Activists in support of lifting the ban on rent control protested against State Rep. Curtis J. Tarver II (25th) for switching his position on rent control and voting against house bill 255, which would repeal the Rent Control Preemption Act of 1997.
On April 10, about 40 protestors from the Lift The Ban Coalition and Tenants United gathered at Nichols Park, 1355 E. 53rd St., and walked to Tarver’s office, 1303 E. 53rd St.
As cited by members of the coalition, in a January 2018 article published by the Herald, Tarver said he supported repealing the ban on rent control. He made his statement during a candidate forum held by the People United For Action and the United Working Families.
By voting against the bill, local activists see Tarver’s vote as ignoring the wishes of constituents who voted in favor of lifting the ban on a referendum during the midterm election in 2018. After realizing that he switched his position after being elected to office, many saw it as a betrayal of trust.