Each year I make space available on Frozen Tropics for ANC candidates who send me their candidate statements. The following is one of those:
What is the most important issue facing your neighborhood?
One of the most important issues facing Trinidad is actually multifaceted: How do we maintain housing affordability in a traditionally working- and middle-class neighborhood while encouraging economic development along our commercial corridors? These concerns are, of course, interwoven with concerns about crime and litter reduction, as well as expanded and top-notch educational and recreational opportunities for our intergenerational community. These concerns are not insurmountable; the results are not inevitable. Through community engagement and advocacy, as well as through proactive planning, we have and will continue to come together as neighbors to lift all boats.
What will you do to be an effective commissioner?
I will listen closely to all constituent concerns and will continue to keep residents informed about local activities, including neighborhood developments and events, while ensuring transparency for the whole ANC. I will empower my neighbors to receive the services they need by working with them to navigate the DC government. I’ll cut through red tape on their behalf, and I will speak up and out for them. Above all, I will respect and acknowledge the most valuable resources we share—the collective knowledge, wisdom, and experience of our neighbors.
On a personal note, I have known Jaime for several years. We first met in person on a tour of the Florida Market that I was co-leading with Richard Layman in 2006. I have no doubt that she would make an excellent ANC. She is a longtime resident of NE DC (and Ward 5), and has been very active in Trinidad, and the larger Ward 5 community. She's very hard working, and possesses the passion, experience, and knowledge necessary to move Trinidad forward. Please consider voting for her as ANC5D07.