues Response #6: I will assist in the DC Reinvest campaign by supporting the passage of both the Sense of the Council Resolution regarding divestment from Wells Fargo as D.C.’s bank of record and the Strengthening the Community Development Amendment Act of 2017 (B22-0589) along with full research for all appropriate local and non-local, large and small financial institutions coming into the Washington, DC city limits.
Housing #7: Currently, the DC Office of Planning is under the Deputy Mayor for Planning & Economic Development. This arrangement leads to the perception that planning decisions favor the interest of developers. Do you support creating an independent planning agency for DC?
Housing Response #7: I am against supporting the creation of an independent planning agency while an office or department exists. I support DC Office of Planning and DCRA to begin varied processes to include special interest groups, residents, tenants, and consumers of planned space. Public notices are not enough. If this cannot be done to lessen the interest of developers, then the Office of Planning is no longer needed, then an independent office can be created supervised by a different official.
Housing #8: The Office of Planning (OP) is leading the periodic amendment cycle for the Comprehensive Plan. At the launch of the amendment cycle, OP promised a 60-day comment period for the public to respond to OP’s draft changes to the Plan—before it was sent to the Council. OP has now submitted the draft Framework Element directly to the Council, omitting the public-comment part of the process. What is your position on this change in process?
Housing Response #8: I am against the omission of the public-comment part of the process and the limit of 60-day comment period. I recommend a 120-day comment period and variety of public-comment methods to input on the process.
Criminal Justice #9: What is your position on the possible construction of a new jail in DC? Will you commit to ensuring that a) the project is financed through public funds (subject to interest rate limits) as opposed to through a public private partnership (“P3”) (where interest rates can exceed 30% per year), and b) that the public is involved from the beginning to ensure those awaiting trial are treated more humanely?
Criminal Justice Response #9: I support the construction of a new jail in DC and I believe this is needed to update DC infrastructure. In response to A, a deal can be cut through public private partnership (P3) (where interest rates can be limited to max out 35% per year). In response to B, the public can provide opinions or insight on how to better treat those awaiting trial.
Criminal Justice #10: The Neighborhood Engagement Achieves Results (NEAR) Act prioritizes community-led, public health focused approaches to public safety, rather than further militarization of the police. Unfortunately, despite unanimous passage in 2016, the NEAR Act was only fully-funded last October, and several of the most important provisions of the law are still not implemented.
If elected, what will you do to ensure that the life-saving and community-empowering approaches in the NEAR Act are fully, faithfully, transparently, and successfully implemented?
Criminal Justice Response #10: Based on B21-0360, Washington, DC budget, and if elected, I will evaluate the funded parts of the bill to see what is working and continue to fund those elements. The parts unfunded may receive seed funding to start and evaluated if it is working. If the seed funding and positive outcomes are reported, then additional funding from the next budget will be provided.
Voter Question: If elected, will I keep DC MORCA Open?
Response to Voter Question: Yes, I am fully committed to keeping DC Mayor's Office on Returning Citizen Affairs open and fully budgeted.
Education #1: On Nov. 21, 2017, the DC Council introduced the Student Fair Access to School Act of 2017 (B22-05964) to minimize suspensions and expulsions in DC public schools. If elected, would you support this bill and other efforts to eliminate the school-to-prison pipeline?
Education Response #1: Yes, I will support the Bill B22-05964. I will do everything to empower parents and their children to attend DC public schools. I will work with OSSE to continue to provide programs to minimize suspensions and expulsions in DC public schools. If elected, I vow to support this bill and other efforts to eliminate the school-to-prison pipeline by providing as many opportunities and avenues to show what education does for an individual.
Housing #2: Intimate partner violence and housing insecurity are closely linked; the 2017 DC Women’s Needs Assessment Report revealed that almost one third of women in the study cited violence as the cause of their homelessness or housing instability. Do you believe that victims of domestic violence should be required to prove their residency in the District in order to be eligible for shelter?
Housing Response #2: Yes, I believe that victims of domestic violence should not be required to prove their residency in the District in order to be eligible for shelter. I am an advocate for all domestic violence programs empower women to become self-sufficient and move forward with opportunities to change their lives. As long as the domestic violence victim is a taxpayer and taking advantage of the District's city services, the District will do everything in its power to protect the victim from the offending partner.
