The deadline for filing to run for a seat on DC’s Advisory Neighborhood Commission is past, and election time is right around the corner. 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.
So now, it is time to meet your candidates. Here at Borderstan.com, we will introduce you to your neighbors who are campaigning to represent you on the local ANCs. Closer to the election, we will have follow-up interviews with the candidates on specific issues related to their areas.
John Fanning is running for ANC 2F-04, the Logan Circle ANC that has seen significant growth in recent years, in both residents and new businesses. Here’s a little bit more about Fanning, whose opp0nent is Joel Heisey.
Borderstan: Why did you decide to run in your neighborhood’s ANC race this year? Also, have you run before and/or been an ANC commissioner before?
Fanning: I decided to run for the ANC commission in my neighborhood because of several issues that needed to be addressed: the return of street prostitution, car burglaries (smash and grab), parking and trash. Also, the seat 2F-04 became vacant due to redistricting. I have served as an ANC before – I was first elected to the ANC Commission 2F from 1990 to 1994, where I served as the Vice-Chairman.
Borderstan: How many years have you lived in your [ANC] neighborhood? How long have you been in DC?
Fanning: I’ve lived in my neighborhood for 18 years, and I’ve been living in DC for almost 30 years.
Borderstan: How are you currently involved in your community?
Fanning: I’m a member of the Logan Circle Community Association and The Gertrude Stein Democratic Club.
Borderstan: If elected to the ANC, what will be your main areas of focus/concern – and why?
Fanning: Public Safety: We need a complete shift in changing the strategy with our community policing efforts to prevent crime and improve public safety in our neighborhood. Also, Logan Circle Mainstreets – Business Improvement District (BID): I would like the ANC commission to work with the City Council to implement both of these initiatives so that we can create a comprehensive strategy that addresses the variety of issues and problems that challenge our 14th Street commercial district.
Borderstan: What do you hope to contribute to your community while on the ANC?
Fanning: I plan to get the residents more involved with the ANC and keep them informed of the ANC’s progress regarding various issues that come before the commission. I will be a vocal advocate for my constituents and their neighborhood issues.
Borderstan: What do you think gives you an edge over other candidate(s) running in your district?
Fanning: My previous years serving as a commissioner, my many years of institutional knowledge and my ability to navigate the DC government and deliver city services to get things done.
Borderstan: What is your day job and is there a connection to how your day job would assist you in being a commissioner?
Fanning: I am a Community and Public Relations Specialist; my day job has allowed me to build working relationships with Executive and Legislative Branches of the DC Government.