It’s 60 days until election day and most of you have probably made up your minds about whom you will vote in the general election. However, when it comes to local elections, most people have no idea how their District, Ward or advisory neighborhood commissions are divided or affect them. Local outlets such as Greater Greater Washington do a good job of bringing hyperlocal politics news, and reasons why you should run for these nonpartisan offices. OpenANC allows you to learn more about your own single-member district, so you know the names of the people in the race. As is now a tradition, The Hill is Home is publishing candidate statements in the order in which we’ve received them, so you know a little more about the people running and don’t go into the voting booth (or mail-in ballot) blind. –Maria Helena Carey
Statement by Keya Chatterjee, ANC 6A01
Hi Neighbors! My name is Keya Chatterjee and I’m a candidate to represent the single member district 6A01 on the Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC). I’m running for this position because I love our neighborhood. I want to work for you. I’ll be an accessible and proactive advocate who fights every day to make our community a great place to live for everyone
For the past 6 years my day job has been running a non-profit focused on climate justice advocacy that puts racial justice at the heart of our work. In that role I manage a $2.5 million dollar budget, eight staff, and a network of ~180 organizations.
I am a mom and grassroots organizer at heart. In our neighborhood, I have co-founded two groups for activism: Safe Streets for Hill East and Near Northeast and Arm in Arm DC. Through that work, we have gotten DDOT to take action on a number of projects that were flailing without our activism. I am an experienced, effective organizer and advocate. I have relationships with many small business owners in our district, who are struggling right now and need rent relief and outdoor space to operate. I know how to champion resources and people. I know how to work with communities, policymakers, and businesses leaders to accomplish shared goals and make change for our community.
You may have seen my husband, son and I walking our dog, Asher each morning around the district, or in the ‘before times’ walking to school along Florida Ave NE or G St NE. We love meeting our neighbors outside and safely even during this global pandemic. Since it is hard to talk in person right now, I put out this neighborhood survey to find out what your top issues are. I’ve heard from some of you already that you want pressure on the city to fix the 311 app, to have a plan for mosquito and rat remediation, to slow down drivers coming through our neighborhood, and to make H St and Florida Ave NE crossable by kids and elders. I am committed to using input and advice to shape decisions and champion campaigns in our endeavor to build a thriving, diverse, and inclusive community. Our ANC deserves someone who is connected to community, believes in activism, equity, and justice, and listens to the concerns and priorities of our neighborhood. You can find my platform and get updates for my campaign by signing up at www.keyachatterjeeforanc6a01.com!