I’ve received a few messages from the message box on the homepage, and I always write back. Sometimes I turn the responses to content on my Platform page, but here is where the personal details are changed and I present my responses, since others may have the same questions.
Why should I vote for you? Why should I trust you have my community in your best interest and why should I trust you will not turn my community all WHITE? WHITE does not mean BETTER, POSITIVE, or GREAT. What can you do for Seniors, Single Parents, Better Affordable Housing, JOBS, JOBS, JOBS, YOUTH PROGRAMS, Re turn-CITIZENS( Housing- VERY IMPORTANT) MENTAL HEALTH? You have been a ward 8 for five years. WARD 8 DOESN’T want or need to be the next GEORGETOWN!!!!! Ward 8 Needs someone who sees the community has HUMAN BEINGS not PROFIT, someone to empower the entire community GOOD and BAD! If you are this person SHOW UP and SHOW OUT! if not then don’t waste our time. One more thing, if you win, are you willing to hire ward 8 people to work in our office?????????????
Thanks for the message, Anita. Allow me to address your questions below.
Why should I vote for you?
If you’re pleased with the District’s laws and services and Trayon’s performance, you should probably not vote for me. If you want to have a representative who has new ideas and a different paradigm (like fighting for Ward 8’s interests first and opposing legislation that retards economic growth and protects violent criminals), then you might want to vote for me.
Why should I trust you have my community in your best interest…
It’s really our community, even though you’ve certainly lived in the neighborhood longer than me. Gertrude Lomax died five years ago, and I bought her empty condo unit at Washington Place. I wanted to move there since it was a place I could afford and I liked the location. Since then, I’ve built relationships with my neighbors, who have truly enriched my life (RIP Ricardo Rory). As a general principle, I believe people should be good stewards of their home, and continually make improvements in their environment, since they have the most control and easiest access to the place where they are.
…and why should I trust you will not turn my community all WHITE? WHITE does not mean BETTER, POSITIVE, or GREAT
I have no interest in changing the wonderful culture that exists in this part of DC. The generations of families who live next to and love each other, the Go-Go, the picnics, the high school sports, the Redskins Football Team, and many other things are things to savor. I am interested in decreasing the number of kids who shoot each other and increasing the high school graduation rate, which are not issues that are not unique to a certain ethnicity.
Young professionals who would like to buy a home and invest in a community will continue to move into the affordable areas. They will be ethnically diverse and they will be good for the neighborhoods; starting families and bringing in more access to resources with their diverse skills sets and occupations. For some areas, this is redemptive and should be celebrated. I’m not afraid of more diversity, and I don’t consciously associate ethnicities with certain values, but make efforts to judge individuals by their character. I find that understanding one’s character, talent, and personality (Myers Briggs) to be immensely more helpful in knowing and valuing someone than any demographic label.
What can you do for Seniors, Single Parents, Better Affordable Housing, JOBS, JOBS, JOBS, YOUTH PROGRAMS, Return-CITIZENS( Housing- VERY IMPORTANT) MENTAL HEALTH?
As a representative on the DC Council, I can present legislation that gives people greater opportunity by restricting oppressive governmental programs. For example, the district has a complex ‘trust fund’ for developing new housing units, which increases the costs and regulations and has results like the current Barry Farm project. In the words of current Councilmember Alyssa Silverman, when talking about displacement from homes, “It wasn’t the invisible hand…we (the elected officials) kicked them out.”
I’m in favor of cutting unnecessary licensure programs like the 1000 hours of training required for barbering. More job creation generally helps everyone-in whatever stage of life they currently reside- the means to create more income to better provide for themselves and their families.
I’m interested in reviewing the current programs for returning citizens and comparing them to other cities in order to find best practices to reduce recidivism and to increase work opportunities.
The Council and Mayor’s office discouraged the mental wellness of DC residents by shutting down playgrounds and telling people to stay home, when the outdoors was safer from the virus and for the psyche. They thought taking away freedom of movement to protect the residents from a virus with a 99.9% recovery rate was more important than letting people get outside, feel the sun, and enjoy nature.
Keeping the neighborhoods safe is imperative for Seniors, making the hundreds of free recreational events accessible.
You have been a ward 8 for five years. WARD 8 DOESN’T want or need to be the next GEORGETOWN!!!!!
I appreciate Georgetown’s unique history – it had a period of growth since it was the last established port on the Potomac before Great Falls. Today it is known for the University and the specialty shops on M St. Personally, the goods in that neighborhood are too pricy for me, and I get upset when the professors testify to the Council and claim to have SE’s interests at heart when they don’t (see my page on cashless companies).
Ward 8 Needs someone who sees the community has HUMAN BEINGS not PROFIT, someone to empower the entire community GOOD and BAD!
I’m with you. This reminds me of the slumlords who see human beings as economic tools, and who don’t have habitable conditions and threaten eviction when the vulnerable tenants request assistance. That’s why I care about having a regulatory environment where there are more job opportunities, so people can earn more income and have more choices on where to live, and they can stay out of an unjust housing system.
If you are this person SHOW UP and SHOW OUT! if not then don’t waste our time.
I’ll show up-at the council meetings in NW and at the community gatherings in SE. I’m not sure what ‘showing out’ is, but I’m a guy who’s focused on results and ensuring the Ward’s interests are advocated.
One more thing, if you win, are you willing to hire ward 8 people to work in our office?????????????
Always. I need people in the office who can get results legislatively and provide excellent constituent services, and I’ll prioritize those who live in Ward 8. With a staff of 8 people, I can’t imagine not having representation.