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About Linda Cropp

Linda Cropp has earned a reputation for getting results.  As Chairman of the Council, Linda worked alongside Mayor Williams—passing nine balanced budgets in a row and helping bring the city back from the days of bankruptcy.   

Now, she says it is time for the city to take the next step to make sure progress touches all neighborhoods.   She knows first hand the vision, discipline, and hands-on leadership required to lead the City to the next level of change and put people first.   She led the effort to hire more police officers, earmarked $100 million to the jumpstart the school modernization program, and made sure a cap was put on rising property taxes.   She established a dedicated revenue source for affordable housing development to help families who live here stay here.

Raised by a single mother, Linda learned at an early age the importance of a good education.   As a teacher, Linda knows a good education starts in the classroom.  She ran for the School Board to fight for better schools.  She later was elected President of the Board where she pushed to create  Banneker High School which  Newsweek recently named as one of the top 50 high schools in the country.  As Mayor, she will do whatever it takes to attract and retain quality teachers and principals, establish higher learning standards, and bring back vocational training.

Linda Cropp was the first woman elected Chairman of the Council.  She is not afraid to take on the tough fights.  She stood firm against overwhelming odds to limit the City’s investment in the new ballpark and protect taxpayers against cost overruns. Linda is widely credited with strengthening the independence of the legislative branch—bolstering our push for more self-government. 

To allow greater access and participation, Linda made sure that certain budget and oversight hearings were simultaneously interpreted in Spanish and other languages of limited or no-English proficient residents.  Linda led the restoration of the historic Wilson Building and its reestablishment as City Hall—and used local, small businesses in every phase of the project.

Linda came to the District to attend Howard University where she earned a Bachelor of Art and a Master of Art degree.  She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority.  Her husband Dwight, an associate professor at The George Washington University, is a fourth generation Washingtonian who grew up East of the River.   During the early years of their marriage, they lived in Park Naylor in Southeast Washington.  Linda and Dwight have two adult children and a six year old grandson.  They live in the Crestwood neighborhood in Ward 4.

2006 LINDA CROPP for Mayor :: Paid for by the Citizens to Elect Linda Cropp Mayor. Marilyn Tyler Brown, Treasurer.
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