I'm running to be the next Ward 1 Councilmember because I am committed to ensuring that the District government meets the needs of our residents.
Restoring Ward 1's long legacy of excellent constituent services, on issues both great and small, are one of my top priorities. And I will be the progressive advocate that maintains the rich diversity of our Ward as the neighborhoods continue to grow and prosper.
Because of our shared values, I will be your advocate and champion to ensure that your voice has a seat at the table and it's fairly represented among all those in the District who live here and work hard to make it a great inclusive community. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of responsive and timely constituent services or my commitment to it.
One thing I've learned is in my many years as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, through my experience, I've learned that by solving problems for the community, better informs me to improve the quality of life of not just one resident but all residents. For this reason, I see this is the most important role I can play as your elected leader.
My commitment to this essential service has led me to approach every issue, whether it be school modernisations, crime and public safety, or even balancing big development in our densely populated neighborhoods. Not as isolated issues but as quality of life issues, and constituent services issues, because they impact people's everyday lives. That's the difference between doing something and working for the community versus doing something to the community.
In addition to my commitment to unparalleled constituent services as your next Councilmember I am also committed to continuing Ward 1 tradition of inclusive community outreach, responsible progressive legislation, and being responsive, present, and engaged in every neighborhood. This is a model that has worked so well for our neighborhoods in the past.
- I believe that government's job is to make sure that society's most vulnerable residents, those who would otherwise not have a voice, are fairly represented and have a seat at the table.
- I believe elected leaders must ensure that policies and laws are fair and that all residents and communities benefit equally from the District's progress and success.
To do this we must know our communities and know when key constituencies are not there. When we notice that constituencies are not there, then it's upon us as elected representatives, to reach out to those communities to hear from those communities and to hear what their needs are so that they can be represented. Having smart, talented, and capable leadership is important to any community. By working with the community, a Councilmember becomes the critical link between the community and the District government, to ensure that the gap between the two is bridged, and that your voices are heard.
Even though the job description of a council member may be that as a legislator, I believe that the real job is to be a problem-solver. Only by being engaged with the community is a Councilmember able to learn about the hopes, dreams, needs, and services that the residents expect and need, and the high quality of life that they seek in their own community. By working the problem a Councilmember, in collaboration with the community, can achieve superior and long-lasting results.
Ward 1 is so much more than a collection of neighborhoods defined by artificial boundaries like ANC single-member districts or police service areas or even education clusters. Instead, it is an interconnected network of diverse communities that allows all voices to be heard and involved in making the key decisions that impact their lives. My commitment and dedication to seeing that our Ward and our community continue to grow in a progressive and inclusive led to my decision to run to be the next Ward 1 Councilmember.
But I want to emphasize, I cannot do this alone. I need your help. I need you to join me and the community of friends and neighbors to make your voice heard as we work to shape a new vision for a new Ward 1.