Ward 5 Councilmember Race: Reader Poll – What Would You Like To Know?

On November 4th, 2014 DC will have its general election, and the seat for Ward 5 Councilmember will be on the ballot.We learned in late October that current Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie is seeking re-election, which shouldn’t be a surprise given his popularity. Then the race got more interesting in November when Brookland’s own ANC 5B04 Commissioner Carolyn Steptoe decided to jump in the race. The deadline for submitting petitions to get on the ballot was January 2nd, and while the signatures collected may still be challenged, the DC Board of Elections released the list of candidates on the ballot for the Democratic primary at this point. For Ward 5 Councilmember, these are:

  • Kathy Henderson, current ANC Commissioner of SMD 5D05 (near Benning Rd. and Maryland Ave, NE). Her website is here.
  • Jacqueline Manning, current ANC Commissioner of SMD 5C04 (near Mt. Olivet and Benning Roads, NE). We could not locate a website for Ms. Manning.
  • Kenyan McDuffie, current Ward 5 Councilmember. His website is here.
  • Carolyn Steptoe, current ANC Commissioner of Bookland’s SMD 5B04. Her website is here.

We congratulate all of these candidates for seeking public office and look forward to hearing more about what they plan to offer the residents of Ward 5. Here is where you come in – we are asking readers to submit questions for these candidates through our comments section below. We will aggregate the most common questions, ask them of each candidate, and assuming they respond, post their answers here.

6 thoughts on “Ward 5 Councilmember Race: Reader Poll – What Would You Like To Know?”

  1. If elected, what specific steps will the candidates take to maintain Ward 5’s economic diversity? How will they make sure that lower and middle class residents are not priced out of neighborhoods because of gentrification.

  2. What steps would the candidates take to reduce hate crimes on the basis of race and sexual orientation?

    How would the candidates strengthen ethics in government?

  3. Why does it seem that Ward 5 is a dumping ground for projects the rest of the city doesn’t want? Why
    are there so many trash transfer facilities and marijuana growing facilities in Ward 5? Are Ward 5 Councilpersons obligated somehow to accept what the other wards don’t want? It seems that someone other than the Council representative is driving things like Costco, the McMillan project, and the school closings.

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