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DC ANC 5B01 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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    Edward Borrego
    (NON)

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 am happily married, and my spouse (Emily) and I have two children ages (nearly) 6 and 3. I've been a proud DC resident for more than 12 years and a Woodridge resident since 2017. I have worked in Information Technology, Information Security, and Project/Program Management at various federal government agencies for over 18 years. I have a Masters in Public Administration from The George Washington University here in DC and a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from the University of Oklahoma. On the rare occasions I'm not busy with the family, I like to garden (and battle the relentless and invasive porcelain berry) as well as attempt to play the banjo. I previously practiced Aikido for many years and hope to again in the future (I can personally recommend a great dojo if you are interested). I also like hats. Both my parents are Episcopal priests, and growing up they taught me how to work in the service of others, seek to understand, and meet people where they are. Following their example, since moving here, I have tried in my own way to make the neighborhood better. Walking around the neighborhood picking up trash has helped me not only to meet some of my neighbors, but also helped me to see issues that seem impossible to tackle. However, I believe in taking action, no matter how small, and working my way up.
Campaign Twitter Handle @BorregoANC5B01
The most important issue facing Single Member District 5B01, is the same issue facing much of Washington DC as a whole: safe streets. The streets here continue to be unsafe for drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians – people. We must do something to change the direction because it keeps getting worse. In DC the number of traffic deaths has reached their highest level in 15 years, and in the US it was just reported we have the highest number of first-quarter fatalities in 20 years. The data just confirms what neighbors say they have been experiencing: significant wrecks damaging schools, homes, and resulting in deaths of family, friends, and children. I intend to address this issue by leveraging the direct and indirect abilities of a Commissioner, which I go into further detail on my website: edwardforanc5b01.com.
Something I have become more aware of while campaigning is a communication gap in 5B01. While it is not surprising many may be unfamiliar with the role and value of ANCs, many residents—especially newer neighbors—feel disconnected. I believe an important role of a Commissioner is to facilitate community through communication. Therefore, if elected as Commissioner, I will: continue my habit of regularly walking around and talking with residents, starting and promoting a newsletter, being available and responsive via multiple methods, and looking for ways to provide information to residents who are unable to use the Internet. Ultimately, I want to ensure: all residents have a voice that matters in local affairs and are connected by being informed. I believe these actions will demonstrate the value of an engaged Commissioner for 5B01.
The question I would ask is, “What has changed for you personally since starting this campaign?” My answer is: I feel I’ve grown immensely from this campaign. In only a month, I have learned much more about my neighborhood, reconnected with neighbors, made new friends, and participated in events I may not have otherwise. I’m grateful to have gotten to participate in numerous events our community offered in just the last month: my son and I leaving painted handprints on the Monroe Street Bridge thanks to the Young Masters group, the Ward 5 Back to Schools event thanks to the Ward 5 Education Equity Committee (and many others), and the Open Streets event on 12th Street NE thanks to the District Department of Transportation (and many others). All this has reinforced the importance of community and how central it needs to be to the work I am, and plan, to do.