D.C. debates on whether district should become a state
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Reaction to a new proposal being pushed by Mayor Muriel Bowser to change the District of Columbia into a new state has drawn mixed reaction within the district.
Many people out enjoying the multiple activities occurring this past weekend, like the Emancipation March down Pennsylvania Ave., seemed to support the push.
“I’m a native Washingtonian — I’ll forever be a Washingtonian– I want to support D.C.,” Tammy Faucette said.
She returned home from her new home in Maryland to spread the word about the effort to make the District the nation’s 51st state.
“I still feel a part of DC,” Faucette said. “I think there should be voting rights for D.C. in the House and Senate. I think the people of DC should get what they deserve.”
Currently, the District has what are called shadow senators in place.
Paul Strauss, Michael Brown and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes-Norton have no voting power.
Some people believe that’s how it should remain.
“There are other ways it could potentially influence the voting process and final outcome of bills,” Xiaozhen Wong, a public policy major at Georgetown University and a D.C. resident, said.
“They build their connections and networks and they raise their voice through different organizations and think tanks,” she added.
Wong also sees a hometown advantage for D.C. residents because they may go to church or be neighbors with someone influential in the law making process.
“That would make residents of DC special in certain aspects,” said Wong.
Fellow GU student Trent Todd said allowing the area to transform into a state is not a natural fit because so many people move to DC from outside the area, giving it a less than cohesive area than other states that lean red or blue.