Know the Candidates in Contested ANC Races

by October 11, 2012 at 5:00 pm 2,128 0


Some of the candidates in the 2012 race for ANCs. (Collage Luis Gomez Photos)

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

Yes, the nation’s attention is on Mitt Romney and Barack Obama in this November’s election, but they are not the only ones working hard on the campaign trail. And no, I am not referring to Bill O’Riley and Jon Stewart’s efforts to unite/divide the country — I am referring to the efforts made by our local community candidates running in this November’s Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) elections.

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.

Earlier this fall, we ran candidate profiles, concentrating on the six contested seats in the area. In the weeks before election day, we are running Q&A interviews with candidates on specific issues related to their ANCs. Here are the Q&As on the issues: Dan Wittels ANC 1B-12Walt Cain ANC 2F-02Kishan Putta, ANC 2B-04, Joel Heisey, 2F-04Martin Espinoza, 2B-04Matt Connolly, 2F-08 Zahra Jilani, 1B-12,  Stephanie Maltz, 2B-03John Green, 1B-12‘ Stephanie Sheridan, 2B-04; Bevan Mace, 2B-03; Erling Bailey, 1B-12; Adam Stempel, 2F-02; Howard Marks, 2F-08John Fanning, ANC 2F-04.

Here are the first round of profiles on local ANC Candidates:

ANC 2B/Dupont

Contested races are now confirmed for SMDs 2B-03 and 2B-04 in ANC 2B, while in the other seven SMDs, there is only one candidate.

  • Mike Feldstein, 2B-01 – Incumbent, no  opponents
  • Kevin O’Connor, 2B-02 – Incumbent, no  opponents
  • Bevan Mace, 2B-03
  • Stephanie Maltz, 2B-03
  • Martin Espinoza, 2B-04
  • Stephanie Sheridan, 2B-04
  • Kishan Putta, 2B-04
  • Victor Wexler, 2B-05 – Incumbent, no  opponent
  • Mike Silverstein, 2B-06 – Incumbent, no opponent
  • Leo Dwyer, 2B-07 – Sole candidate
  • Will Stephens, 2B-08 – Incumbent, no opponent
  • Noah Smith, 2B-09 – sole candidate

ANC 2F/Logan Circle

The Logan Circle neighborhood had significant growth in recent years and ANC 2F has two new SMDs for a total of eight seats. The ANC will have three contested races, in SMDs 02, 04 and 08.

  • Peter Lallas, 2F-01 – sole candidate
  • Adam Stempel, 2F-02
  • Walt Cain, 2F-02
  • James Baker, 2F-02 – No profile was submitted by the candidate
  • Chris Linn, 2F-03 – sole candidate
  • John Fanning, 2F-04
  • Joel Heisey, 2F-04
  • James Lamare, 2F-05 – sole candidate
  • Greg Melcher, 2F-06 – sole candidate
  • Matt Raymond, 2F-07 – Incumbent, no  opponent
  • Matthew Connolly, 2F-08
  • Howard Marks, 2F-08


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.

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