Economic Opportunity #3: The One Fair Wage ballot initiative seeks to fully eliminate the sub-minimum wage by raising the hourly tipped minimum wage (currently $3.33 in the District) incrementally until it matches the full minimum wage by 2026. When voters support the ballot initiative at the polls this year, will you commit to all of the following: a) respect the will of voters by defending One Fair Wage when it goes before council. b) commit to reducing sexual harassment in District restaurants by enforcing One Fair Wage. c) fight for tipped workers to remain the rightful owners and stewards of their tips regardless of their base wage
Economic Opportunity Response #3: This is a loaded question and creates plenty of conflict. Yes, I will review the One Fair Wage bill before it goes to council. This bill will create less employed workers if the tipped minimum wage equals full minimum wage plus keep tips. The business will think about alternatives before hiring as many as employees in present than in the future. I am committed to reducing sexual harassment in not only District restaurants, but any workplace in the District. I do support the fight for tipped workers to remain the rightful owners and stewards of their tips regardless of their base wage. The flipside I will not reduce District taxes.
Question #4: The Neighborhood Engagement Achieves Results (NEAR) Act passed the DC Council unanimously in 2016 and was fully-funded in 2017. Despite full funding and tremendous support from the DC community, most of the provisions in the NEAR Act have not been implemented and there has been a lack of transparency from the DC Council, the Mayor’s Office, and the Metropolitan Police Department regarding implementation. Do you support the full implementation of the NEAR Act and all provisions? If so, how will you help ensure that the Council is more transparent in their actions?
Response to NEAR Act #4: Based on B21-0360, Washington, DC budget, and if elected, I will evaluate the funded parts of the bill to see what is working and continue to fund those elements. The parts unfunded may receive seed funding to start and evaluated if it is working. If the seed funding and positive outcomes are reported, then additional funding from the next budget will be provided.
Media Question #1: How has campaigning been going so far?
Media Response #1: The campaigning has been going really well. As a candidate for Mayor, I took advantage of an early headstart starting in January 2017.
Media Question #2: How has fundraising been so far?
Media Response #2: Fundraising has been extremely difficult for a familiar, but unknown name. According to Office of Campaign Finance (OCF) statistics, the incumbent has done a pretty good job fundraising. This is my first political position. The incumbent has plenty of city council political history. I have plenty of federal government political history.
Media Question #3: Has there been any negative campaigning?
Media Response #3: I have not seen any negative campaigning, yet. Right now, every candidate is working to get his/her name out to the public.
Media Question #4: What do you think about the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) chancellor resignation? Will it affect the incumbent's campaign for re-election?
Media Response #4: I am disappointed in the DCPS chancellor resignation. It will affect the incumbent's campaign adversely as two DCPS top officials left the appointed position under the incumbent's reign as mayor. The incumbent hired and believed in the chancellor. No public or political official should skirt the law to provide a better education for their children. If you are hired to run the DCPS system, then your children or any child should be able to get the same education and opportunities at any school in DCPS.
Media Question #5: What is the first thing I would do if elected Mayor?
Media Response #5: I would hire a Chancellor of DCPS or Deputy Chief of DCPS, finding more affordable housing projects, and land the Amazon HQ2 deal or create more jobs for the new and current DC residents.
Media Question #6: Do I have family?
Media Response #6: I have a large extended family consisting of aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces, stepfathers, etc. I do not have a common core family as a single bachelor, but I am open to dating.
Media Question #7: Why I chose Mayor?
Media Response #7: I chose Mayor as my first political office because it will start opening a new career path onward to the United States President. No Mayor from Washington, DC has done historically and no native Washington, DC resident has done this. President Barack Obama made the dream real for an African-American male. President George Washington created and inlayed the inspiration and motivation. The DC Mayors that inspired me to run are Adrian Fenty and the Late Great Marion Barry, Jr. I saw other opportunities, such as Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner (ANC), City Council, Delegates, etc. and Mayor was the closest match to my skill set of managing billion projects, supervising twenty (20) to (30) teams, having three (3) to seven (7) direct reports, and ten (10) to fifteen (15) indirect reports.
Media Question #8: How many signatures have you gathered?
Media Response #8: As of the email response back to WUSA9 March 9, 2018, I have five (5) signatures combined electronically and paper. Digital e-Sign nomination ballot inaugural program still needs some work. Petition paper signing is currently leading the way. I have to gather a minimum 2,000 to a maximum 4,000 signatures by March 21, 2018.
Annoucement #1: League of Women Voters are pleased to announce that the Voter Guide is now available online. You can view Manley M. Collins public profile by visiting the Vote411.org website (http://www.vote411.org/), entering your address, then clicking on the green bar “Get Personalized Information on Candidates and Issues.” After Vote411 is fully tested, the League’s webmaster will feature the Voter Guide prominently on our website, https://www.lwvdc.org/
Response to Announcement #1: Thank you League of Women Voters for your time, effort, and resources to publish such valuable information for the general public and registered voters.
Announcement #2:GLAA's Mayoral Candidate Questionnaires are posted on their election page, along with a timeline of their 2018 Election Project.GLAA Election Project - http://glaa.org/projects/elections/
Response to Announcement #2: Thank you Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance for your time, effort, and resources to publish such valuable information for the general public and registered voters.