The deadline for filing to run in the race for an Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) seat is rapidly approaching, and this past weekend, one local resident announced his candidacy for the 2B-09 seat in Dupont Circle.
Noah Smith, who currently serves as a public safety liaison for ANC 2B, is running in the local election for the first time. Ramon Estrada, the five-term ANC incumbent for seat 2B-09, has not confirmed his plans to run in the November 6 election; he had not picked up nominating petitions as of Monday.
Smith, who describes himself as having “a passion for public service,” believes that one of the most important roles of an ANC Commissioner is to be an advocate for residents when dealing with the DC government.
“I hope to serve as a liaison between the alphabet soup of government agencies and my neighbors to bring critical information to our community faster and to help address concerns sooner,” said Smith, who has lived in DC for seven years and in the Dupont neighborhood for a year-and-a-half.
Smith is a volunteer EMT and a Federal highway safety official, and hopes to bring his experience in public safety to neighborhood government.
“I am running for ANC to build on my past work to improve the safety of our neighborhood’s roads, including for pedestrians and bicyclists, and to foster a collaborative approach to problem solving,” said Smith.
Smith is also campaigning on neighborhood development, promising to balance the (often times) delicate relationships between neighbors and businesses and work to find collaborative solutions that meet the needs of the community.
The area for ANC 2B-09 encompasses S Street, 17th Street, New Hampshire Avenue, U Street and 14th Street.
The deadline for filing to run for an ANC seat is Wednesday, August 8. Elections for ANC positions are on the November 6 ballot and are non-partisan. 300 seats throughout the city are up for reelection this year. Commissioners elected into the ANC will serve for two years.