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DC ANC 5C04 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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    Jacqueline Manning
    (NON)

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    Shawn Nelson
    (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?

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Qualifications My first experience voting was about age 11. I had accompanied my grandmother Irene to the polls where I watch her cast her vote. In undergrad at The University of South Carolina, outside my studies, off-campus job and student leadership, I was involved with campus politics which led me to working as a volunteer on Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign. Every since then, for about 30 years, I have been involved with grassroots campaigns and volunteering in my communities. But now, after graduate school and work experience in the private sector and in government, I know now is the right time to advocate for my community in a way that has never been done before. I am all about being my true authentic self. I bring transparency, visibility, and accountability to the role of commissioner. I have the experience of working with all kinds of people from various backgrounds. Even when I was a journalist, I garnered valuable experience that can be used to advocate for safer communities, clean streets, better choice housing, and civil rights. I know what it means to start from the bottom. I am also humbled to be able to give back. My experience as a manager and in leadership is evidence I know how to get results, and people, communities, want results.
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Safety, which encompasses a number of things, is a top priority. Whether it be preventing the deaths of bike riders, slowing down vehicle traffic so pedestrians (especially children) can walk on sidewalks, or curbing gun violence, safety in every aspect of life has to be addressed. There is so much that can be done now like: adding more traffic lights, putting up sidewalk barriers, ensuring there’s enforcement of laws, changing the landscape of streets and highways, cleaning up the trash on a regular basis, etc. I hear all the time from neighbors who want to be able to walk without concern to a neighborhood restaurant or bar, but don’t feel safe doing so. I even hear from neighbors who drive their cars and are afraid to be on the road because of the blatant disregard some drivers have to traffic laws. Everyone want to feel safe to go about their lives, but rather you’re walking, jogging, biking or driving, people don’t feel safe, and therefore changes are overdue.
I am already engaging with residents. In some ways I have already been doing some tasks expected of a commissioner. I organized trash pick day by bringing residents together to walk the neighborhood to pick up trash. I was able to get zone parking for a part of a neighborhood that wanted it. I have taken part in various meetings regarding city planning and I communicated what was learned to residents. Additionally, I gave a website where I will communicate all things commissioner-related. All that said, I am visible. The residents know where I am. I am always out and about in the neighborhood. It is important to be consistent with conducting and hosting community meetings and bring a good partner (teammate) to other community leaders and commissioners. It’s how I’ve always been with my community.
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