by Borderstan.com November 9, 2012 at 9:00 am 1 Comment

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There were six contested ANC races in the neighborhood on Tuesday. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Tom Hay. Questions for Tom? Send him an email at Tom[AT]borderstan.com. You can follow him on Twitter @Tomonswann.

For complete vote counts from Tuesday’s six contested ANC races, see Contested ANC Races: Some Clear Winners, Some Narrow Leads.

Now that the media buzz surrounding the national election has started to subside we can take a closer look at the six contested races in the Borderstan area for Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner seats (ANC) to represent Single Member Districts (SMD).

ANC 1B (U Street)

SMD 1B-12 is a new, additional district for ANC 1B and includes blocks from 12th Street NW to 14th Street and from S to V Streets, plus a panhandle composed of the blocks on the north side of U and south of V Street from 14th to New Hampshire Avenue. (It was formed from 2B-02, where the population doubled between 2000 and 2010.) Alexandra Lewin-Zwerdling has held the seat since a special election in October 2011, but declined to run for a full term in 2012.

The SMD includes two large residential developments which have been the subject of heated debate at community meetings. Specifically, an apartment building now under construction at 14th and Wallach Place, NW and a proposed apartment at 13th and U NW on the site of the Rite Aid drugstore.

In a city where ANC races often only have one candidate, it is testament to the issues facing the blocks around 14th and U, that four candidates were on the ballot. Zahra Jilani apparnently won the race with 36% of the vote and an 18 vote lead over the next closest candidate, John Green (provisional and absentee ballots have not yet been counted).

Site excavation is well underway at 14th and Wallach and the 13th and U project is moving closer to reality, yet  the debate on development and the inevitable alcohol licensing battles are far from over. Safe to say, Jilani’s vote on issues before the ANC will be closely watched.

ANC 2B (Dupont Circle)

In ANC 2B there will be several new faces since long-time residents and Commissioners Bob Meehan (2B-03), Phil Carney (2B-07) and Victor Wexler (2B-05) decided not to run for re-election. However, Wexler withdrew after the ballots were printed and he technically won the race over a write-in candidate — the next steps to fill the seat in January are unclear at this point.

Two important events affecting the neighborhoods east of Connecticut Avenue in Dupont are the planned renovations to Stead Park on P Street, and the East Dupont Liquor License Moratorium, which comes up for renewal in 2013.

In the contested Dupont Circle races, Stephanie Maltz  won the race in 2B-03 by a wide margin, with 77% of the vote. This SMD includes blocks along the east side of Connecticut Avenue from Dupont Circle to R Street then jogs over to include the S Street Dog Park to the north and the northwest corner of 17th and Q on the south.

The three-way race for Jacobson’s seat in 2B-04 was won by Kishan Putta who garnered 62% of the votes. Putta’s SMD is bounded by 15th and 17th Streets on the east and west, S Street to the north and Q Street on the south. Current Commissioner Jack Jacobson (2B-04) did not run again and was elected as Ward 2 Representative to the DC State Board of Education.

ANC 2F (Logan Circle)

ANC 2F grew from six to eight seats after the 2010 U.S. Census. The SMDs comprising Logan Circle’s ANC 2F are a diverse mix and include the condo lined 1400 block of Church Street, the historic townhouses surrounding Logan Circle and even a few blocks of office buildings south of Massachusetts Avenue. The agenda for 2F meetings are always heavy with issues relating to development, public safety, alcohol licensing and parking.

SMD 2F02, which runs from 15th Street to 13th Street NW and from Rhode Island Avenue on the south to Q Street on the north, had a three-way race for Commissioner. Walt Cain won the race with a comfortable margin over Adam Stempel and James Baker.

The race was a little tighter in SMD 2F-04 on the east side of Logan Circle. John Fanning, who had served on the ANC in the early 1990s, apparently defeated another long-time resident, Joel Heisey by 14 votes (absentee and provisional ballots still to be counted). In SMD 2F-08, incumbent Matt Connolly holds a comfortable lead over challenger Howard Marks.

Winners of the races will take office in January 2013 when the new redistricting changes — necessitated by the 2010 Decennial Census results — take effect. Dupont Circle’s ANC 2B had no major changes in boundaries, ANC 1B will now have an additional SMD and ANC 2F will have two additional SMDs.

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by Borderstan.com November 4, 2012 at 6:00 am 1,152 1 Comment

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Where do the  ANC candidates stand on local issues? (Collage Luis Gomez Photos)

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.

Six of these 21 seats are being contested by at least two candidates. The contested races are as follows — in the Dupont area: ANC 2B-03 and ANC 2B-04; in the Logan Circle area: ANC 2F-02, ANC 2F-04, ANC 2F-08; and in the U Street area ANC 1B-12.

Earlier this fall, we ran candidate profiles and then posted Q&A interviews with candidates on specific issues related to their ANCs, with the last Q&A running Saturday. (On election night, you can get the results of ANC races on the DC Board of Elections and Ethics website.)

