by Borderstan.com November 26, 2012 at 5:00 pm 1 Comment

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DC  has counted  absentee and provisional ballots from the November 6 election. (Luis Gomez Photos.)

The DC Board of Elections and Ethics (DCBOEE) has updated its 2012 general election page with new vote counts for the November 6 general election. The new results contain absentee and ballots and provisional ballots.

In two close races for local ANC seats, the inclusion of absentee and provisional ballots did not change the results. Zahara Jilana still leads John Green in ANC 1B-12 (by 34 votes) and John Fanning still leads Joel Heisey in ANC 2F-04 (by 38 votes). The results for the six contested races, as of November 26, are in the table below.

Voter Participation in ANC Races

How many people voted in ANC races compared to other races on the ballot on November 6? We looked at Precinct 16 (Presbyterian Church, 15th and R Streets NW) and compared the number of votes for ANC candidates versus presidential candidates.

In Precinct 16, 3,209 people voted for president. A total of four ANC races voted at Precinct 16: ANC 1F (uncontested), ANC 2F-02 (contested race), ANC 2F-04 (contested race, one of three precincts for race), and ANC 2B-04 (contested race, one of two precincts for race). ANC candidates in Precinct 16 received a total of 2,038 votes in these four races. The breakdown? Of the voters in Precinct 16 who cast votes for president, only 64% cast ballots for an ANC candidate.

 

 Updated Vote Count in 6 Contested ANC Races

1B-12

  1. Zahara Jilani, 329 (36.3%)
  2. John C. Green, 295 (32.6%)
  3. Erling Bailey, 168 (18.5%)
  4. Dan Wittels, 98 (10.8%)
  5. Write-In, 16 (1.8%)

2F-02

  1. Walt Cain, 335, 46.4%)
  2. Adam Stempel, 290 (40.2%)
  3. James Baker, 89 (12.3%)
  4. Write-In, 8 (1.1%)

2F-04

  1. John Fanning, 359, (51.9%)
  2. Joel Heisey, 321 (46.4%)
  3. Write-In, 12 (1.7%)

2F-08

  1. Matthew Connolly, 283 (52.9%)
  2. Howard S. Marks, 240 (44.8%)
  3. Write-In, 12 (2.2%)

 2B-03

  1. Stephanie Maltz, 483 (78.9%)
  2. Bevan Mace, 113 (18.5%)
  3. Write-In, 16 (2.6%)

 ANC 2B-04

  1. Kishan Putta, 563 (61.9%
  2. Stephanie Sheridan, 229 (25.2%)
  3. Martin Espinoza, 107 (11.8%)
  4. Write-In, 10 (1.1%)

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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 1,134 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 October 31, 2012 at 4:00 pm 1,141 0

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

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Matt Connolly is a candidate for ANC 2F.(Courtesy Matt Connolly)

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. Recently we introduced you to the candidates, including Matt Connolly (see Know the Candidates in Contested ANC Races). Connolly will face Howard Marks on election day.

Now, it’s Question and Answer Time on the issues.

Borderstan: What will be your first priority/new initiative if you are elected to ANC 2F and why?

Connolly: Education. More children are living in Logan Circle than ever before. Our neighborhood schools, including Thomson and Garrison elementary, have only just begun to catch up to the challenges city schools face. The ANC should play an important role advocating for improvement to our local schools.

Borderstan: How will you engage your constituents on issues so that your decisions reflect that of the majority of your Single Member District?

Connolly: As a current commissioner, I regularly attend tenant and condo association meetings throughout the neighborhood and am always available by email (connolly.matthew[AT]gmail.com) and telephone (202-347-3590). I also have a website and a Facebook page to keep constituents up to date on recent ANC activities.

In addition, if I know an issue before the ANC will have a direct impact on a particular constituency, I reach out to that group directly.  Residents and businesses have provided valuable feedback on issues that concern them on a daily basis, especially regarding rat and traffic problems.

Borderstan: Becoming “the next Adams Morgan” is a consistent fear expressed in ANC 2F meetings. Would you support a liquor license moratorium for the 14th and U corridor? If so, why? If not, why?

