Rashida Brown Kicks off Run for ANC 1A10 Tonight!
Park View resident Rashida Brown is officially beginning the campaign season for Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1A with her kick-off event at Bravo Bar tonight. Tonight’s event is open to the public and will run from 6:30-8:30 pm. Brown is running for the ANC 1A10 seat (ANC 1A map here).
I’ve already had an opportunity to sit down with her and have been impressed by her dedication, civic engagement, and strong work ethic. While its still too early to tell if others will be tossing their hats into the ring, I have no doubt that Brown is an excellent candidate and will be a solid choice in November.
Consider coming out tonight to meet the candidate if you can. Below is a press release that was forwarded to me:
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 15, 2014
Contact: Sabrina Parker Colwell
Phone: (202) 386-6441
Email: naturalink (at) gmail (dot) com
RASHIDA BROWN ANNOUNCES BID ANC1A10
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Rashida Brown, a Park View resident and community activist, will announce her run for Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner (ANC) 1A10 at Bravo Bar located at 2719 Georgia Ave, NW Washington, DC 20001 on Monday, May 19, 2014.
Brown’s motto is “respect the past, plan the present, build the future.” A native South Carolinian, Ms. Brown is a 7-year Park View resident. Brown is known for her work coordinating with several city agencies to combat crime, reduce illegal dumping and increase rat abatement in her neighborhood. She made this a multi-block effort. Brown states, “I am committed to expanding these efforts throughout my Single Member District (SMD).” Streets within 1A10’s SMD include Columbia Rd., Irving St., Warder St., Park Pl., Lamont St. and Georgia Ave.
A social worker and longtime advocate for children’s issues, Ms. Brown decided to run for ANC due to her commitment to make change and improve her community’s conditions. “I’ve lived in the District since 2000,” Brown states. She adds, “I came here to attend Howard University’s School of Social Work where I majored in direct services and community organizing.” Brown believes she is well positioned to use these skills when working to improve her community and advocate for those within her SMD.
Devoted to improving the conditions of her community, including Georgia Ave., Brown has worked in collaboration with several coalitions and tasks forces to raise concerns and advocate for meaningful economic development that brings multiple benefits to her community. For example, Brown has been an avid supporter of the current plan to redevelop the McMillan sand filtration site in Ward 5, which abuts the Med Star and Children’s Hospital Center as well as streets near 1A10. She adds, “the plans on the table call for acres of open and green park space, affordable housing and access to a high-quality grocery store and health care.” She looks forward to the finished product where her neighbors can enjoy these amenities, including a huge park space.
Brown recognizes changing demographics in Ward 1, but understands the need for long-term residents to have a place at the table. She states, “our seniors are not as mobile and oftentimes do not have access to the Internet to stay abreast of what’s going on in the community.” Brown proposes to increase involvement with senior residents to ensure that their voice is heard and are kept informed of changes within the community. She brings drive, vision, talent and dedication. This will set the tone for her campaign.
This position is currently being filled by Anthony Cimino. He is not expected to run in the November the election. Brown is the first to place her bid for this seat. She is being endorsed by Brianne Nadeau, Ward 1 Candidate for City Council, Kent Boese, ANC 1A Commission Chairman and David Do, Ward 1 Candidate for School Board of Education, as well as several local businesses and organizations.
About Advisory Neighborhood Commission
The Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) is a community board of residents elected to represent the neighborhood on issues including trash collection, economic development, liquor licenses, parking, crime and policing, and other neighborhood issues. Elected Commissioners serve an unpaid two-year term.