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. The race, however, just got more interesting this week when Brookland’s own ANC 5B 04 Commissioner Carolyn Steptoe decided to throw her hat in the ring. (For brevity, I am assuming that Brookland Bridge readers do not need a back story on Commissioner Steptoe, as we have written a number of posts about her tenure as ANC.) Here is an email she sent to constituents earlier this week:
Hello Ward 5 – After much deliberation and prayer, I picked up nominating petitions seeking the democratic ballot for the Ward 5 D.C. City Council seat. If you are a Democrat and interested in signing my nominating petitions to help me qualify for the Ward 5 City Council ballot in the April 2014 primary, please let me know.
Also, if you are interested in helping me obtain petition signatures, please contact me. The minimum signatures are 250; 20 per page with nominating petitions due January 2, 2014. More campaign information to follow.
Meanwhile, I shall continue working hard in and for our ward while also obtaining signatures to earn your support and vote. Pls. know I greatlyappreciate any support. Thank you kindly.
A few days later she followed up with another message:
Good afternoon Ward 5 –
In response to so many generous offerings, I feel obliged to provide this disclaimer. Please know that the Steptoe campaign seeks only volunteer worker efforts and Ward 5 citizen votes. No financial donations please.
DISCLAIMER: While financial donations are helpful to any campaign, we do not relish the idea of perceived or expected favors to donors. Given what we believe are our strengths and accomplishments, the Steptoe campaign opts not to accept individual or business monetary donations. Instead, we prefer to work hard as we personally grind the pavement to earn your vote and your support. We believe this approach allows us not only to retain the ethereal integrity of elected leadership (similar to the days of old) but, more importantly, remain beholding only to the electorate Ward 5 citizen masses, our Ward 5 citizen issues and our Ward 5 concerns. Of course this approach is more work but, it’s worth it.
Meanwhile, thank you again for your support. Our formal website w/more detailed candidate information is forthcoming.
See you on the streets and in the neighborhoods of Ward 5! Send/leave us a message if you wish to sign the petition and volunteer!
We will keep you apprised of any developments – this should be an interesting one to watch!
Did you know that every Sunday, Dance Place sets aside 10 free tickets to their performances for residents of Ward 5? For the month of March, there are extending this generosity by offering 2 complimentary tickets per household, at a maximum of 20 Neighborhood Tickets per night, for the following performances:
Lionel Popkin: March 2-3: Sat at 8pm, Sun at 7pm. Avant-garde dance performance inspired by Ruth St. Denis, with live music by Guy Klucevsek.
ClancyWorks Dance Company: March 9-10: Sat at 8pm, Sun at 7pm. New work by Adrienne Clancy and guest choreographers Bill Evans and Sandra Lacy
TAKE Dance: March 23-24: Sat at 8pm, Sun at 7pm. Witty and touching contemporary dance, celebrating the culture of the Japanese working man
To reserve your tickets, call the Box Office Manager at 202-269-1600 and ask for your Neighborhood Resident tickets. You must be a resident of Ward 5 to receive tickets.
As we posted last month, one of the most vocal and active groups in the fight for DC Statehood started right here in Brookland, and and has recently expanded to form the Ward 5 Neighbors for Statehood. Besides outreach to local civic associations and meetings in the US Senate, one of the biggest activities the group is working on is their DC Statehood Lobby Day on Friday, March 1st, 2013. On that day, Ward 5 residents will visit US Senate offices with packets of information about DC and the Statehood bill itself. The focus will be to reach out to each new Senate office to both welcome them to the District and introduce them to the subject of DC Statehood. The organizer, Josh Burch wrote via email:
In the meetings we will discuss the great communities, history, and people in Ward 5 and in the District as a whole so that new Senators and staff understand that we are just like the people in their home states with one glaring exception: our disenfranchisement. Our goal will be to get as many freshman Senators to sign-on as cosponsors to S.132-The New Columbia Admission Act so that we have committed friends and supporters in the Senate for many years to come. We need YOU to join us on March 1st, to stand up for yourself, your family, your neighbors, and to complete the unfulfilled promise of our country (should be pretty darn fun too)..
The next Ward 5 Neighbors for Statehood meeting will be February 16th, at 3pm at a private residence in Woodridge. If you want to attend this meeting or lobby day please email Josh Burch at unitedforstatehood(at)gmail(dot)com for more information. To learn more about the grassroots efforts for DC Statehood, visit Josh’s blog, The 51st State.
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