Connolly: I support the ARTS Overlay District, which is designed to encourage pedestrian activity, increase the presence of arts and culture, and recognize the historic character of the 14th Street Corridor. Significantly, the ARTS Overlay district prohibits eating and drinking establishments from occupying more than half of the ground level of a city block. In part due to the ARTS Overlay District, 14th Street has seen the development of diverse businesses, including great restaurants, art studios and coffee shops. As an ANC commissioner, I have worked to balance the rights of current residents while recognizing that new restaurants improve our community. I do not support a liquor license moratorium.

Borderstan: Do you believe the voluntary agreement process for liquor license applicants needs to be changed? If so, how?

Connolly: Yes. With a few notable exceptions, ANC 2F has had a good relationship with Logan Circle businesses and has worked hard to develop voluntary agreements that permit businesses to thrive while respecting residents’ rights to peacefully enjoy the neighborhood.

However, in those rare instances when businesses violate voluntary agreements–such as with Mood Lounge–the agencies charged with enforcing voluntary agreements are ineffective. It simply takes too long for these agencies to enforce the law, resulting in unnecessary and painful living situations for residents near these establishments.

Borderstan: Logan Circle and the 14th and U corridor area is now a destination spot for people throughout the DC Metro area, especially on weekends. Do you believe that the police presence, particularly on the 14th Street corridor, is adequate, especially on weekends?

Connolly: I applaud the efforts of MPD to keep our streets safe, especially Sgt. Terestre and Lt. Carroll, who regularly attend our ANC meetings and have been responsive to resident concerns. However, there is still more we can do to improve public safety across the whole ANC, not just on the 14th Street corridor. In addition to enhanced police presence, we need better lighting (including in Burke Park) and traffic cameras in dangerous intersections, such as 12th and Massachusetts NW.

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

Borderstan: 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?

Connolly: Part of what I and many residents love about the Logan Circle neighborhood is its mixed residential and commercial nature. I am in favor of continuing to balance both types of development, depending on the proposal. It’s a testament to our neighborhood that so many people want to move to Logan Circle, and I support the local businesses that support us.

Borderstan: 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.

Connolly: Yes, and I was proud to vote for it as a current commissioner. Many residents are frustrated about finding parking within walking distance of their homes, and the new program has helped address this problem. DC residents directly pay for parking through an annual resident parking fee, and indirectly through property and income taxes that those from Virginia and Maryland do not. It seems only fair that those who pay for the parking should benefit from it.

I understand the concerns raised by local businesses and churches, which is why implementing the program on only one side of each street seems like a reasonable compromise to provide residents, visitors, and business-goers access to parking. 

Borderstan: 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?

Connolly: Yes. At our October ANC meeting, a few constituents discussed a proposal to construct public parking at an old school bus parking lot on S Street. I support that proposal as one piece of our efforts to make Logan Circle more accessible. I also support enhanced public transportation, improved bike lanes, and Capital BikeShare as other means for people to come to our neighborhood without having to worry about parking.

Borderstan: Are there types of business in our neighborhood that stand out as something we need more of in the area? If so, can you name three?

Connolly: Personally, I would like to see a bakery. The restaurants in Logan Circle have been so successful that many can take an hour (or more) to be seated. I would like to see a place where neighbors can quickly pick-up lunch or a snack, either to eat at the restaurant or take home. 

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by Borderstan.com October 19, 2012 at 4:00 pm 1,058 1 Comment

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

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Candidate Howard Marks. (Courtesy of Marks)

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. Recently we introduced you to the candidates, including Howard Marks (see Know the Candidates in Contested ANC Races). He will face Matt Connolly for the 2F-08 seat on election day.

Now, it’s Question and Answer Time on the issues.

Borderstan: What will be your first priority/new initiative if you are elected to ANC 2F and why?

Marks: Aggressive rodent control will be my first priority once elected. A coach house in the back of an abandoned residence has become a rodent breeding grounds. The property needs to be condemned so immediate remediation efforts can be started by the city. Working with Councilman Jack Evans, we successfully controlled the Franklin School rodent problem by closing down the temporary shelter and moving the homeless men to permanent housing.

