Two Candidates Vie For Vacant ANC Seat in Columbia Heights

by Alyse Mier June 10, 2016 at 1:15 pm 1 Comment

Christine Miller (Photo courtesy of Christine Miller)Two Columbia Heights residents interested in helping local schools are facing off in a special election next month for a seat on the neighborhood’s Advisory Neighborhood Commission.

Christine Miller and Oliver Barham are vying to represent the ANC 1A05 district, which is bounded roughly by Park Road and Irving, 14th and 11th streets NW. The winner of the election for the seat would succeed Thu Nguyen, who stepped down last month to move to Philadelphia, according to ANC 1A chairman Kent Boese.

Miller, 41, has lived in Columbia Heights for over 11 years. She currently is working with Columbia Heights-area schools and their community outreach programs.

The ANC candidate said she hopes to use her relationships with community leaders and businesses to help connect them with her neighbors.

“There are people I have talked to who want to work to build up our community, but often don’t know where to begin or that they even have representatives on all of these issues,” Miller said. “I want to give our members the tools to empower themselves and affect change. I believe that the things that are important to our community — public safety, schools, supporting local businesses, livability — improve when you have a strong community that is knowledgeable and engaged.”

Oliver Barham (Photo courtesy of Oliver Barham)Barham, 34, moved to D.C. in 2009 and has lived in Columbia Heights for the majority of his time here.

The third year graduate student in mechanical engineering said he intends to use problem-solving strategies to come up with practical ways to improve the quality of education within the community.

“I recently read about the inspiring organization Thread in Baltimore, which helps 9th graders in the bottom 25 percent of their class graduate high school and get accepted into college at a 90 percent rate,” Barham said. “I would love to work toward bringing this organization into the District, or organizing similar efforts here locally, and would start by reaching out to local schools and stakeholders for their input.”

The special election is scheduled for July 13 at Harriet Tubman Elementary School’s gymnasium (3101 13th St. NW) during ANC 1A’s monthly meeting. Polls are set to open  at 7 p.m. and close at 8:30 p.m.

Voting is open to all registered voters who live within the ANC 1A05 district.

Photos courtesy of Christine Miller and Oliver Barham


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