DC State Board of Education president launches bid for DC Council seat

A familiar face on D.C.’s State Board of Education has launched a bid to join the D.C. Council.

Zachary Parker, who has represented Ward 5 on the board since 2018 and serves as its president, announced his candidacy Tuesday for the Ward 5 seat currently held by Kenyan McDuffie.

“My time on the State Board has made clear to me how the struggles of Ward 5 schools are not limited to education policy,” the Democrat wrote in a letter announcing his candidacy, which was posted on social media.

“Families are struggling to connect to government resources, protect their loved ones and meet their basic needs.”

Parker, a native of Chicago’s South Side, “has dedicated his life’s work to transforming the systems that failed his brothers and so many like them,” per the campaign’s website.

He has a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and a master’s from Columbia University. Parker’s career also includes time teaching seventh-grade math in post-Katrina New Orleans.

He will face Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Gordon-Andrew Fletcher, also a Democrat, and possibly the incumbent in next year’s primary.

McDuffie has yet to file for re-election.

Jack Pointer

Jack contributes to WTOP.com when he's not working as the afternoon/evening radio writer. In a previous life, he helped edit The Dallas Morning News and Chicago Tribune.

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