WASHINGTON, DC — In addition to voting for president and vice president of the United States in the Nov. 3 general election, voters in Washington, D.C., will choose a delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives; at-large member of the D.C. Council; member of the D.C. Council for wards 2, 4, 7 and 8; U.S. senator; U.S. representative; at-large member of the State Board of Education; member of the State Board of Education for wards 2, 4, 7, and 8; and Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner.
Jacque Patterson, 55, is the administrator at KIPP DC. He is running for the at-large seat on the State Board of Education.
As part of its coverage of the 2020 election, Patch has asked candidates in select races in D.C. to fill out a questionnaire to describe why they think they’re the best person to fill the job they’re running for.
Age (as of Election Day)
Please specify which DC City Council seat you are running for (Ward 1, At-large, etc.):
DC State Board of Education, At-Large
Married: Wife LaShandra: daughters Jacquelyn & London; son Jacque Jr.
Does anyone in your family work in politics or government?
Ed.D candidate at American University
Administrator, KIPP DC
Previous or Current Elected or Appointed Office
Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner (5 terms); Appointed to the ESSA Task Force.
The single most pressing issue facing our District is educational equity, and this is what I intend to do about it.
I’m going to ensure the Every Student Succeeds Acts (ESSA) is properly implemented to address system and structural racism in practice and policy.
Do you support Black Lives Matter and what are your thoughts on the demonstrations held since the death of George Floyd and the shooting of Jacob Blake?
Yes, I support the the Black Lives Matter movement and have participated in protests in my community to address systemic racism.
What are your thoughts on the campaign to “defund” the police?
I believe funds should be “redirected” to areas of need such as social workers, mental health practitioners, violence interrupters and other safety net services that address the root causes of trauma in BIPOC communities which police are not professionally trained to address and usually exasperate the situation instead of de-escalating the situation.
What are your thoughts on the state and national response to the coronavirus pandemic? Do you favor such measures as limiting operation of non-essential businesses or restricting indoor/outdoor dining? And do you favor a nationwide mask mandate?
The national response to the pandemic has been horrific and has caused the unnecessary death of thousands of Americans. I agree with the limiting of operations of non-essential businesses, restricting of indoor/outdoor dining and am in favor of a nationwide mask mandate until there is an effective vaccine for COVID-19.
What are the critical differences between you and the other candidates seeking this post?
What differentiates me from the other candidates is my experience and