Longtime D.C. elected official Carol Schwartz has released her autobiography: Quite a Life!: From Defeat to Defeat … and Back. Carol began her service to the District of Columbia when she was elected to the Board of Education on the first Home Rule ballot in 1974, and served two terms there. She then served 16 years as an at-large member of the D.C. Council (1985-1989; 1997-2009). Now an Independent for four years, she was a Republican then in a city with 11 Democrats to one Republican when she ran for Mayor five times, coming close to defeating Marion Barry in 1994. That is still the closest Mayoral general election in the city’s history.
Carol has also devoted herself to the city as a community volunteer for decades, serving on the Boards of the Whitman-Walker Clinic, the Metropolitan Police Boys and Girls Clubs (where became its first woman president), the Hattie M. Strong Foundation, the Humane Rescue Alliance, among others.
Always a straight-shooter, in Quite a Life!, Carol talks about her life with characteristic candor and her opinions with unbridled honesty—and usually with humor. From her difficult childhood in West Texas to her unexpected political victories, to her losses both in public and private life, including the sudden death of her husband, Carol Schwartz tells it like it was, warts and all.
As Carol says, “If you want someone to give you a sugar-coated synopsis of a life, go elsewhere. But if you want an outspoken personal autobiography—with pictures galore—that also talks about the history of D.C. since Home Rule, takes you behind the scenes of chaotic campaigns, as well as shows you the inner-workings of government—all rolled together—come on this ride with me.”
It’s a journey of wins and defeats, and coming back with hope. See more at https://www.caroldc.com
. You can also read a recent Washington Post article regarding the book release here
Copies of the book will be available for sale during the event and Carol will be able to sign books.
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