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, campaigning to represent you on the local ANCs. Closer to the election, we will provide follow-up interviews with the candidates on specific issues related to their areas.
Matt Connolly is running for ANC 2F-08, a new district on the ANC 2F map. District 2F-08 runs along M Street, between 13th Street and 11th Street, down 11th Street until I Street NW, and then north on 14th Street, east on L Street and then north on 13th Street. Connolly was appointed as an ANC 2F-05 commissioner, but the new district lines qualify him for the 08 district. This fall, Connolly will face Howard Marks for the 2F-08 seat on election day.
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?
Connolly: I have been privileged to serve as a commissioner on ANC 2F since January. I ran then and am seeking re-election now because the ANC plays an important role in shaping our neighborhood, on everything from advising new business establishment, to working with government officials, addressing important community concerns and meeting with councilmembers on legislation affecting Logan Circle. We have accomplished a lot in the last eight months, and I hope to continue doing so during the next two years.
Borderstan: How many years have you lived in your [ANC] neighborhood? How long have you been in DC?
Connolly: I have lived in the Logan Circle area for three years and in DC for seven.
Borderstan: How are you currently involved in your community?
Connolly: In addition to serving as a commissioner, I regularly volunteer as an advocate for citizens in our area having problems with their landlords. I have also volunteered as an attorney at Bread for the City, a local charity that provides vulnerable people with food, clothing, medical care and legal and social services. I am an alumni Big Brother with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
Borderstan: If elected to the ANC, what will be your main areas of focus/concern – and why?
Connolly: Logan Circle has seen enormous change and growth over the last several years and is now one of the most vibrant areas in DC. This change has brought many challenges, including an influx of new restaurants and liquor licenses, traffic and parking concerns, and public safety issues. I hope to continue working to create a community that respects the rights of its current citizens while welcoming new neighbors.
Borderstan: What do you hope to contribute to your community while on the ANC?
Connolly: In the next term, I want to continue being an advocate for my neighbors, both on the ANC and with the DC government. Specifically, I will continue working with city officials to address issues affecting our neighborhood, including:
- Improving the intersection at 12th Street and Massachusetts Avenue (one of the most dangerous in the District) and at Logan Circle
- Addressing the prostitution problem in Burke Park
- Eliminating the rat problem plaguing the neighborhood
- Redeveloping the Franklin School Building
Borderstan: What do you think gives you an edge over other candidate(s) running in your district?
Connolly: Experience. I am proud of the progress we have made on these issues over the last eight months and look forward to accomplishing more in the next term. Only one other sitting commissioner of ANC-2F is running for re-election, and my knowledge of the commission, DC government, and the current challenges facing Logan Circle will be critical as the ANC welcomes at least six new members next term.
Borderstan: What is your day job and is there a connection to how your day job would assist you in being a commissioner?
Connolly: I am an attorney at Covington & Burling, a DC-based law firm. My experience advocating for clients before government agencies and knowledge of DC laws will continue to help me influence the issues important to our area.