by Borderstan.com August 20, 2012 at 4:00 pm 1,700 1 Comment

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.

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.

Zahra Jilani is  running for ANC 1B-12. It is a new, additional district for ANC 1B. Due to a large growth in population in the U Street corridor, ANC 1B-02 was essentially split into two parts to create the new SMD 12. On November 6, Jilani will face three opponents: Erling Bailey, John Carlos Green and Dan Wittels.

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Zahra Jilani running for the ANC 1B-12 seat.

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?

Jilani: I believe I can provide a strong voice to the residents of 1B-12, something incredibly important in a district with so much growth and change.  I can offer leadership, and will approach these challenges with transparency. I will emphasize open communication between residents, businesses and developers from day one, to ensure growth that benefits our community.

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

Jilani: I fell in love with DC after attending George Washington University. For four years I explored and observed different parts of the city, but was drawn to U Street because of its vibrancy and historic past. While working in community development abroad, I stayed closely connected to issues in the District and watched the way our area continued to thrive. I finally returned to settle in my current home in 1B-12, knowing I wanted to serve our community during this important time.

Borderstan: How are you currently involved in your community?

Jilani: I have been volunteering my time as an intern to ANC1B since February. Last month I created the inaugural publication of the ANC 1B newsletter, to foster better communication within ANC1B. I am currently working on our September edition – if you have any events or announcements that need posting, please email me at [email protected]. Communication is the key to a cohesive community, and I hope to continue open and transparent communication if elected.

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

Jilani: My first area of focus is smart development. There is so much happening in 1B-12 in the next few years, and I hope to make our district a welcoming place for both residents and an eclectic mix of businesses.  If there is truly constructive discourse with businesses, neighboring districts, and within our constituency, I believe that we can foster growth intelligently while maintaining our community’s vivacity and culture.

I also plan to work closely with MPD to ensure they are aware of the day-to-day issues on U Street and that we all are in agreement on the most strategic use of police resources in our community.

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

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

Jilani: I will be a visible, responsive, engaged representative. Constituents will know that they can count on me when they are having an issue with city services, new construction, or other issues that inevitably arise when residents and businesses coexist. On the ANC I will strive to cast my vote in a way that not only takes into account the issues we have in 1B-12, but also a larger vision for U Street.

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

Jilani: Through my volunteer efforts with the ANC, I have become very familiar with the local political process. I have attended every ANC meeting since I moved to the district; I am familiar with the developments occurring in our area and can recognize productive discourse.  I know that my experience and enthusiasm will allow me to make a positive difference in our neighborhood during this vital time.

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

Jilani: I have a deep commitment to public service and work for the American Diabetes Association by day. I am the organizer of a million dollar event for diabetes research, advocacy and education and I love what I do. My experience advocating for people with diabetes has given me the tools I need to serve as commissioner of 1B-12 and represent the voice of our community.

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by Borderstan.com August 16, 2012 at 10:00 am 2,123 1 Comment

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John Fanning is one of two candidates running for the ANC 2F-04 seat in Logan Circle.

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.

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.

John Fanning is  running for ANC 2F-04, the Logan Circle ANC that has seen significant growth in recent years, in both residents and new businesses. Here’s a little bit more about Fanning, whose opp0nent is Joel Heisey.

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Click for a larger image. ANC 2F district 04 is on the east side of Logan Circle. (DC Board of Elections)

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?

Fanning: I decided to run for the ANC commission in my neighborhood because of several issues that needed to be addressed: the return of street prostitution, car burglaries (smash and grab), parking and trash. Also, the seat 2F-04 became vacant due to redistricting. I have served as an ANC before – I was first elected to the ANC Commission 2F from 1990 to 1994, where I served as the Vice-Chairman.

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

Fanning: I’ve lived in my neighborhood for 18 years, and I’ve been living in DC for almost 30 years.

Borderstan: How are you currently involved in your community?

Fanning: I’m a member of the Logan Circle Community Association and The Gertrude Stein Democratic Club.

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

Fanning: Public Safety: We need a complete shift in changing the strategy with our community policing efforts to prevent crime and improve public safety in our neighborhood. Also, Logan Circle Mainstreets – Business Improvement District (BID): I would like the ANC commission to work with the City Council to implement both of these initiatives so that we can create a comprehensive strategy that addresses the variety of issues and problems that challenge our 14th Street commercial district.

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

Fanning: I plan to get the residents more involved with the ANC and keep them informed of the ANC’s progress regarding various issues that come before the commission. I will be a vocal advocate for my constituents and their neighborhood issues.

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

Fanning: My previous years serving as a commissioner, my many years of institutional knowledge and my ability to navigate the DC government and deliver city services to get things done.

