Primary Scenes: Shallal Hopes Voters 'Listen To Their Heart' | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Primary Scenes: Shallal Hopes Voters 'Listen To Their Heart'

If the polls are to be believed, Andy Shallal doesn't have a very good chance of becoming mayor. But standing outside Shepherd Elementary School in Ward 4 this afternoon, the owner of Busboys and Poets said he's not giving up just yet.

"There are a lot of undecideds walking to the polls, which I find interesting this late in the game," he said. "I think people have been tuned out to this election, and I think they've certainly been tuned out to the issues. They've been tuned in to the scandal that we've all been confronted with, that the city been held hostage with. But we haven't been really focusing on the serious issues that affect people."

Low turnout has been reported in polling places across the city.

Shallal says that he hopes voters vote their conscience, instead of voting with whoever they think can win. The issue of strategic voting has come up in polls, as Muriel Bowser has emerged as the leading challenger to Gray. Still, Shallal and fellow progressive candidate Tommy Wells have been urging supporters to follow their hearts.

"There's a lot of math that people have to figure out in their head before they make a decision today, so we're hoping that they listen to their heart and make the right decision because I believe I will bring the city together in a whole different way than anyone else who's running for office," he said.

The restaurateur concedes that his options are limited, but he didn't swear off remaining in politics if he loses. He also said that he wants the city's next leader to put more emphasis on the issue he has focused on: inequality.

"I want people to recognize that inequality is not something that should be normal," he said. "This city is rich, we have a lot of resources. We don't have the willpower or vision to fix the things that are wrong with the city."

NPR

Gluten-Free Guests For Thanksgiving? We've Got You Covered

It's like the start of a bad joke: a vegan, a gluten-free and a paleo walk into a bar — except it's your house, and they're gathered around the Thanksgiving table. Don't panic — we've got recipes.
NPR

For Native Alaskans, Walrus May Take The Place Of Turkey

Thanksgiving is a harvest festival — the traditional menu is all about the bounty of late fall. What does your pantry look like if you're a Yupik family living off the land in rural Alaska?
NPR

Obama: 'No Sympathy' For Those Destroying Ferguson

Saying he understands the frustrations of people who feel they're not treated fairly under the law, President Obama also said, "I have no sympathy at all for destroying your own communities."
NPR

Is Digital Learning More Cost-Effective? Maybe Not

Digital learning initiatives are spreading to schools across the country, but new research raises doubts about how well they work.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.