Borderstan is focusing primarily on what look to be contested races for your local Advisory Neighborhood Commissions, or ANCs, on November 6. ANCs can have a lot of sway in how your city and neighborhood work for you, or don’t. We’ll know for certain who’s running for ANC (and who is not) today or tomorrow. Yesterday, August 8, was the deadline for candidates to have submitted their petitions to get on the ballot.
However, one uncontested ANC candidate caught our eye: Marc Morgan. You might recall Morgan ran as the Republican challenger in 2010 against incumbent Jim Graham for the Ward 1 Council seat. Morgan is now running for the seat held by longtime 1B-01 Commissioner Myla Moss, who is not seeking another term; she is also the current chairperson of ANC 1B.
An experienced community figure, Marc Morgan, is running in a seat in a district that encompasses the LeDroit Park neighborhood and the very northeastern edge of Borderstan. Morgan has twice been elected president of the LeDroit Park Civic Association, and serves on two committees for ANC 1B01 — Grants, and Alcoholic Beverage Control. He also serves on the Boards of Adams Morgan Mainstreet, D.C. Black Pride, and Log Cabin Republicans.
As head of the LeDroit Park Civic Association, Morgan established BADGE: Business and Domicile Geographic Enforcement). A crime-fighting initiative, BADGE advocated for more walking police patrols in LeDroit Park and Bloomingdale. Morgan plans to continue his work in crime reduction if elected to the ANC this fall. “I plan to work closely with residents and business owners on prevention efforts, as well as with MPD on increasing their presence in the neighborhood,” said Morgan, who has lived in DC for 12 years and LeDroit Park for four years.
As for constituent services and development, Morgan said he plans to promote small business development and to become a stronger advocate for residents when dealing with DC agencies.
Morgan is also father to a son, who graduated from Cardozo High School, and is now a U.S. Marine. On the matter of ANCs and DC Public Schools, some ANCs are becoming more involved with the schools within their boundaries — something Morgan supports.
“I believe the ANC’s should be more actively involved with DCPS! First, by supporting a strategic school reform program that consist of more emphasis on the arts and technology. I also see the ANC as a platform to promote STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) — something that has been lacking in our public school system. When my son was at Cardozo, I was a strong advocate for a STEM curriculum. It’s one of things we can promote to help make our youth more competitive in a global marketplace,” said Morgan.
As for his day job, Morgan is director of Development and Strategic Partnerships for the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE), a non-profit that supports the scale up of renewable energy projects and policies.