Here is your chance to compare the candidates’ stands on various issues. Candidates in all races were asked the same six questions. However, candidates in the 2B and 1B races were also asked special questions related to their areas. For example, 2B candidates were asked about the East Dupont Liquor License Morarirum (17th Street), ANC 2F candidates were asked about parking issues, and both ANC 2F and 1B were asked questions about development and a possible liquor license moratorium; the full is list is below the chart.

Compare the ANC Candidates’ Stand on the Issues

ANC 2B-03 / Dupont

ANC 2B-04 / Dupont

ANC 1B-12 / U Street

ANC 2F-02 / Logan Circle

ANC 2F-04 / Logan Circle

ANC 2F-08 / Logan Circle

Questions on the Issues

Candidates in all six races were asked these questions or a variation of them.

  1. What will be your first priority/new initiative if you are elected to the ANC?
  2. How will you engage your constituents on issues so that your decisions reflect that of the majority of your Single Member District?
  3. Do you believe the voluntary agreement process for liquor license applicants needs to be changed? If so, how?
  4.  Do you believe that the police presence is adequate in your area?
  5. Are there types of business in our neighborhood that stands out as something we need more of in the area? If so, can you name three?

Special Questions for ANC 2B Candidates

  1. What value do you think neighborhood associations provide, and how do you plan to interact with them?
  2. The East Dupont Liquor License Moratorium, which affects 17th Street NW, comes up for renewal in 2013, and ANC 2B will have an opportunity to weigh in by offering an advisory opinion to the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board on its renewal. Do you support renewing the moratorium? If so, why? If not, why?
  3. How will you work to help bring process and transparency to decisions that impact the DuPont neighborhood, such as the renovations for Stead Park, so that the diversity of the community as a whole is reflected?

Special Questions for ANC 2F Candidates

  1. Do you support the new restricted Residential Park Permit pilot program implemented through ANC 2F in late summer/early fall 2012? Tell us why or why not.
  2. Of the many possibilities being discussed to alleviate parking constraints in ANC 2F is the construction of parking garages along or near the 14th Street corridor. Do you support these efforts?
  3. Becoming “the next Adams Morgan” is a consistent fear expressed in the neighborhood. Would you support a liquor license moratorium for the 14th and U corridor? If so, why? If not, why?
  4. The pace of development is rapid in the area, especially along 14th Street NW. Do you think more commercial buildings would be good for the area, as opposed to more residential buildings?

Special Questions for ANC 1B Candidates

  1. What value do you think neighborhood associations provide, and how do you plan to interact with them?
  2. Becoming “the next Adams Morgan” is a consistent fear expressed in the neighborhood. Would you support a liquor license moratorium for the 14th and U corridor? If so, why? If not, why?
  3. The pace of development is rapid in the area, especially along 14th Street NW. Do you think more commercial buildings would be good for the area, as opposed to more residential buildings?

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by Borderstan.com August 22, 2012 at 4:00 pm 1,494 0

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 the election is November 6. 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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Adam Stempel Candidate for ANC 2F-02. (Courtesy Adam Stempel)

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.

Adam Stempel is running for ANC 2F-02, the Logan Circle ANC that has seen significant growth in recent years, in both residents and new businesses. SMD 02 runs from Logan Circle to 15th Street NW and from Q Street south to Rhode Island Avenue. Here’s a little bit more about Stempel who is facing James Baker and Walt Cain on the ballot.

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?

Stempel: When I started going to ANC meetings in the spring and talking with my friends about them, I was surprised by how many people had never heard of an ANC — even longtime DC residents. I decided that someone needed to put more emphasis on reaching out to new parts of the community and that I am well-equipped to be that person.

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

Stempel: Although I’ve only lived in ANC 2F for a little over a year, I feel more attached to it than anywhere else I’ve lived. I came looking for an apartment, but I found a neighborhood.

Borderstan: How are you currently involved in your community?

Stempel: Primarily through the ANC, attending Logan Circle and DC events and just chatting with neighbors.

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Click for a larger image: The new ANC 2F/Logan map for the 2012 election. (DC Board of Elections)

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

Stempel: Outreach and transparency. Those sound obvious, but since so much of what the ANC does is represent the community’s interest, it’s vital that we increase awareness of the Commission and its role. Everyone has a stake in Logan Circle’s development, and it’s the job of the ANC to represent all our constituents’ perspectives. The ANC should also collaborate more with local businesses to strengthen relationships.

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

Stempel: I want to spread the sense of investment that I feel–the more residents that take ownership of their neighborhood, the more productive the ANC can be, and the more the community will thrive.

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

Stempel: I’m young, but I’m in it for the long haul. I’m committed to bringing more people into the neighborhood conversation, and I understand what the ANC can do to make the community stronger.

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

Stempel: I’m a consultant to the federal government, working at the Department of Transportation. Commissioners need to have collaborative working relationships with each other, the community and government entities at large, and that’s pretty much my job.

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