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DC ANC 7D09 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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    Ashley Schapitl
    (NON)

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    Shane Seger
    (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 a long-time resident who knows the community, I have a demonstrated commitment to public service, and I understand how governments work. First, I have lived and worked on Capitol Hill for 14 years. I know this community and have seen it grow and change first hand since 2008. In my current position on the Senate Finance Committee, I have helped lead efforts to pass legislation to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, transition to clean energy, increase housing supply, and lower health care and prescription drug costs. Most recently, I led communications efforts on policies included in the Inflation Reduction Act, the most significant legislation to respond to the climate crisis ever passed by Congress. While ANC issues are far different than those in Congress, I know how to build consensus and get things done—whether it takes two weeks in the case of the initial COVID-19 package, or 12 years in the case of our climate bill. I also know how to incorporate feedback. Prior to my work on the committee, I worked in members’ personal congressional offices, so I also know how to effectively represent constituents and help them navigate issues with government agencies. In addition to more than a decade of federal experience, I have significant local experience. Before moving to Hill East, I served on the board of my condominium on H Street for four years. I increased our building reserves tenfold, oversaw numerous capital improvements, and served as a liaison with city officials on a range of issues, from crime to construction. I also oversaw internal deliberations and owner engagement on issues like roof repair and rental rules. As anyone who has ever served on an HOA knows, these issues spark passion on all sides. Both of these issues took extensive negotiations to resolve. Since moving to Hill East, I have attended many meetings about Reservation 13 redevelopment, redistricting, and the Boys and Girls Club, to name a few. I know the issues most important to my neighbors. Thank you for your consideration of my candidacy.
In my neighborhood, I believe the biggest issue is housing supply, particularly “missing middle” and affordable housing. The average price of row homes in my neighborhood has increased by several hundred thousand dollars in previous years. I could barely afford my house today, and I have only lived in it for six years. This is not sustainable if Hill East is going to continue to grow and remain a diverse community, particularly as families are looking for more space to accommodate children and working from home. If elected, I would be supportive of projects that sought to address both missing middle and affordable housing. As these projects are being considered, I would advocate for developers to maximize these types of housing. I would also support efforts to make it easier to build accessory dwelling units and rent out basements. Given the supply of row homes in Hill East, this is another important way to expand housing supply. DCRA makes it needlessly difficult to do this.
Having worked for members of Congress for 14 years, I know how to engage with residents and and the importance of doing so. I am out knocking doors and plan to knock on every door of the SMD at least once. If elected, I plan to hold monthly office hours for neighbors to share their concerns and maintain a newsletter so residents are aware of what's happening in the SMD and ANC more broadly.
What is your top priority given the role of ANC Commissioners?

Having worked for members of Congress for 14 years, I know the importance of providing first-rate constituent services. Often the biggest differences a Congressional office makes in constituents’ lives deals with resolving immigration cases, Veterans Administration claims, or tax refund backlogs. At the local level constituent services are every bit as important, maybe even more. My top priority as an ANC Commissioner will be to help constituents resolve issues with city government, whether it’s trash collection or traffic calming.
Qualifications I have a reputation for being a listener, a collaborator, and a creative problem solver. I have worked in strategic communications for more than two decades – as a small business owner, in New York State politics, and at multiple higher education institutions. I currently work in communications at the George Washington University. I started my professional career in Ithaca, New York. In 2005, after several years as an advocate for the local LGBTQIA+ community, I was elected to serve on Ithaca’s Common Council. As an Alderperson, I focused on increasing housing in the city’s downtown core as well as quality-of-life issues. I spent three years in New York City as a communications director and constituent services staff for a New York State Assemblymember. The Assemblymember was the lead sponsor of New York State’s marriage equality legislation, and I was thrilled to support his efforts to get that bill passed. Soon after moving to DC, I was appointed to serve as a member of the Alcohol Policy Committee for Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2F. ANC 2F includes Logan Circle and parts of Shaw, both of which have vibrant restaurant and nightlife scenes. It was in this capacity that I came to appreciate the role that an ANC plays in its constituents’ day-to-day lives. While living in New York City I also began volunteering with a program that prepared free tax returns for low- and moderate-income families. Since then, I have volunteered for similar programs everywhere I’ve lived, including the District.
Campaign Twitter Handle @shaneseger
Traffic safety and public safety are the most common issues that are raised by neighbors. Addressing both will make this neighborhood and the District more livable. I support redesigning streets and sidewalks to prioritize safety and accessibility. If elected, I would initiate Traffic Safety Investigations, host safety walks, and go door-to-door to get neighbor input and support for solutions. With regard to public safety, I commit to cultivating a collaborative relationship with residents, MPD, and District agencies to improve public safety in Hill East, reduce gun violence, and increase sharing of information. An ANC commissioner can play an important role in public safety, making sure neighbors are well-informed, convening neighborhood conversations, and supporting neighbors that have been impacted. More information about my priorities can be found on my website: https://www.shaneseger.com/issues
I want to create opportunities for the Hill East community to come together, share ideas, and collaborate to improve our neighborhood. I am committed to empowering more neighbors to participate in public decision-making and in amplifying voices that are routinely excluded. There is no substitute for having conversations and hearing directly from others. I have learned so much by going door-to-door and meeting neighbors. If I am elected, I will continue to engage neighbors this way. I will also work to cultivate relationships with neighbors that are leaders for their blocks and tenant associations. For neighbors that want to engage online, I will build an e-newsletter, website, and social media presence to share ANC business and promote community events. When appropriate, I will utilize neighborhood listservs and distribute letters or postcards.
One question I often get asked is, “Why did you want to run for ANC?” My husband and I have come to love Hill East because of the kindness and generosity of our neighbors. I am running for ANC to help build community here and to advocate for changes that will improve the quality of life for those neighbors. I have always been passionate about local issues and have sought ways to be involved in my community. If I am elected, I will work hard to advance issues that are important to my neighbors and create a more livable Hill East. You can read more, share issues that are important to you, and sign up for community updates by visiting my website: https://www.shaneseger.com