Where are the ANC Candidates?
Traffic, parking, liquor licenses, zoning, historic preservation. These issues affect our everyday experience in Georgetown, not to mention property values. But this election season, the officials designated as the first line of community representation on such issues are getting little or no attention at all. All but one of the seven current members of Georgetown’s ANC 2E are running for re-election. You haven't heard about their campaigns? The news is not all the competition out there, but that ANC Commissioner Bill Skelsey, who represents Single Member District 2E03 (generally Wisconsin Avenue to N Street, to 36th Street to O Street to 37th Street, to P Street to 35th Street to Volta Place to Wisconsin) has not, at this writing, officially decided to run for re-election. Despite high-stakes issues like Georgetown University's expansion plan, the whole Georgetown ANC election is a stealth candidate. If nobody runs for the seat, a candidate can pursue a write-in campaign. Surely there is a civic-minded voter who wants to represent these 2,000 neighbors of ours. They deserve to be heard. ANC 2E is a collegial, responsible group. Its long, monthly agenda covers liquor license applications and renewals, public space permits and applications for loosening of zoning and historic preservation limits. Votes are usually overwhelmingly, often unanimous. And ANCs have power. By law they are given “great weight” by District agencies when making decisions about a neighborhood and, as elected officials, they have a great deal of neighborhood political power when they chose to exercise it. So The Dish is wondering why some of the controversies of the neighborhoods have not surfaced as ANC campaign issues. What is the position of the candidates on the GU expansion plan? What about the redevelopment of Jelleff for the community? How about DCPS issues? While the ANCs don't have the final say on many issues, they are an important community voice, and can shape public opinion. But only if citizens ask the questions, insist on action, and demand accountability from these elected and other officials. Now is the time to get candidates on the record and to plan to hold them to their campaign promises. Also, there is still time to run for ANC. Friday September 3rd is the deadline to get the 25 voter signatures needed to get on the ballot. Serving in these roles is a great way to learn the issues, get to know lots of neighbors, and help make the city better. Petitions and more information are available by calling the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics at (202) 727-2525 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (202) 727-2525 end_of_the_skype_highlighting. Read more at ANC 2E's website.