Meet the new anc commissioners – hillrag

Although not required to follow the ANC advice, District agencies are required to give ANC recommendations “great weight.” District law says that agencies cannot take any action that will significantly affect a neighborhood unless they provide 30-day notice to ANCs. This includes zoning, streets, recreation, education, social services, sanitation, planning, safety, budget, and health services.

Ruth Ann Hudson won the election to represent SMD 6A05, formerly the role of Patrick Malone. Hudson and her family have lived in the neighborhood for the past decade, and say they couldn’t have asked for a better community to raise their family.

Hudson has two girls. Her oldest daughter is in preschool at Maury, and her youngest will be joining her next year.

Brian Ready ran unopposed in November to represent SMD 6B03, represented by James Loots since 2012. Ready moved from Las Vegas to Capitol Hill four years ago citing the neighborhood’s long history and diversity of community, arts and culture. He has a background in hospitality and law and volunteers at The Townhomes on Capitol Hill. Ready is passionate about promoting affordable housing, ensuring that the neighborhood is safe, and strengthening the diversity of the community.

Ready said he has learned a great deal from his predecessors. “The most important thing I have learned is that we must use our voices to push our government to respond to the needs of our community,” Ready said. “I want to foster a healthy dialogue between neighbors and local businesses. I want to make sure that our neighborhood continues to improve for all residents.”

Ready said he will advocate to work through bureaucracy and to strengthen ties between neighbors and government. He wants to improve community safety by working with First District Police, the Mayor’s Office of Community Engagement and with neighbors. He will keep neighbors informed by going door-to-door and holding community office hours. Follow him on Twitter at @Ready_4_DC.

Holtzman said he’s noted two misperceptions about what the ANC is. The first one is that the ANC is a forum where the big, pressing policy issues of the day are debated and dealt with. The second and more common perception is that the ANC is an institution that only focuses on micro-level things that concern a home owner or a business and their immediate neighbors, critical to them but not of much interest to anyone else.

“The truth I think is that each ANC, even within the constraints of its ‘advisory’ role, is constantly shaping the big public policy issues in our neighborhood and in our city,” said Holtzman, “precisely through the cumulative effect of every review of a house addition, every negotiation with a business on a liquor license, every effort to lobby for a stop sign or a traffic calming measure, every recommendation on expanding or contracting resident-only parking, every position on bike lanes or bike-share stands.”

Whatever your viewpoints, Holtzman said, you can only get involved if you’re informed. He asks that all local list servs and blogs add his email to their list. He also requests that his constituents share their email addresses with him so that he can sent them relevant news. Finally, he is looking for representatives from his SMD for ANC 6B’s committees and task forces. Reach him at 6B05@anc.dc.gov Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

Kasie Clark was uncontested in the race to represent SMD 6B09, formerly served by Daniel Ridge. Clark is a former middle school STEM teacher with a BA in Film, a BA in Political Science, and a M.Ed from SMU and Johns Hopkins University, respectively. She currently serves as Program Director at College to Congress, a DC nonprofit where she works directly with low-income, high achieving students who serve as a voice for their community by interning in congressional offices.

The area covered by ANC 6C includes Stanton Park and Union Station, reaching north to New York and Florida Avenues NE. Three Commissioners will have stepped down from ANC 6C at the end of 2018. Chris Miller (6C05) left the District and his office in the summer after two terms. Heather Edelman (6C06) decided not to seek re-election. First elected as an ANC Commissioner for the now defunct SMD 6A13 in 1988, John Scott Price is stepping down from ANC 6C03 at the end of the year. First elected in 1994 to represent 6A03, Karen Wirt will continue representing 6C02 which she has represented since being elected in 2012 along with Mark Eckenwiler (6C04). Christine Healey (6C01), first elected in 2016, was re-elected to represent her SMD.

Adelstein retired from the Federal government in 2018, having devoted his career in the field of civil rights to the U.S. Departments of Justice and Labor. With a particular distaste for the use of single-occupancy vehicles, Adelstein hopes to respond timely to constituent concerns with a concentration on transportation, accessibility to housing, and preventative crime measures.

Despite having no opponents in the race, Rob Dooling received more than 1,800 votes affirming him as the choice to represent SMD 6C06 when Heather Edelman steps down at the end of this year. Dooling describes himself as a bike adventurer and progressive dreamer who fell in love with DC’s green, urban, and nerdy culture after moving from Nebraska four and a half years ago. He said he ran for neighborhood commissioner in NoMa and Old City because the 4,000 new units planned for the area must feature affordable housing, parks, and sustainable transportation options.

Big change comes to ANC 6D, which covers neighborhoods in both the Southeast and Southwest quadrants located south of the Mall and Virginia Avenue, including the homes of DC United and the Washington Nationals as well as The Wharf and Buzzard Point. The ANC had three contested races last November, two of which unseated long-term incumbents: Roger Moffat (6D05), who has been an ANC Commissioner since 1996, when he was elected to now-defunct SMD 2D05; and Cara Lee Shockley, who was elected representative for SMD 6D02 in 2010, and again in 2016.

Anna Forgie defeated incumbent Cara Lee Shockley to represent SMD 6D02 for the next term. Forgie has lived in ANC 6D for nearly seven years, and said the area is exceptional for its wonderfully diverse population, including a mix of single-family homes and high-rise apartment buildings, government offices and businesses, and recreation and performance facilities — all so close to spectacular waterways.

He has closely followed the growth of the neighborhood, where he moved in 2016. Daniels said that the Capitol Riverfront project captivated him during the early development of the BID, but he decided to get involved this year in part due to the national political climate. “Upon learning that our ANC seat would be vacant, I found this to be the perfect opportunity to become more involved in the decisions that are being made which affect our neighborhood,” he said.

Daniels said that his platform is very much in-line with the immediate concerns of the residents that he spoke to during his campaign, especially with its emphasis on the efficiency associated with addressing infrastructure issues associated with traffic safety. He said that he also means to streamline issues related to development, noting resident concerns regarding affordable housing, inadequate parking, and poor property management, need to be addressed along with construction and planning.