There are 21 Single Member District (SMD) seats up for grabs on the November 6 ballot in three different local ANCs: 2B/Dupont, 2F/Logan and 1B, which includes most of the U Street corridor. Recently we introduced you to the candidates, including Stephanie Maltz (see Know the Candidates in Contested ANC Races). Maltz will face Bevan Mace 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 2B and why?
Maltz: My first priority when I am elected will be to continue to make myself available to all of those who live in ANC2B-03. I want everyone to know that I am accessible and that I am interested in knowing about any issues faced by our residents. Accessibility is important because the more information I have regarding the concerns of the community, the better I will be able to represent what our neighborhood really wants.
Borderstan: How will you engage your constituents on issues so that your decisions reflect that of the majority of your Single Member District?
Maltz: I believe that the sharing of information is key and I will do everything I can to make my neighbors aware of any upcoming projects, events or activities that will have an impact on our community. I will work hard to give everyone equal opportunities to provide feedback to ensure that the responses I receive represent the diversity within our community. I will engage constituents through personal meetings, open discussions, opportunities to see the ANC in action, as well as via email and phone calls.
Borderstan: How do you plan to 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?
Maltz: By proactively reaching out to all members of the community — not just those who attend ANC and other community meetings — I will ensure everyone is not only aware of upcoming developments in our neighborhood, but also has an opportunity to express their views on the important issues we face together. I will offer a number of ways for residents to provide their opinions including online surveys, flyers, and open forum discussions. I am looking forward to sitting down one-on-one with my neighbors to truly understand their concerns.
Borderstan: What value do you think neighborhood associations provide, and how do you plan to interact with them?
Maltz: I believe neighborhood associations provide an opportunity for community members to become involved with specific local issues. I support working together with these groups to support activities that benefit our neighborhood and already have experience doing so — I helped the Urban Neighborhood Alliance (UNA) with the 17th Street Festival and I am a Dupont Circle Citizens Association (DCCA) member. I will continue to attend the neighborhood association meetings and provide opportunities for an open dialogue.
Borderstan: 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?
Maltz: I do not support renewing the East Dupont Liquor Moratorium in its current form. There has only been one new liquor license application since the West Dupont Liquor License Moratorium was relaxed one year ago. I believe that non-renewal would have a similar result on 17th Street.
Borderstan: Do you believe the voluntary agreement process for liquor license applicants needs to be changed? If so, how?
Maltz: From my experience as the liquor liaison for ANC 2B-06, I see there would be value in standardizing the voluntary agreement process. The Dupont ANC has taken steps towards this with its public space standards. I think we should more broadly standardize other parts of the language to be fair to both businesses and residents.
Borderstan: Do you believe that the police presence, particularly on the 17th Street, 18th Street and Connecticut Avenue corridors, is adequate, especially on weekends?
Maltz: I applaud the work of our current police force. Unfortunately, I feel their effectiveness has been hampered by the new boundaries which split Dupont into multiple Police Services Areas (PSA).
Borderstan: Are there types of business in the neighborhood that stand out as something we need more of in the area? If so, can you name three?
Maltz: I support, whenever possible, using the same space for multiple businesses and it is great that this is happening in our neighborhood. For example, on 17th Street, Mr. Yogato’s has a new pop-up coffee shop (Vigilante’s) that is open in the morning. The Dupont Business Incubator on R Street provides a collaborative working space for a number of businesses. Stead Park, while not a business, also has multiple purposes for a number of people. I would like to see more multiuse space in our neighborhood and support expanding our local business community this way.
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 Advisory Neighborhood Commissions: 2B/Dupont, 2F/Logan and 1B, which includes most of the U Street corridor.
So now it is time to meet the candidates in the six contested races. 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.
Stephanie Maltz is running for ANC 2B-o3. Long-time incumbent Bob Meehan is retiring and Maltz will face Bevan Mace in November’s election. Essentially, the 2B-03 district runs from the west side of 17th Street, west to Dupont Circle/Connecticut Aveneue NW and from Q Street north to Riggs Place, with one section going as far as north as Swann Street (see the map below).
Here’s a little bit more about Maltz.
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?
Maltz: I am running because I love my neighborhood, I am proud to be a DC resident, and I intend to have a positive impact on my local community. This is the place where I want to raise my family, and I am invested in ensuring our neighborhood continues to be a welcoming community for young professionals to retirees. It is important to me that the members of our ANC are representative of the diversity within our neighborhoods. This is my first time running for ANC.
Borderstan: How many years have you lived in your ANC neighborhood? How long have you been in DC?
Maltz: My first experience in the District lasted six months when I was a summer intern at the White House. I stayed through the fall semester to participate in the Washington Semester program at American University. I fell in love with all that the DC area has to offer and relocated here permanently, shortly after graduating law school. For the past six years, I have lived in the Dupont Circle area. My husband and I purchased our condo in ANC2 B0-3 in May of 2010.
Borderstan: How are you currently involved in your community?
Maltz: I am extensively involved and invested in this community. I am the treasurer of my condo board and I volunteer at Ross Elementary as a “Girls on the Run” coach, a program that instills confidence in 3rd- to 5th–grade girls through running. I am helping the Urban Neighborhood Alliance (UNA) with the 17th Street Festival in September and am assisting with the Dupont Circle Citizens Association (DCCA) house tour in October. In July, I was appointed to serve as 2B-06 liquor liaison. I have already worked with local establishments and residents on several liquor-licensing issues.
Borderstan: If elected to the ANC, what will be your main areas of focus/concern – and why?
Maltz: My main area of focus will be on strengthening the positive relationships between residents and local businesses. Our neighborhood is stronger when community residents and neighborhood businesses work together. This will be especially important with the East Dupont Circle Moratorium set to expire next fall.
Borderstan: What do you hope to contribute to your community while on the ANC?
Maltz: I hope to be the clear and consistent voice for residents of the ANC2B03 area on all issues of importance to our neighborhood. I want community members to have a better understanding about the ANC, to receive more information about neighborhood projects, and to always know how to contact me with their questions and concerns. My website, stephaniemaltzfordc.com, will be up and running soon. In the meantime, I can be reached via email at smaltz[AT]gmail.com or on my cell at (202) 309-5138.
Borderstan: What do you think gives you an edge over other candidate(s) running in your district?
Maltz: Since January, I have been attending the ANC monthly meetings to understand the specific issues that come before the Commission. I have taken the time to get to know the current commissioners and learn from their expertise. As the 2B-06 liquor liaison, I have gained direct experience working with the commissioners and establishments, while reaching out to residents for input. Most importantly, I understand the responsibilities, dedication, and time commitment involved to be successful in this position.
Borderstan: What is your day job and is there a connection to how your day job would assist you in being a commissioner?
Maltz: During the day, I split my time between serving as an education policy specialist and a government relations consultant for a public health organization. This, in addition to my prior experience advocating on behalf of small businesses, allows me to bring a unique perspective to the table.