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DC ANC 3/4G04 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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    Michael Zeldin

Información Biográfica

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?

Qualifications I have lived in DC for nearly 50 years and on Tennyson Street for over 30. I am married to Amy Rudnick. Our two children were born and raised in DC. I have the experience and skills needed to be an effective advocate. I am a consensus builder who listens, learns, empathizes, and will work to build a more inclusive community. I have been involved in local politics for many years and have worked with the agencies that most directly impact our lives. I enjoy the support of many community leaders, including former Mayor Adrian Fenty, Councilmembers Mary Cheh and Brandon Todd, former DC Attorney General Irv Nathan, and current 3/4G04 ANC Commissioner Rebecca Maydak. Professionally, I have been a Legal Aid and defense attorney, federal prosecutor, Congressional counsel, and private sector attorney and consultant. I have taught at the college and law school levels, including as a Resident Fellow in the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School at Harvard University. Most recently, I was an on-air CNN Legal Analyst. I am a Board member of KEEN Greater DC-Baltimore (providing free programming for young people with physical and developmental disabilities), an Auction Committee Chair for KidSave (providing adoption services for older children), and a mentor in the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy Scholar-Athlete program. For years, I coached my children’s DC Stoddert soccer teams. I ride for the DC Velo bicycle team. I’m a sports fan, a music lover, and a budding photographer and guitarist. I will work tirelessly for you on the issues we face day-to-day as individuals and as a community. I encourage you to visit my website to learn more about me, my candidacy, and where I stand on the issues that are so important to our community. https://michaelzeldin.com/ I look forward to receiving your input and support. Michael Zeldin
Campaign YouTube URL http://youtu.be/jEGb9u3Gh6c
We face many important issues: Infrastructure, public safety, economic development, education, environment, equality, and DC Statehood. These issues are interrelated and part of what I consider the most important issue - the safety and well-being of our community, especially of our children and seniors. We need to slow down traffic with traffic-calming measures and repair our streets and sidewalks. We need to develop a plan to address the dangers posed by CT Avenue traffic to bicyclists and pedestrians. We need to ensure the safe return to school of our teachers and children and that there are sufficient resources for children who must make-up time lost by the pandemic. We must lobby the Mayor to address the overcrowding at Lafayette. Our seniors desperately need programs, making it critical to include them in the community center/library complex plan. And we need to address water runoff from our streets. I intend to help develop executable plans and work tirelessly for their adoption.
During my campaign, I have made it a point to walk every block and to speak to the residents of our SMD. If elected, I will continue to be accessible and available. I will transform my website, MichaelZeldin.com, to a two-way communications vehicle for our SMD and will establish regular office hours so residents can speak with me. I will hold virtual townhall meetings to update our SMD residents and to engage in open discussions so that I can advocate effectively for all our interests. To facilitate contact among us, I will establish an SMD listserv or a phone/email directory. I also would like to expand our social media footprint to provide more points of access to the ANC. Constituent services will be my priority. We can do this together.
Why am I the best ANC candidate for Ward 3/4 G-04? I have the experience, skills, and compassion to be an effective ANC Commissioner. I know how to get things done - to build consensus and advocate for our collective community interests. Having just retired, I will be accessible and will work full time to address all the critical issues: Infrastructure, public safety, economic development, education, environment, and equality. I know our neighborhood. I have lived here over 30 years. My children grew up here. I have been involved in local politics for decades; have worked with current DC Council members and local agencies; and have excellent relations with the Mayor’s office. I am committed to reducing school overcrowding by working with the Mayor to find lasting solutions. My community activities - focused on youth with disabilities and mentoring at-risk students - enable me to advocate for better services. I know the DC government can do better. I will work hard to make that happen.