Alan Chargin has contributed small business profiles for TheHillIsHome.com this year, and today he shares with us his intention to run for ANC and information about the office itself.
I am excited to announce I’m running for Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner (ANC)!
If you are not familiar with the ANC, it is a well-organized way for the Mayor and the City Council to receive neighbors’ opinions and concerns about the latest happenings in the community. True, anyone can call the Mayor’s office or their Councilmember at anytime with any concern. But if your ANC Representative is active in your part of the neighborhood, keeps people informed, and gathers neighbor feedback, the ANC structure can make it easier for DC government leaders to hear that feedback and guide their policy decisions accordingly.
I have lived on Capitol Hill for 5 years, worked for a Member of Congress, managed a Capitol Hill restaurant and now work for a local real estate company. I’ve been inspired by the ANC Commissioners I have encountered during my time on the Hill and I have been encouraged by the level of activism and engagement in our part of the city. Being a part of such an active community has led me to jump right in. From organizing a running club to neighborhood trash clean up initiatives I’ve enjoyed getting to know and working alongside my neighbors.
If elected, I look forward to following the example of the leaders before me. Hard work and local engagement are key to ensure neighbors’ interests are protected and opinions are heard.
Do you know in which ANC Single Member District (SMD) you live or who your ANC Commissioner is?
Have you ever considered running for ANC yourself?
If so, it’s not too late. You must pick up a petition from the Board of Elections and then return it by Wednesday, August 8th with 25 signatures from registered voters within your single member district boundaries.
CLICK HERE to see the map of your neighborhood’s boundaries, also referred to as a Single Member District (SMD), to see which one you are in.
To see who, or if anyone, has filed their petition to be on the ballot in November, CLICK HERE.
If no one from your SMD has picked up or filed a petition, it means the seat could go vacant. I encourage you to consider running if this is the case. This could be an excellent opportunity to learn about the issues facing your community and play a small but vital role in addressing them.
If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below, or you can reach me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.