The fifth in our Better Know Your ANC Candidates series is fightin' ANC 1A11, which you can see at right.
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.
There's a map of all the ANCs here.
ANC 1A11 is currently represented by Dottie Love Wade, the current vice chair, who is running against Miriam Savad. Savad declined to answer these questions, so here are Wade's answers.
1. Tell us a bit about yourself.
I am a life-long resident of Ward One, having attended Harrison Elementary School, Banneker Junior High and Cardozo High School. My husband and I have lived in our current home on Columbia Road, NW for almost 39 years and raised our two daughters here. Our oldest daughter Andrea, graduated Banneker Junior High School as Salutatorian.
I am a retired public administrator of with service of over 25 years, having worked in both the Federal and District Governments. I am also a former Ward One School Board Member.
2. Why are you running for ANC?
This will be my 6th intermittent term as Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner for ANC 1A-11 (formerly ANC 1B-11). While there has been much positive improvements to our neighborhood, there is still much to be accomplished. I was instrumental in the development and completion of much of the recent development in Columbia Heights, including the DC Public Realm, DCUSA development, the Tivoli tract, and many other project. I endeavor to continue to serve my community.
3. What are the biggest issues confronting your district?
The biggest issues confronting my district are youth crime and violence, littered streets and alleys graffiti and dwindling affordable housing availability.
4. What do you think the ANC can do better?
I believe the ANC can do a better job of outreach and communication with neighbors, District Government agencies and public safety providers.
5. What do you think the area needs more of?
Our area needs more tutorial and after-school programs for students and young adults, gang-prevention outreach programs, alley clean-up and re-paving, and traffic control officers to make our neighborhood more pedestrian-friendly.
6. One of the ANC's jobs is to regulate liquor licenses. What are your thoughts on these issues?
Regulation of liquor licenses is a key function of the Advisory Neighborhood Commission. As representatives for our community, we can more closely monitor the operation of establishments with ABC licenses to ensure compliance with hours of operation, cleanliness of interior and exterior establishments, noise suppression and over-saturation of ABC licenses in a particular area.
Since the ANC's position carries "great weight" in issuing such licenses, businesses are more likely to enter into Voluntary Agreements which protect our residents and businesses.