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

Fanning: I am a Community and Public Relations Specialist; my day job has allowed me to build working relationships with Executive and Legislative Branches of the DC Government.

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by Borderstan.com August 9, 2012 at 3:30 pm 1,429 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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Marc Morgan is running for ANC 1B01. (Courtesy of Marc Morgan)

Borderstan is focusing primarily on what look to be contested races for your local Advisory Neighborhood Commissions, or ANCs, on November 6. ANCs can have a lot of sway in how your city and neighborhood work for you, or don’t. We’ll know for certain who’s running for ANC (and who is not) today or tomorrow. Yesterday, August 8, was the deadline for candidates to have submitted their  petitions to get on the ballot.

However, one uncontested ANC candidate caught our eye: Marc Morgan. You might recall Morgan ran as the Republican challenger in 2010 against incumbent Jim Graham for the Ward 1 Council seat. Morgan is now running for the seat held by longtime 1B-01 Commissioner Myla Moss, who is not seeking another term; she is also the current chairperson of ANC 1B.

An experienced community figure, Marc Morgan, is running in a seat in a district that encompasses the LeDroit Park neighborhood and the very northeastern edge of Borderstan. Morgan has twice been elected president of the LeDroit Park Civic Association, and serves on two committees for ANC 1B01 — Grants, and Alcoholic Beverage Control. He also serves on the Boards of Adams Morgan Mainstreet, D.C. Black Pride, and Log Cabin Republicans.

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ANC 1B includes most of the U Street corridor .  District 01 is in the southeastern corner of 1B. (ANC 1B website, with boundaries in effect for 2012 election)

As head of the LeDroit Park Civic Association, Morgan established BADGE: Business and Domicile Geographic Enforcement). A crime-fighting initiative, BADGE advocated for more walking police patrols in LeDroit Park and Bloomingdale. Morgan plans to continue his work in crime reduction if elected to the ANC this fall. “I plan to work closely with residents and business owners on prevention efforts, as well as with MPD on increasing their presence in the neighborhood,” said Morgan, who has lived in DC for 12 years and LeDroit Park for four years.

As for constituent services and development, Morgan said he plans to promote small business development  and to become a stronger advocate for residents when dealing with DC agencies.

Morgan is also father to a son, who graduated from Cardozo High School, and is now a U.S. Marine. On the matter of ANCs and DC Public Schools, some ANCs are becoming more involved with the schools within their boundaries — something Morgan supports.

“I believe the ANC’s should be more actively involved with DCPS!  First, by supporting a strategic school reform program that consist of more emphasis on the arts and technology. I also see the ANC as a platform to promote STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) — something that has been lacking in our public school system. When my son was at Cardozo, I was a strong advocate for a STEM curriculum. It’s one of things we can promote to help make our youth more competitive in a global marketplace,” said Morgan.

As for his day job, Morgan is director of Development and Strategic Partnerships for the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE),  a non-profit that supports the scale up of renewable energy projects and policies.

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by Borderstan.com July 17, 2012 at 8:00 am 1,358 0

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ANC 2B encompasses the Dupont Circle neighborhood. District 04 is in the northeast side of the ANC. (ANC 2B website, boundaries that are in effect for 2012 election)

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

Dupont resident Kishan Putta has announced his candidacy for Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner (ANC) in the District 04 seat in ANC 2B/Dupont. Elections for ANC positions are on the November 6 ballot and are non-partisan; 300 seats throughout the city are up for reelection this year.

Putta’s campaign, however, does not come without competition. Last month Martin Espinoza officially announced his candidacy for the same seat. Jack Jacobson, the ANC 2B-04 incumbent, is running for DC School Board in Ward 2 instead of seeking another term.

Putta and volunteers were spotted in the district last weekend gathering petitions to get on the ballot — with a handout card, flyer and even a cookie with Putta’s name on it. This seems to be shaping up as a spirited race between Putta and Espinoza.

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Kishan Putta is running for the ANC 2B-04 seat. (Courtesy Kishan Putta)

Similar to Espinoza, Putta’s efforts as a commissioner would be grounded in neighborhood safety. Putta is a currently a Public Safety Liaison for ANC 2B, and a former crime and government reporter for the Los Angeles Times and the Providence Journal.

“My public safety journalism experience helps me to appreciate and work well with the diversity of residents, advocates and officials in our community to make the neighborhood safer, but also to keep it welcoming,” Putta told Borderstan.

In addition to crime and general neighborhood safety, Putta is also campaigning on safer streets and sidewalks and local economic development.

District 04 is the most densely populated, and smallest in geographic area, of ANC 2B’s nine districts. By law, each ANC district is to have approximately 2,000 residents. The southern boundary is Q Street, running north to S Street NW, and from 15th Street to 17th Street NW.

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