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Ward 1 Council Candidate Forum Scheduled for Wednesday @ the Park View School

February 24, 2014

For those who haven’t made up their mind on who to vote for in the Ward 1 Council race, the The Georgia Avenue Community Development Task Force is hosting a Ward 1 Candidates Forum on Wednesday February 26th at 6:00pm at the Bruce Monroe @ Park View school at 3560 Warder St. NW.  Candidates Brianne Nadeau and Councilmember Jim Graham are invited to share their views on Georgia Avenue.  They will be asked five questions related to Georgia Avenue, and a series of yes/no questions.  Audience questions will follow as time permits.  Both candidates will need to leave immediately afterwards for another forum so the forum will need to end by 7:30. It’s an opportunity for residents to attend a forum in the neighborhood and become better acquainted with the candidates.

NRHP Park View School(The Park View school building on Warder Street)

Meet & Greet with Ward 1 Council Candidate Brianne Nadeau Tonight, at DC Reynolds

December 20, 2013
Ward 1 Council candidate Brianne Nadeau.

Ward 1 Council candidate Brianne Nadeau.

According to DC Reynolds Facebook page, they will be hosting a meet and greet for Ward 1 Council candidate Brianne Nadeau. The event is tonight, Friday December 20th, beginning at 8 p.m. In addition to meeting Ms. Nadeau, she will also be bringing registration information in case attendees haven’t registered to vote yet.

The following description is from DC Reynolds announcement:

“Brianne Nadeau is a former ANC, running for DC Council to bring a new energy to the Ward. She has focused her campaign on maintaining affordability in our community, strengthening our schools and improving the delivery of government services. She believes the Council should be focused on long-term solutions to our ongoing problems, not quick fixes. During her time on the ANC, she was known as responsive, accessible and for bringing people together around tough issues. She has worked closely with leaders along Georgia Avenue to strengthen the corridor and has made this a top priority for her campaign.”

It sounds like an interesting event.

Jim Graham Running for Re-Election to Fifth Term

December 10, 2013

At the beginning of December, one of the questions I asked was if residents thought Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham would be running for re-election. Yesterday morning, CM Graham answered that question on Newstalk with Bruce Depuyt on NewsChannel 8 with a definitive yes!

If you happened to miss it, you can watch the segment below.

What Are Your Thoughts on the Ward 1 Council Race?

December 2, 2013
DC Council (Image from Logan Circle Community Association Web site)

DC Council (Image from Logan Circle Community Association Web site)

I suspect that most people have probably been more focused on Thanksgiving of shopping for Christmas than the upcoming April primary … but one thing we really need to be paying attention to is the race for the Ward 1 seat on the DC Council. Thus far, the Democratic candidates circulating nominating petitions are:

Ms. Nadeau is strongly connected to the 14th & U Street/Meridian Hill area, Mr. Weaver hails from Adams Morgan, and Ms. Wheeler lives in Columbia Heights. both Nadeau and Weaver are former Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners whereas Ms. Wheeler has a strong background with charter schools. Of the three, I have only encountered Nadeau walking the streets of Park View seeking signatures on her nomination petitions.

Interestingly, incumbent Councilmember Jim Graham has not yet entered the race for re-election. Nominating petitions became available on November 8th and as of the Board of Elections November 29th list of candidates Graham’s name was not listed. The deadline for filing nominating petitions is January 2, 2014, so there is still time for Graham to make his intentions known if he is running —  but I confess I find the strategy of waiting to declare one’s candidacy until late in the process to be a bit baffling.

I’m curious to hear what others think about:

  1. whether Graham will enter the race or not;
  2. if Graham doesn’t enter the race, who do you favor of the current three candidates; or
  3. if these candidates are lacking, who should we encourage to run (either now or in four years).

I’ll lead this discussion by stating that I’m a little disappointed in the “vision” of the candidates. I believe they are all on the right side of the issues they have presented, and frankly don’t find myself so far off from their positions. However, I was hoping to find a deep dive into the issues of development, transportation, and the kind of city they want the District to be as it grows and develops.

