Thursday, September 20, 2012

Better Know Your ANC Candidates: ANC 1A03

The second in our Better Know Your ANC Candidates series is fightin' ANC 1A03, which you can see at right (the red north-south line is 16th Street). The idea with these posts is that you can learn about who is running for the ANC in your area and if you'd like, be able to learn more about them via their websites or emails. The ANC advises the city council on local issues and also can issue grants, hold events, and approve or deny liquor licenses.

Currently Sheldon Scott is the commissioner of ANC 1A03, and he's not running. The only candidate is Steven Swank. Here's his questions:

1. Tell us a bit about yourself. 
 I am a native of the Washington, DC metropolitan area. I graduated from Frostburg State University in 2006 with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Criminal Justice and resided in Columbia Heights since May 2010. I am a licensed Realtor, certified personal trainer and work as a federal government contractor. I am a member of HandsOn Greater DC Cares and have participated in the IONA Senior Services, which provides meals to older adults in D.C. who have difficulty shopping or preparing meals. Additionally, I have volunteered at Loaves and Fishes serving meals to the hungry and homeless in D.C.

2. Why are you running for ANC? 
 I have been active in the political process at the local, state, and federal level. In light of a genuine passion for social change, I believe the Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANC) is a great opportunity to build a local foundation from within my own community. Through representation of nearly 2,000 constituents, I will devote my time and energy towards getting to know the individuals that make up the vibrant Columbia Heights community and the concerns they have regarding needed change in the local area.

3. What are the biggest issues confronting your district? 
 Door-to-door constituency feedback suggests traffic, parking and development/gentrification to be the primary concerns in our area.

4. What do you think the ANC can do better? 
 Enhanced interaction and communication with their constituents to make them aware of issues that affect their area and be sure their constituent’s voices are heard. Additionally, the ANC needs to provide constituents and local businesses with protocol and a transparent blueprint for achieving resolution to such changes.

5. What do you think the area needs more of? 
I would like to see another Capital Bikeshare located off the Columbia Heights Metro and since the parking garage is underutilized at the DC USA complex, I would like to discuss the possibility of allowing long-term garage rental parking. I have attended a restaurant called New Course ( which trains homeless and unemployed men and women by providing hands-on training. The food not only was fresh and healthy, but it serves as a community-based transition from the street and into the workforce. I believe a local deli with the same mission would be beneficial to the Columbia Heights neighborhood.

6. One of the ANC's jobs is to regulate liquor licenses. What are your thoughts on these issues? 
 I believe every business has a right to apply for a liquor license and if they meet the qualifications, then they should be granted the license. If they abuse or violate any laws, the ANC should then investigate and determine whether the license shall be revoked.

Feel free to contact me with any questions/concerns!!/SteveSwankForAnc1a03

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