Borderstan: How will you engage your constituents on issues so that your decisions reflect that of the majority of your Single Member District?

Marks: As a communications professional, there is nothing to substitute for face-to-face meetings.  I would meet with neighborhood residents on a regular basis to solicit their views. Attending condo board and apartment resident association meetings would be a top priority. I would encourage my constituents to comment on neighborhood issues on my Facebook page and use email to stay in touch with me.

Borderstan: Becoming “the next Adams Morgan” is a consistent fear expressed in ANC 2F meetings. Would you support a liquor license moratorium for the 14th and U corridor? If so, why? If not, why?

Marks: I would take a balanced approach before voting in favor of recommending a license. I would need to know how if the liquor license applicant will go the extra mile to respect the residential nature of the neighborhood. For example, are they going to be a full service restaurant or just serve alcohol, maintain reasonable operating hours and control noise. The 50 percent zoning restriction for the amount of building frontage for bars and restaurants Uptown Arts Overlay District should be maintained.

Borderstan: Do you believe the voluntary agreement process for liquor license applicants needs to be changed? If so, how?

Marks: The voluntary agreement process is good but need some tweaking. The Advisory Neighborhood Commission should assert its authority as the only locally elected body in the voluntary agreement process. It needs to exert leadership and stand behind the 400 foot radius that is part of the ABC reform bill now before the Council. We have to balance the legitimate concerns of those most immediately impacted by sleep-disturbing noise issues, for example, and the rights of citizens to establish small businesses that create jobs in the Logan Circle area.

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Click for a larger image. ANC 2F district 08 is south of Logan Circle. (DC Board of Elections)

Borderstan: Logan Circle and the 14th and U corridor area is now a destination spot for people throughout the DC Metro area, especially on weekends. Do you believe that the police presence, particularly on the 14th Street corridor, is adequate, especially on weekends?

Marks: I am great fan of Chief Cathy Lanier and the job done by the entire Metropolitan Police. However, even one assault is one crime too many. I am strong proponent of community policing. We need more police on the sidewalks where the serious crime takes place. I would allocate more foot patrols and police on bicycles and Segways, especially on weekends, to the Logan Circle area and adjacent busy corridors. We also need better lighting so criminals cannot hide in the shadows.

Borderstan: 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?

Marks: I still believe in the late Jane Jacobs who wrote “The Death and Life of Great American Cities” was possibly the most influential American book on urban planning and cities. Jacobs was a strong proponent of mixed-use urban development. Namely, combining residential, retail and offices in one building. We see a lot of mixed-use development in Europe, Toronto and now here in DC. City Vista, with apartments, condos, restaurants, retail and a major food store, is another good example of what I would like to see along 14th Street corridor.

Borderstan: 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.

Marks: I definitely support the Residential Parking Permit pilot program. Residents who pay substantial property taxes deserve the right to park reasonably close to their residences if returning home late on a Friday or Saturday evening.

Borderstan: 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?

Marks: I support the construction of commercial garages. First, the garage would free up parking spaces on side streets for neighborhood residents. Secondly, it would ease parking worries for those coming from the suburbs to enjoy a play at the Studio Theater, shop or dine in our neighborhood.

Borderstan: 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?

Marks: (1) Contemporary furniture stores such as Urban Essentials where we bought a handcrafted couch made in Los Angeles–and we love it. (2) Clothing and outdoor recreational stores. We have the demographics to support stores like Jos. A. Bank, the Gap, and REI. (3) Graphics and social media design firms such as LookThink.com which just opened and 13th and M Streets. Information Technology companies which must operate around-the-clock can locate here without worrying about power outages because our electrical lines are buried underground.

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by Borderstan.com September 10, 2012 at 8:00 am 1,261 3 Comments

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

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Candidate Howard Marks. (Courtesy of Marks)

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.

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.

Howard Marks 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.  This fall, Marks will face Matt Connolly for the 2F-08 seat on election day. (Connolly was appointed as an ANC 2F-05 commissioner, but the new district lines qualify him for the 08 district and he is running for a full term.)

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?