Taking Georgia Avenue as an example, I believe the DC Council needs to be more focused on development along the corridor that will provide more housing and room for new businesses — but this needs to be done in such a way that we don’t push out our existing businesses or lose our neighborhood character. The candidates also need to be talking about improved transportation (i.e. streetcars vs. bus rapid transit vs. circulator) and getting projects like Park Morton moving again. In short, there are many, many important issues critical to moving Georgia Avenue forward in a progressive way — including the Bruce Monroe property, historic preservation, affordable housing & affordable senior housing, education and public school redistricting, zoning, integrating new development into our existing communities, and the list goes on. I’m sure this is true for every corner of Ward 1  (I’ll go into more depth on some of these issues and others in follow up posts).

So, to wrap this up, please share your thoughts about the Ward 1 Council race in the comments section and take a moment to participate in the polls below.

If Councilmember Graham does not enter the race, which of the candidates are you leaning towards?

If Councilmember Graham does enter the race, which of the candidates are you leaning towards?

Meet & Greet with Councilmember Bowser this Wednesday @ Mothership

November 19, 2013
Councilmember Bowser.

Councilmember Bowser.

Here’s something that might present a tough choice for many — not only is there a joint 3D/4D police meeting on Wednesday but a meet and greet with Councilmember Bowser has also been scheduled for the same date and time.

This Wednesday, November 20th, Councilmember Muriel Bowser will be joining members of the neighborhood for a happy hour! It is intended to give members of the community a chance to talk to her about area issues (such as crime) and see what measures she would take if elected.

Details below:

What: Happy Hour Meet & Greet with Councilmember Bowser
Time: 7:00 P.M.
When: Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Where: Mothership Restaurant at Lamont and Georgia, NW

At-Large Candidates Forum This Sunday, March 17th

March 14, 2013

The At-Large DC Council Special Election is coming up on April 23. If you still don’t know who you want to vote for, consider attending this Sunday’s Candidates Forum.
Candidates Forum


Want to Know Your Neighborhood Better?: DC Reynolds Hosting Meeting to Talk About Community

June 25, 2012

Ward 1 map showing proposed 2012 ANC and SMD boundaries

Do you want to get involved in your neighborhood but don’t know where to start? Do you find acronyms like ANC, SMD, and PSA confusing? Have you ever wondered if there is a neighborhood civic organization in your area?

If you live on or near Georgia Avenue, or just want to learn more, here’s an opportunity to find out more about where you live, better understand how to get involved in your community, and more effectively communicate with the city and your representatives.

DC Reynolds is hosting an informal evening with Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners Kent Boese (1A08) and Lauren McKenzie (1B09) and Juan Camilo Barragan (Ward 1 Liaison, Office of Neighborhood Engagement (ONE), Executive Office of the Mayor) to help demystify the different opportunities available to learn more about your community and get involved.

Where: DC Reynolds, 3628 Georgia Avenue

Date: Tuesday June 26, 2012

Time: 7:00 p.m.


Democratic At-Large Council Candidates Squeeze Orange in Park View

March 13, 2012

The seven at-large candidates, including the four democratic candidates that will be on the April 3rd ballot

Last night, the Georgia Avenue Community Development Task Force hosted a forum for the seven at-large candidates that are running for the DC Council. While all candidates were asked a series of questions, the real focus — and tensions — were between the four Democratic candidates that will be on the April 3, 2012, primary ballot.

I expected pressure to be on Councilmember Vincent Orange, and it was. Peter Shapiro began aggressively by referring to Orange and questionable ethics and campaign financing while answering questions. Sekou Biddle and E. Gail Anderson Holness were not far behind and also got a few of their own shots in.

But it was not until the closing statements that Orange showed his mettle. Of the four Democratic contenders, Shapiro spoke first and again hammered away at the need for a fresh start on the DC Council. He spoke about his 6 years of experience on the Prince Georges County Council — two as chair — and the need for ethics at the Council level while indicating that Orange was part of the problem.

