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DC ANC 6B03 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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    David Sobelsohn
    (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 A graduate of the University of Chicago and Boston University Law School, I have taught at Stanford Law School and at law schools in Cleveland and Detroit. I have reported on the United States Supreme Court for a news service and published scholarly articles on constitutional law. As Chief Legislative Counsel for the Human Rights Campaign, I led HRC's work drafting and organizing the first-ever congressional hearing on a gay-rights bill, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Election as ANC 6B03 commissioner would mark my second stint as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner. From 2005-11, I served as an ANC commissioner in Southwest DC. In addition to serving as that ANC’s vice-chair and secretary, I negotiated community-benefits agreements for what was then DC's most rapidly redeveloping neighborhood. Development must benefit people who already live in a community, not just attract newcomers and visitors.
My top priority is to facilitate communication between 6B residents and their ANC commissioners. ANC 6B currently has no working telephone number, and apparently current 6B commissioners see no need for one. I will also work to ensure residents have input into the impending renovation of our Southeast library, including access to substitute facilities during the months the library is closed for construction. In addition, recent otherwise welcomed enhancement of the Eastern Market Metrorail plaza has had untoward side-effects that demand urgent attention.
I will go door-to-door to meet residents. I will also gather email addresses for an email list, send periodic reports to that list, and make sure I and the ANC are both accessible not only by email but also by telephone. As I did when I was an ANC commissioner in Southwest DC, I will regularly attend and, if permitted, speak at neighborhood gatherings.
I wish you had asked "How will you ensure that commercial development in your ANC benefits those who currently live in your ANC instead of only attracting visitors or newcomers?" I would answer this question as I answered it when I was previously an ANC commissioner: I will work to hinge ANC approval for commercial development on specific enforceable promises from the developer to do things to benefit the community, such as providing preferences for affordable-housing units, organizing free-admission street festivals, and providing connections and training to help find jobs for local public-school students. I negotiated these and other community benefits as an ANC commissioner when I served from 2005-11 in Southwest DC.