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Meet Dan Wittels: Candidate for ANC 1B-12

by Borderstan.com September 28, 2012 at 8:00 am 1,062 7 Comments

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

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/Dupont2F/Logan and 1B, which includes most of the U Street corridor.

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Dan Wittels. (Courtesy of Wittels)

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.

Dan Wittels is running for ANC commissioner in 1B-12, a new seat that was carved out of SMD 1B-02, due to rapid population growth in the area in the last decade. A total of four candidates are running for this seat, including Erling Bailey, Zahra Jilani and John Green.

This seat is currently held by Alexandra Lewin-Zwerdling who won a special election late in 2011 after 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.

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Click for a larger map: ANC 1B includes most of the U Street corridor. (ANC 1B website, with boundaries in effect for the 2012 election.)

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?

Wittels: I decided to run for ANC because I felt the constituents in my ANC were not being well represented. I haven’t ever run for, or served in an ANC position before.

Borderstan: How many years have you lived in your [ANC] neighborhood? How long have you been in DC?

Wittels: I’ve lived in DC for little over 22 years and I’ve lived in my current neighborhood for over 15 years.

Borderstan: How are you currently involved in your community?

Wittels: I’ve been a member of the U Street Neighborhood Association in the past and was a block captain one year back when they used to do the big spring clean ups and replant the tree boxes. Currently, I serve on the board of the Shaw DuPont Citizens Alliance and regularly attend neighborhood meetings concerning various development projects and other issues in the area.

Borderstan: If elected to the ANC, what will be your main areas of focus/concern – and why?

Wittels: I plan to make my main focus constituent concerns and making sure the constituents’ views are accurately represented to the ANC and, when appropriate, the city council. Also, I hope to improve the transparency of the ANC 1B as a whole.

Borderstan: What do you hope to contribute to your community while on the ANC?

Wittels: My goal is to do the job well, which includes helping neighbors with issues they are concerned about and making sure their views are accurately represented to the ANC as a whole.

Borderstan: What do you think gives you an edge over other candidate(s) running in your district?

Wittels: I’ve lived in the neighborhood a long time, I’ve been actively involved with many issues in the neighborhood and I have many friends here. I also enjoy getting to know my neighbors and discussing the issues with them.

Borderstan: What is your day job and is there a connection to how your day job would assist you in being a commissioner?

Wittels: I do intellectual property work and I work from home mostly, which allows me a good deal of flexibility to be able to attend meetings during the day if necessary.

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Comments (7)

  1. Dan Wittels and his organization are the DEFINITION of NIMBY. Just look at the SDCA’s website and see for yourself. I wish I could vote more than once against this guy.

  2. Anyone associated with that gaggle of neighborhood cranks who have formed the laughably teensy-weensy group Shaw-Dupont Citizen Alliance/SDCA — huh? — and masquerading like they represent anyone but themselves should be avoided like the plague. I’m only sorry I live in an adjoining ANC district and can’t vote against this guy.

  3. Exactly right. I live in the neighborhood and this group does NOT speak for me. We are more than just Wallach Place.

  4. If this guy really was trying to represent the community’s wishes, he wouldn’t be running, because he a NIMBY opportunist who goes against everything his neighbors want.

    I’m disappointed in Borderstan for not bothering to point out Wittels’ agenda, and partnering with the so-called “Shaw Dupont Citizens Alliance,” which is really just six people pushing a personal vendetta against any and all development. If Wittels’ really wanted to represent the neighborhood, he’d move to Fairfax and take his friends with him.

  5. I agree 100 percent. Worth noting that the SDCA praises borderstan for being “excellent”. Mutual admiration society, maybe? Borderstan really dropped the ball here.

  6. We have no official relationshiop with SDCA. You can find our affiliations here: http://www.borderstan.com/about-borderstan/

  7. Neighborhood Guy

    Voting for this guy will be replacing one Wallach Place NIMBY with another. The current 1B-12 representative, Alexandra Lewin-Zwerdling, lives on that same block. The neighborhood can’t allow this bunch, including the gruesome twosome from U Street Dirt, to continue running the neighborhood.

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