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DC ANC 4A07 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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    Carolyn Steptoe

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 Former 4-term elected Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner (Wards 5 & 4); Community Activist & Advocate; Professional disciplines: Legal, Legislative, Medical, Ministry(Dr.) & Policy
• The District’s “tale of two cities” income inequality remains stark. • According to DC Fiscal Policy Institute, the 2019 Census poverty and income data for the District shows “DC’s economy is marked by racial inequalities, which undermine stronger economic growth and the likelihood of truly inclusive economic recovery.” • The data shows: (1) DC’s poverty rate remains alarmingly high; (2) Poverty has the tightest grip on Black residents in DC; (3) Child poverty is an urgent, unmet crisis and (4) The benefits of economic growth are overwhelmingly concentrated at the top. • Families and households in 4A07 are hurting and suffering. • Many 4A07 residents are marginalized, left out, pushed out and ignored by city leadership. • As a 4th generation, native Washingtonian and as 4A07 commissioner, I shall work diligently in advocating the city’s paid, elected leadership to substantively legislate policy and enact laws which address the District's systemic economic and racial inequities.
• COVID and related variants continue to hamper conventional engagement. • As 4A07 commissioner, however, such will not prevent my direct circulation of materials to the 4A07 community. • Nor will such prevent my walking, eliciting and communicating with the 4A07 community. • 4A07 is a lively, family district wherein neighbors exercise and frolic. • Neighbors remain in dire need-to-know and information engagement regarding their various citizen/family needs, city services and overall quality of life in 4A07. • This new norm requires the 4A07 commissioner remain creative, proactive and visible in the 4A07 community. • I shall safely and cautiously remain visible, public and accessible to the 4A07 community to ensure effective constituent communication and engagement.
• The most poignant question all candidates must address involves gentrification and its wholesale displacement of long-term, multi-generational residents and families, especially black families and black residents. • For 13 years (2000-2013), D.C. has ranked No. 1 nationwide in its gentrification efforts. • Based on the 2019 gentrification study by The National Community Reinvestment Coalition, findings are: “D.C. had the highest percentage of gentrifying neighborhoods in the country between 2000 and 2013, . . . It estimates that around 20,000 black residents were displaced over that period. Black residents, in particular, have struggled to stay in D.C. Once known as Chocolate City, the D.C. population used to be 71.1 percent black in 1970. By 2015, that number had dropped to 48.3 percent. The study showed that D.C. was one of four cities that had the highest percentage of black displacement . . .” • As commissioner, I shall advocate vociferously for the unheard and voiceless.