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DC ANC 6B09 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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    Matt Lafortune
    (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 Resident Member, ANC 6B Transportation Committee
Campaign Twitter Handle @https://twitter.com/MattLaFortune
Dangerous driving has increased since the beginning of the pandemic. In 2021, there were 40 traffic fatalities across the District, the deadliest year since 2007. I currently serve as a resident member on our ANC’s transportation committee and am committed to making our streets safer for everyone who walks, bikes, or drives in our neighborhood. As the Commissioner for 6B09, I will pass resolutions in favor of infrastructure changes to make Vision Zero a reality, submit Traffic Safety Investigation (TSI) requests for dangerous intersections in our district, and testify before the DC Council in support of legislation to make our streets safer, such as the Walk Without Worry Act and the Safe Routes to School Act.
The most important job of an ANC is to listen. If elected, I’ll need your help to catch potholes that need to be filled, trash that hasn’t been collected, and abandoned cars that need to be towed. As the Commissioner for 6B09, I will respond promptly to all constituent requests and share opportunities to provide input on neighborhood projects, submit regular 311 requests for service within the district, and organize quarterly neighborhood cleanups and other activities to better our community.
The lack of affordable housing options across DC creates a major disincentive for young families looking to stay in the District. ANCs have a major say in new development projects.

Hill East has seen significant development in recent years, bringing with it new amenities like the Roost. However, like most of DC, our neighborhood is getting more expensive for new arrivals and long-time residents alike. As the Commissioner for 6B09, I will support strong affordable housing requirements for planned unit developments in the neighborhood, contribute to discussions about new development at RFK and Reservation 13, and advocate for redevelopment of the Southeast Boulevard to improve river access for Hill East residents and increase opportunity for housing on unused land.