Orange spoke next, and immediately when on the attack. He quickly deviated from talking about his experience to labeling Shapiro a “quitter” who left the PG County Council high and dry to teach at the University of Maryland before moving back to the District. Orange furthermore called Shapiro a “carpetbagger” despite the many years he has lived in or near Washington (not to mention that Biddle is the only candidate running who was actually born and raised in the District).

Holness followed Orange and immediately stated that Shapiro was correct. The DC Council needed ethical behavior and a fresh start. In talking about the need to stop bullying in schools she segued into the bullying she feels that Orange has subjected her to, from challenging the signatures on her petition to run to removing her campaign signs. It was particularly interesting to see Orange’s photographer drop his head in thought as Holness stated she had photographic proof of Orange’s campaign workers removing her signs. At this point, and while Holness was still speaking, Orange along with his supporters rudely got up and left the auditorium with three other candidates yet to speak. Holness also left after she concluded her closing.

And then Biddle‘s turn came. After driving home why voters should elect him, he too when on the offensive. Referring to Orange’s reference and use of the Washington City Paper “endorsement” (shown below) that he was “… a champion of ethical government reforms.”

Newspaper quotes used in Orange's campaign literature and posted on his campaign Web site

Biddle said, ‘Mr. Orange likes to quote from the Washington City Paper. Let me tell you what the City paper really wrote.’ He then read the following from the paper:

Orange won a special election in April for an at-large council seat by capturing the support of the black voters who still decide elections; since then, he’s not only managed to stay free of any ethical taint (despite being the favorite politician of city contractors), but has somehow positioned himself as a champion of ethical government reforms. Only in the District, dear readers, would a former lobbyist for the hated local power company manage to win himself that reputation.

I came away from the event feeling very confident that three of the four Democratic candidates running for the DC Council are very capable, ethical, and a step in the right direction. Sadly, Orange, the candidate who currently holds the seat, was not among them.

His rude, disrespectful, and childish behavior at the end of the forum indicated to me that he is not the man to bring integrity to the DC Council. I also have memories of coming home during the 2010 campaign to find his campaign workers had posted Orange campaign signs on my property and that of my neighbors without permission. Given the field of candidates, we can definitely do better than Orange.


Georgia Avenue Walking Tour Tomorrow, At-Large Candidate Forum on Monday

March 9, 2012

Here are two events that will be of interest to the community:

The Georgia Avenue Walk which was postponed due to weather last Saturday will be this Saturday March 10th at 11 a.m.  The walk will start at the Georgia Avenue/Petworth Metro station — west side — and walk down to the Shaw Metro station describing the vision, issues, and new development along lower Georgia Avenue.

On Monday March 12, the Georgia Avenue Community Development Task Force will host an At-Large Candidate Forum at the Bruce Monroe @ Park View school at 6:30pm. For more information contact or (202) 462-2285


Georgia Avenue Walk, March 3rd, At-Large Candidate Forum, March 12, 2012

February 29, 2012

UPDATE 3/2/12: Due to the forecast of rain tomorrow morning, the Georgia Avenue Walk will be postponed until next Saturday, March 10 at 11am.”

Below is an announcement for two upcoming events from the Georgia Avenue Community Development Task Force that should be of interest to many in the community, especially those interested in the the future of Georgia Avenue.

The Georgia Avenue Community Development Task Force is gearing up for the Georgia Avenue Walk on Saturday March 3rd at 11am and the At-Large Candidate Forum on Monday March 12 at 6:30pm.

The Georgia Avenue Walk will begin at the Georgia Avenue-Petworth Metro Station (west side) at 11am.  Members of the Task Force who live and work along Georgia Avenue will talk about the vision we have for our neighborhood as we walk to the Shaw/Howard Metro Station at 7th and S St.

The Candidates Forum on March 12 will be at the Bruce Monroe @ Park View School.  A committee will create a set of in-depth and yes/no questions based on your input.  What issues would you like for the At-Large Candidates to address?  Send your feedback to or (202) 462-2285.


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