Keisha Shropshire (ANC 5D02) was among a crop of new commissioners elected to Advisory Neighborhood Commission 5D who assumed their seats in January of 2015. I have spoken to, and otherwise interacted with Commissioner Shropshire extensively during her time representing a section of the Trinidad neighborhood on the Commission. I have also watched her take action, as not only a commissioner, but also as the Commissions’ elected treasurer. When she first took on the role of treasurer for the Commission she spent time to thoroughly review the state of ANC 5D’s finances and produce a report that noted any recent expenditures that appeared to deviate from the guidelines, or lack proper documentation. She has continued to produce accurate and through treasurer’s reports to help increase transparency regarding ANC 5D’s financial condition and spending.
In mid-2015 I sat down for a talk with Commissioner Shropshire, and she explained what first motivated her to run. She talked about how she had found herself having numerous conversations with neighbors about how they wanted to achieve certain results in the neighborhood, and about their needs for particular services. She often found herself stepping in, and assisting some of those neighbors in navigating the frameworks of District government agencies.
During her time in office she’s been very active, and dealt skillfully with a number of issues, including: tenant rights, public safety, residential development, liquor licenses, sanitation problems, senior concerns, traffic and parking worries, and much more. She has coordinated with her fellow commissioners, resisted in-fighting even when provoked, and stood her ground to be a strong advocate for her constituents.
Ms. Shropshire is a tremendous asset to ANC 5D, both as an individual commissioner, and as the treasurer. This commission has made great strides in the time since she took office, and I look forward to continued progress with her involvement. I strongly urge all residents of ANC 5D02 to cast their ballots for the re-election of Commissioner Keisha Shropshire. You can read her candidate statement here.