Since taking office in January of 2015, ANC 5D Commissioner Adam Roberts has worked tirelessly advocating for the residents of Single Member District 5D03. He’s held public meetings, testified at hearings, picked up trash, shoveled snow, done research, written letters, drafted Settlement Agreements that lay out the rules for alcoholic beverage license-holders, launched a website for the commission, and much more. Roberts has showed up when and where he’s needed to support his constituents, and do the best he can to make sure local government works as intended for those who live and work in his district.
Roberts' SMD includes much of the east side of Bladensburg Road, as well as a sizable chunk of Carver-Langston
In January of this year, Roberts’ colleagues elected him to act as their Chairperson. He has tackled the challenge with gusto, taking steps to bring greater transparency to commission affairs and attempting to treat all commissioners fairly and with respect.
ANC 5D has had more than its share of problems over the years, and I say that as someone who held a seat on the commission back when it was still ANC 5B (prior to redistricting). In 2012 a former chair pled guilty to using his position to steal nearly $30,000 (pretty much the entire account) from the commission for personal purposes. Further, ANC 5D has a long-standing reputation for infighting, an unfortunate situation for which I believe much of the blame rests with one particularly cantankerous commissioner. These are all significant challenges that any seated commissioner must confront on top of addressing his or her normal duties.
It is vitally important that we elect strong representatives who can work well with their colleagues, connect meaningfully with their constituents to understand local issues, and spend the time it takes to attend hearings and learn about the projects and concerns that come before the commission. We need commissioners who can conduct themselves diplomatically, diligently, and with integrity.
I believe Adam Roberts has done an outstanding job as both commissioner and chair during his first term, and I strongly urge all residents of ANC 5D03 to cast your vote for him on Nov. 8. I've seen very promising change on the commission over the past 20 months, and I look forward to more progress with the involvement of Mr. Roberts.