I appreciate all the neighbors who supported me with your vote on Tuesday. I look forward to serving our neighborhood for another two years.
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When I chose to make our neighborhood home almost six years ago, I was a new DC resident, without a job and with only hopes of what our community could offer. Over time I found many opportunities: to pursue further education at George Washington University, to serve on the board of a local education nonprofit, and in 2016, to be elected as your Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner (ANC). I am proud of my record as your Commissioner over the last two years, but there is still work to do. This is why I am running for reelection as your ANC in Single Member District (SMD) 4C01.
I know you have dreams for your own and your family’s futures, yet our neighborhood does not always provide opportunity for all. Issues such as rising housing costs, lack of accessible transit, and gun violence sometimes make our dreams seem out of reach. I believe that together we can strengthen our neighborhood so that it becomes a place of opportunity for all, where all residents are able to achieve their goals. As your ANC, I will continue to work hand-in-hand with you to realize this vision.
Because of the hard work of past and current residents, our neighborhood has so much to offer. Still, there are many ways in which our neighborhood could offer more opportunity for all residents. As your Commissioner, I will continue to fight to:
- Increase our access to affordable housing and accessible transit that help residents live securely and access high-quality job opportunities.
- Address root causes of the public health problems of gun violence, homelessness, and drug addiction, such as limited access to jobs, workforce training, and substance abuse and mental health treatment for our neighbors in crisis. I will continue to encourage our leaders to move beyond shortsighted approaches that do not address these root causes, but make a show of cracking down on crime by unjustly targeting our youth and people of color and increasing their involvement in the criminal justice system.
- Maintain a vibrant neighborhood with a high quality of life by addressing the local challenges that impact our well-being, such as vacant properties, sanitation violations, illegal construction and more.
- Advocate for increased equity, quality and access to neighborhood educational programs and services for our children and youth—including daycare, after-school and summer programs badly needed in Ward 4—so that all young people in our neighborhood have a chance to thrive.
- Support our local small businesses and entrepreneurs by improving conditions for their success.
How will we achieve this together? As a former teacher and community advocate, I am a relationship-builder who respects and listens to all people. I pledge to work respectfully with all residents and other commissioners to solve problems and put the needs of our neighborhood first.
I’m asking for your vote on Tuesday, November 6. I look forward to working with and for you and our neighborhood.