Eugene Puryear

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Eugene Puryear
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Former candidate for
Washington, D.C. City Council, At-Large Seat
PartyGreen Party
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sHoward University
ProfessionPolitical activist
Campaign website
Eugene Puryear was a 2014 D.C. Statehood Green Party candidate for an at-large seat on the city council of Washington, D.C.


Puryear is the co-founder of the Jobs Not Jails Coalition in D.C. He is also the author of the book, Shackled and Chained: Mass Incarceration in Capitalist America.[1]


Campaign themes


On his campaign website, Puryear highlighted the following issues:[2]


  • Excerpt: "Fighting for equality requires, first and foremost, a commitment to allowing all people to have decent work at living wages, period. The D.C. Council should commit right away to full employment."

Minimum wage

  • Excerpt: "In a locality that is in the top five in income inequality, the only way to truly narrow this gap is for working people to have a true living wage. We say raise the wage and fight poverty!"


  • Excerpt: "Eight in 10 arrests in D.C. are of Black males, many for petty marijuana possession; that is, for non-violent "crimes." Data clearly shows that Blacks and whites use drugs at roughly the same rate, yet the racial disparities in arrests are off the charts. These drug war policies are ravaging whole communities, restricting the work, education, and housing options of thousands of Black residents of the District. This racist policing and its accompanying policies must stop immediately!"

Affordable housing

  • Excerpt: "The rising cost of housing in D.C. is turning formerly poor neighborhoods into playgrounds for the rich. Gentrification has resulted in a median rent of over $1,400! With tens of thousands on affordable housing waiting lists, even those with decent work are being squeezed by the thirst for profits among developers and rental companies. Housing is a right, and every D.C. resident should have access to it at a price affordable to them. While we develop approaches to solving the crises in housing and homelessness, we must freeze rents, halt evictions and declare a moratorium on foreclosures."



See also: Washington, D.C. Council elections, 2014

Washington, D.C. held elections for two at-large city council seats on November 4, 2014. A primary election took place on April 1.

Incumbent Anita Bonds defeated Nate Bennett Fleming, Kathy Henderson, Chantel Mapp, Pedro Rubio, John Settles, II and Kevin Valentine Jr. in the Democratic primary. Eugene Puryear defeated G. Lee Aikin in the D.C. Statehood Green Party primary.[3][4] Bonds and Elissa Silverman (I) defeated Puryear, Michael D. Brown (I), Frederick Steiner (L), Eric J. Jones (I), Kishan Putta (I), Wendell Felder (I), Courtney R. Snowden (I), Brian Hart (I), Robert White (I), Calvin H. Gurley (I), Graylan Scott Hagler (I) and Khalid Pitts (I) in the general election.[5][6]

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