22 Oct 2018

Election 2018:

ANC Candidate Statements: Anna Forgie, ANC 6D02

Photo courtesy of Anna Forgie

The Hill is Home is sharing the statements of ANC candidates in our general region. Although the main focus of our blog is Capitol Hill –served by ANCs 6A through 6C– we feel that a community is made stronger by the neighbors with whom we share a close geographical area. We are honored to share candidate statements from neighbors from Ivy City to Navy Yard, with minor style edits. To all of you who are running: Thank you. –Maria Helena Carey and Kate McFadden

6D02 is exceptional for our wonderfully diverse population, mix of single-family homes and high-rise apartment buildings, government offices and businesses, and recreation and performance facilities, all so close to spectacular waterways. But our greatest strength—our varied and diverse population—sometimes feels divided by, among other things, the major roadway (South Capitol Street) running through our neighborhood. I want to bridge that divide by fostering dialogue and community.

Too many residents have felt ignored for too long. In the almost 7 years I’ve lived in the area, I’ve met long-time residents and new transplants, many of whom share concerns about the changing neighborhood.We need to pursue creative, sustainable, mixed-use and mixed-income development that incorporates retail, affordable housing, and green space, while promoting best practices for changing traffic and parking patterns. Economic growth and development must be made accessible to all groups, regardless of income or demographic identification, and the ANC has to promote these opportunities for everyone’s benefit. I want to see community groups and residents from all areas involved in the changing neighborhood. I’m excited about the employment opportunities associated with various planned projects and want to see commitment to workforce development plans and regular job fairs. I would like to see more space and opportunity for kids arts education, more green space, and programs and events for our seniors.

As a former Peace Corps volunteer in El Salvador, where I taught music classes to kids, I believe in the power of music and arts education to nurture strong, confident students. Access to affordable childcare and pre-K education that incorporates music and arts is crucial for our growing community.

With the constant change and construction in the neighborhood come concerns about parking (both for residents and guests), increasing density and its implications for transportation, affordable housing, and disappearing green space. None of these issues has an easy, quick fix.

If I’m elected as the ANC Commissioner for 6D02, I will listen to your concerns, proactively seek out and disseminate information, and advocate on your behalf. I’m honored to have earned the endorsement of Greater Greater Washington. 6D02 needs a new, hardworking representative, and I am the right candidate to be your ANC Commissioner.

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