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Know a Candidate: Kate McMahon, ANC 2F06

by Borderstan.com — October 26, 2010 at 5:00 am 1,259 2 Comments

Kate McMahon ANC 2F06

Kate McMahon is challenging incumbent Mike Benardo in ANC 2F06. (Photo courtesy Kate McMahon)

From Michelle Lancaster

Borderstan is covering four contested Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) races in the three local ANCs: ANC 1B02, 1B04, 2B09 and 2F06. The general election is Nov. 2. Today’s interview is with Kate McMahon, the challenger to Michael Benardo in ANC 2F06 (see Borderstan interview).

ANC 2F06 is the area at the east side of ANC 2F, roughly between 9th and 11th Streets south of Logan Circle to I Street NW, and between 11th and 13th Streets north of the Logan Circle to R Street NW (see the map below the fold). You can learn more about the district at the DC Citizen Atlas. ANC 2F has six commissioners and includes Logan Circle, Thomas Circle and areas to the east.

ANC commissioners are elected from Single Member Districts (SMDs) in the city’s 37 ANCs. While the number of commissioners in each ANC varies, each SMD has approximately 2,000 residents. (See links to related posts at bottom.)

Borderstan: Please provide your name, age and a brief biography, including number of years residing in DC and your ANC district.

McMahon: My name is Kate McMahon. I’m 28 years old and have lived in the ANC 2F area for seven years. I currently live in the ANC 2F06 single member district. I began in DC as a special education teacher at Meyer Elementary school. After teaching at Meyer for three years, I moved to E.L. Haynes PCS where I taught for another two years. I currently work with The New Teacher Project but will soon be transitioning to DCPS to work on their teacher evaluation team.

ANC 2F06 Mike Benardo Logan Circle Shaw

ANC 2F covers the Logan Circle area as well as Thomas Circle and the western part of Shaw. District 06 is on the east side. (ANC 2F website)

Borderstan: How – and how often – would you reach out to constituents, both residential and business?

McMahon: I plan to reach out to constituents and businesses on a very regular basis. Connecting with constituents and businesses and representing their voices is my top priority. I think we are in desperate need of stronger and more regular community communication structures (an interactive website, targeted email lists and neighborhood flyers are just a couple of my ideas). Folks need to know upcoming ANC issues in order to share opinions and have their voices represented.

Borderstan: What do you see as the most important three functions of an ANC commissioner, in order of priority?

McMahon: (1) Communicating with constituents and businesses and representing their voices in our local government; (2) Ensuring our neighborhood grows both economically and socially while still preserving our neighborhood’s unique character; and (3) Increasing community safety.

Borderstan: What is your vision for the 9th Street corridor?

McMahon: ANC 2F-06 is central to the 9th Street corridor and I feel fortunate to live in such a dynamic intersection of government, business and art. I envision ANC 2F06 developing right along with the 9th Street corridor. The development of the 9th Street corridor will have a positive economic impact on our neighborhood and homes. It will be my priority to ensure that while we enjoy this growth, we also preserve our intimate neighborhood feel and that safety continues to improve.

Borderstan: Who are the three owners of three local businesses in your district (or the entire ANC) that you turn to for advice on business-related issues?

McMahon: I intend to reach out to all businesses located in ANC 2F06 to learn their priorities and concerns. Similarly, I would like to hear from residents about which businesses they patron, businesses they would like see entering the neighborhood and if there are any concerns regarding local business.

Borderstan: What is the most important thing voters should know about you prior to the election?

McMahon: The most important thing voters should know about me is that I want to hear from you! I want to know what is important to you and to represent your voice on our ANC. Please send me an email at [email protected] or visit my website.

ANC Candidate Interview Series

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Comments (2)

  1. Hate to say it, but I didn’t really get anything out of this interview; I feel like all the answers were political fluff. Benardo’s interview, on the other hand, says he wants 9th to be “vibrant, yet relaxed” — giving at least a hint of a picture for the reader.

    She should already know the concerns prior to this interview; not after taking office. Admittedly, I’d probably take her same approach were I running, myself, as it could seem a bit awkward to go about interviewing managers/owners when you’re, at the moment, a political nobody… but when running against a generally well-regarded incumbent, it takes a bit of advance effort.

  2. “Who are the three owners of three local businesses in your district (or the entire ANC) that you turn to for advice on business-related issues?”

    Ummm…should we check her website for the answer?

    I can-not stand it when someone wanting my vote doesn’t answer the question.

    Regardless whether or not you hold the position you should be able to name 3 businesses and their owners in your district.

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