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DC ANC 7B03 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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    Travis R. Swanson
    (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 During my time in college, I served as Chair of our College Democrats chapter, and later went on to serve as Chair of our county Democratic Party. During my final year of college, I was elected to the County Board of Supervisor - the legislative body who makes laws for the county - where I represented the residents of Winnebago County's 13th supervisory district. Since 2016, I have served on the board of the Randle Highlands Citizens’ Civic Association, and since 2021 have been representing ANC 7B03, which includes parts of the Dupont Park, Fairlawn, Randle Highlands, and Twining communities. During my tenure on ANC 7B I have been responsive to the communities who entrusted me to be their voice and have been successful and effective at addressing the issues people raised. Additionally, I serve as the Treasurer of the Pennsylvania Avenue East Community Coalition, a community group focused on responsible economic development along the Pennsylvania Avenue corridor in Ward 7. The newly redrawn 7B03 has shifted to only include the Randle Highlands community, and I am ready to continue working for the community I love to help better the lives of people in 7B03, Ward 7, and Washington, D.C. at-large.
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Common issues I have heard from 7B03 residents include traffic calming, NPS property maintenance, and businesses not properly maintaining their properties. I have answered these calls by working with residents and DDOT to have several speed humps installed in 7B03. I have also worked with DPW and directly with businesses to help correct the lack of maintenance on commercial spaces, as well as regularly met with NPS regarding better and regular maintenance of their properties in 7B03. Additionally, I helped to successfully create a relationship with CSX to address overgrowth along their discontinued tracks along Fairlawn Ave. This is something community advocates have been seeking for more than 20 years, and I was proud to help make their dream a reality. If reelected I intend to continue building off these successes and continuing to form coalitions with agencies and the businesses in our community so everyone’s voice can be heard, and resolutions reached in a timely manner.
I pride myself on being easily available and accessible to 7B03 residents by whatever means is easiest for them. I am active on social media to keep people aware of community happenings and keep the direct messaging feature open for anyone to reach out. I am also one of the few 7B commissioners who chose to publish their phone number on our website since some people prefer to call, and I am available to people via phone calls and text messages, and of course via email. But not everyone uses social media or even has access to the internet to find this information. This is why I regularly conduct door-to-door canvasses and lit drops anytime I receive requests (application, NOI, etc) impacting a particular block because it is important residents are aware of things impacting their block. The COVID-19 pandemic has made it more difficult to kick off in 2021, but I'm also planning to start holding a regular 7B03 community meeting so I can be even more connected with members of the community.
Q: Transit needs impact everyone in the city. What are your thoughts on increasing safety for pedestrians and cyclists, while also streamlining transit needs for bus/rail users and drivers? A: 7B03 is almost exclusively residential, however the presence of several busier streets has been a concern for pedestrian and cyclist safety. Traffic speeds have caused several accidents and near misses on 25th St and Penn Ave, & are problematic for many users; speed humps and other calming measures have helped reduce this issue. I also think it is important when conducting transit studies that WOTR & EOTR corridors like Penn Ave be thought of as one continuous corridor. Although Penn Ave SE from 2nd St to Branch Ave is part of DDOTs bus priority corridor, when looking at transit improvements they only studied 2nd to Barney Cir, leaving EOTR to wait until a later time. There is no reason to not look at entire corridors as one, and I will continue working with DDOT to ensure EOTR isn’t left behind.