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DC ANC 1C03 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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    Peter Wood
    (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 Incumbent commissioner, community volunteer, organizer, social science researcher, international business analyst
Campaign Twitter Handle @notPeterWood
If forced to choose just one issue as most important for ANC 1C03, I would say it is public safety. Both as pedestrians and as residents in a city plagued by gun violence, my neighbors and I have encountered a particularly stressful past few years. Simply walking in one’s neighborhood can end—and has ended—in violent tragedy. The next step in improving public safety is to push Council and the Mayor to invest in pedestrian-focused infrastructure. The benefits of this are at least threefold: 1) safe, walkable neighborhoods are less likely to have traffic deaths and injuries; 2) reducing car ownership lowers the opportunities for potential offenders to attempt car jackings; 3) incentivizing residents to retrieve mail on foot or bicycle from centralized facilities would lower theft and mitigate the risk for such situations to escalate into violence.
Establishing and sustaining community engagement is notoriously difficult for local officials. My approach is to exhaust a breadth of options: some people respond well to emails, others social media, some phone calls, and many prefer face-to-face dialogue. As commissioner, I will continue to dedicate time and energy to make sure any constituent who wishes to have a good faith conversation is afforded that opportunity via whatever platform best serves them. For this to reach residents unfamiliar with ANCs, I must be sure to proactively seek out constituents in the community to listen to and learn from their experiences.
One question I often ask myself is whether the ANC system is designed for success. My answer is no. The general goal of Advisory Neighborhood Commissions is commendable: democratize representation in a state systemically denied a voice in federal government. However, having 300+ unpaid, undertrained volunteers with no formal authority serve as the de facto community outreach staff for DC Council and agencies is not conducive to progress. For DC’s government to adequately serve its residents, we need changes big and small. Those include attaining DC statehood, expanding DC Council, and either making ANCs paid positions with specific powers given more than “great weight” or eliminating the system in favor of a state legislature.