Marks: I enjoy living in downtown DC and I want to solve the problems of pedestrian safety, traffic congestion, cell phone theft and prostitution. ANC Commissioner Rachelle Nigro encouraged me to run. The explosive growth in the area needs to be carefully managed. One of the 24 most dangerous intersections in the city is at 12th and Massachusetts, plus 13th and Massachusetts Avenue NW, and at 12th and L Streets NW. I saw a young woman get hit by a motorist at 12th and Massachusetts Avenue NW and called an ambulance. I walk to work everyday and know first-hand the dangers faced by pedestrians.

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

Marks: I’ve lived in the Franklin Square area for seven years, and I’ve worked downtown and on Capitol Hill for almost 37 years. I am proud to live in the Federal City.

Borderstan: How are you currently involved in your community?

Marks: I serve on the Residential Advisory Committee to the CenterCityDC project. The $950 million project will improve the quality of life to neighborhood residents by offering first-class affordable shopping, great restaurants and a new community park. I am active in the Downtown Neighborhood Association and the Convention Center Advisory Committee. I worked with Councilman Evans to close the Franklin Shelter and move homeless men to smaller-sized residential housing.

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

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

Marks: My main areas of focus/concern will be pedestrian safety, strengthening ties to the downtown BID, playgrounds and amenities, crime, bike lanes and community.

  • Pedestrian safety: The District is second only to Boston in having the largest share of commuters who walk to work (12 percent). In 2010, more than half of people who died in DC traffic accidents were pedestrians. In 2011, 942 pedestrians were struck by vehicles, up from 753 the previous year. I pledge to work with the DC Pedestrian Advisory Council to include Massachusetts Avenue from 9th to 13th Streets NW in the Pedestrian Master Plan. We need to restore pavement markings — on crosswalks and stop lines for vehicles — which are faded across the neighborhood.
  • Strengthen ties to Downtown Business Improvement District (BID): The BID’s territory extends to Massachusetts Avenue and can be of great help as partners in addressing homelessness, rodents, prostitution, congestion, public safety and other problems as well as improving amenities for our ANC’s residents and visitors. We can also enlist the K Street hotels, trade associations and small businesses.
  • Playgrounds and other amenities to improve the quality of life for downtown DC families: Neighborhood youngsters have no nearby place to play. I would join forces with other groups, like downtowndckids.org, to bring playgrounds and other quality-of-life enhancements to our neighborhood in places like Burke Park and Franklin Square.
  • Crime: Encourage more Metropolitan Police bike patrols in our neighborhood to deter the theft of smart phones. Commissioner Lanier has taken the first step by urging manufacturers to provide the technology to shut down stolen phones. Use of surveillance cameras like those used to enforce traffic laws, as well as better lighting, could help enforce laws on prostitution around 12th and M Streets NW.
  • More bike lanes: We need dedicated lanes from our neighborhood to Dupont Circle.
  • Creating a sense of community: Organize volunteer opportunities, such as mentors to help the K-5 students at the Thomson Elementary School at 12th and L Street NW.

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

Marks: Each day, I see scores of homeless men and women on the street. I hope to work with established organizations like DC Central Kitchen and the downtown Business Improvement District to resolve this problem. I am working with the leadership of the City Center Residential Advisory Committee to get more District residents hired at local construction projects and hired at the retail businesses once the construction is completed.

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

Marks: Promoting public safety has been a priority. I worked with former First District Police Commander David Kamperin to stop prostitution across the street from our building on K Street. I served as Safety Committee Chairman for the Friends of the Washington & Old Dominion Regional Railroad Park. Working with Fairfax County we successfully protected bicyclists and joggers from speeding drivers.

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

Marks: I work at the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the US Department of Energy. In our own building, we avoided a condo fee increase by installing a new energy management system. I want a greener and more energy efficient neighborhood.

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by Borderstan.com August 28, 2012 at 4:00 pm 1,061 0

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

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Matt Connolly is a candidate for ANC 2F-08.(Courtesy Matt Connolly)

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.

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.

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The new ANC 2F/Logan map for the 2012 election. (DC Board of Elections)

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.

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