Tommy Wells, DC Councilman, to live on minimum wage for a week

7:24 AM, Dec 11, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- D.C. Councilmember and mayoral candidate Tommy Wells will try to live off a budget based on DC's $8.25 minimum wage.

Wells announced his #LiveTheWage Challenge at the 4th and M, SW Safeway on Wednesday. The councilmember will see if he can eat and travel on that amount of money for the seven days.

We're told the councilmember is participating in the challenge "to draw attention to the immediate need to address DC's increase in poverty; this starts with raising the minimum wage," according to his office.

Wells will document his experience at, his Facebook page ( and Twitter (@TommyWells and @TommyWells2014), using the hashtag #LiveTheWage.

Here's his first video:  

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