DC ANC 5F04 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 on local matters such as parking, zoning, traffic, liquor licenses, permits, etc.Salary: None
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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?
I have been dedicated to a career in public service since 2009 and currently act as a program manager. I simultaneously volunteer time to understand and improve important aspects of my community, including safety, environmental and public health priorities, and neighborly support through mutual respect. I am actively involved in the Eckington Civic Association (ECA), serve as vice president of Eckington Parks & Arts EP&A), volunteer as a member and sub-committee chair for the North Capitol Deckover Steering Committee, and have been a Washington Area Bicyclists Association (WABA) member for nearly a decade. I additionally mentored a McKinley Tech graduate through high school and college. I love speaking with neighbors to better understand their perspectives, and I appreciate that nearly every bike ride or dog walk in the area means running into someone I know or getting to know a new neighbor.
Public health and safety is the single most important issue facing ANC 5F04. Public health and safety encompasses so much – dangerous driving and hazardness infrastructure that endangers pedestrians/cyclists/other drivers, crime and shootings that hurt families and lead to fear among neighbors, trash that pervades the streets and washes into our waterways, and industrial air pollution that increases risk of asthma in children and adults. I intend to elevate our community issues and priorities by directly bringing conversations to the right people in positions of authority, empowering neighbors to ask questions and take the initiative where opportunities exist, and help keep government officials accountable. I will build quality relationships with neighbors, community organizations, businesses, and government officials to encourage productive and meaningful conversations to solve real problems. Solutions require enforcement, some require testimony, and all require perseverance.
I am already knocking on doors and working to reach people through the most foundational method of communication – conversation. I intend to create a periodic newsletter to help inform neighbors about the ANC position (including both the strengths and limitations) as well as their own important role in our community, including specific ways they can engage. Newsletter distribution through some combination of online access and door-to-door or community bulletin board posting will ensure the greatest reach. It is vital to ensure access to information to those who don't have computers or have different language needs. As a candidate, my first priority is listening and learning from neighbors by talking to them door to door. My position will be empowering neighbors to act on issues of importance, connecting them to resources, and elevating concerns through available means when needed. My goal is to be accessible, encourage tangible actions and solutions, and empower them to get involved.
I think it is important to understand each candidate’s vision for the community. I envision that the neighborhoods of Edgewood and Eckington will be healthy and safe, clean and green (i.e. eco-friendly and sustainable), and welcoming and respectful for happily living, safely growing, productively working, and gracefully aging. I see a future where maturing trees and conserved greenspaces counter the summertime heat, neighbors know and support each other, people feel safe walking around during the day and at night, children have opportunities to grow and succeed, and individuals see the value in engaging and collaborating to constantly build and rebuild a positive and evolving community.
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