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DC ANC 1D05 Commissioner

Duties: Serves as a member of the Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC). Commissioners represent the views of residents of their Single Member District (SMD). After deliberation and votes, the ANC Commission advises the Mayor, Council and executive agencies in local matters such as parking, zoning, traffic, liquor licenses, permits, etc.

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    Omar Parbhoo

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What is the most important issue facing your Single Member District and how do you intend to address it?

How will you engage with residents to be an effective Commissioner, especially reaching those who are unfamiliar with the role and value of ANCs?

Is there a question you wish we had asked? If so, what is the question and how would you answer it?

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I consistently hear from residents that public safety - from unsafe roads to rising crime - is a top concern. The communal, welcoming nature of Mt Pleasant makes our neighborhood special, and we need to ensure our public spaces remain safe, open, and inclusive to maintain that unique character. On top of that, with the large number of kids in our area, we should prioritize measures that promote safe driving on neighborhood streets. As an ANC, I'll support preventative solutions that deal with these problems effectively, equitably, and respectfully. I'll work with the other commissioners to engage DDOT to evaluate and update our traffic patterns (with due deference to any negative impact changes could have on residents), and I'll coordinate with our representatives on the city council to address issues of crime (without inviting over-policing or other heavy-handed measures).
Mt Pleasant is thankfully full of people who are committed to this neighborhood and are able to put in the time to make this a welcoming, charming place to live. I plan to work closely with those neighbors, and will do my best to represent their interests and concerns as an ANC. That said, I recognize that there are many others in my SMD who don't have the luxury or ability to stay on top of the latest neighborhood issues, nor do they have to. I will proactively reach out to those communities to ensure they are properly represented as well. This means coordinating with the management at the large apartment buildings to communicate important information to their residents, providing Spanish-language outreach and minutes, and offering different options for attending monthly ANC meetings to make them more accessible.
When asked why I'm running for ANC, my answer is simply that I love Mt Pleasant and I see serving on the ANC as my small way of contributing to this great community. I've lived in the District for over 11 years, I understand the challenges and opportunities we face, and I have over a decade of experience in getting things done within large bureaucratic systems. It would be an honor and pleasure to serve my neighbors as a commissioner for ANC 1D.