From Tom Hay. Follow him on Twitter @Tomonswann or email him at Tom[AT]borderstan.com.
A few weeks ago we gave you an early overview of who picked up candidate petitions for Borderstan-area Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) seats.
In the Borderstan area, there are 21 Single Member District (SMD) seats up for grabs on the November 6 ballot in three different local ANCs: 2B/Dupont, 2F/Logan and 1B, which includes most of the U Street corridor.
The deadline for submitting petitions was close of businesses on Wednesday at the DC Board of Elections and Ethics (BOEE), and the updated list of candidates who have submitted the required 25 signatures can be found on their website. Occasionally, candidates are denied ballot access when petition signatures are declared invalid. Plus, some candidates pull out of a race prior to election day.
Redistricting Changes ANC Boundaries
Registered DC voters should have received a new voter registration card in the mail which reflects redistricting changes to Ward, ANC and SMD boundaries. In the Borderstan area redistricting affected all three ANCs, particularly 1B and 2F, both of which have additional SMDs due to population growth over the past decade.
Contested races are now confirmed for SMDs 2B-03 and 2B-04 in ANC 2B, while in the other seven seats there is only one candidate.
- The 2B0-3 slate to replace the retiring Bob Meehan has two candidates, Bevan Mace and Stephanie Maltz.
- The 2B0-4 race for the seat now held by Jack Jacobson, who is running for Ward 2 representative to the DC Board of Education. Confirmed candidates for his seat are Martin Espinoza, Stephanie Sheridan and Kishan Putta.
- Leo Dwyer is the sole candidate for the 2B-07 seat held by Phil Carney who is retiring.
- Similarly situated is Noah Smith, who is running unopposed for the 2B-09 seat held by Ramon Estrada; he is not seeking reelection after 10 years holding the seat.
- Incumbent Commissioners Mike Feldstein (2B-01), Kevin O’Connor (2B-02), Victor Wexler (2B-05), Mike Silverstein (2B-06) and Will Stephens (2B-08) have no opponents.
ANC 2F/Logan Circle
- Current Chair of 2F, Mike Benardo, is not seeking reelection for the 2F-06 seat. The only candidate for the recently redrawn 2F-06 is Greg Melcher .
- Longtime Commissioner Charles Reed in 2F-01 is retiring and the only candidate to file papers is Peter Lallas.
- Candidates Chris Linn (2F-03), James Lamare (2F-05) and Greg Melcher (2F-06) face no opposition. Current Commissioner Matt Raymond (2F-07) is also running unopposed.
- In 2F-04 are John Fanning and Joel Heisey will face off on November 6.
- Incumbent Commissioner Matthew Connolly will face Howard Marks on election day. He currently represents SMD 05, but with the new map he is in SMD 08. Update: Ricardo Ampudia’s nominating petitions were challenged and the Board of Elections declared he lacked the necessary signature to be on the November 6 ballot.
- Noteworthy in 2F is a three-way race for the 2F0-2 seat vacated this year by Nick Barron. Running for the seat — which includes the commercial strip along the 1400 block of P Street NW — are Adam Stempel, Walt Cain and James Baker. Note: Jack Jetmund withdrew from the race.
There is only one contested race in ANC 1B that falls within the boundaries of the Borderstan coverage area. ANC 1B now has 12 SMDs with four of them in the U Street corridor. SMD 02 added a huge number of people between 2000 and 2010 and was essentially split in two to form the new SMD 12.
- Longtime incumbent Deborah Thomas (1B-04) is running unopposed. Jeremy Leffler is running for the redrawn 1B-02 seat and Marc Morgan is the sole candidate running for the 1B-01 seat now held by ANC 1B Chairpeson Myla Moss, who is retiring.
- Of particular note is the four-way race for the new 1B12 SMD which was carved out of SMD 1B-02. The candidates are John Carlos Green, Zahra Jilani, Dan Wittels and Erling Bailey. This seat is currently held by Alexandra Lewin-Zwerdling who won a special election late in 2011 after Commissioner Aaron Spencer resigned. Lewin-Zwerdling is not seeking a full term. The SMD includes the much discussed 14th and Wallach residential building and the JBG hotel-turned-apartment project on the Rite-Aid site at 13th and U Streets, NW.