It’s 33 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 Edward Ryder, ANC 6B07
My name is Edward Ryder, and I’m running for the ANC 6B07 Commissioner as a write-in candidate. While I’ve only lived in the 6B07 neighborhood for two years, I’ve lived in the D.C. area my entire life.
Moving to this neighborhood has been a life-changing experience – I love its historic charm and friendly residents. I look forward to this neighborhood being my home for many years to come! My professional background is in finance and accounting at creative marketing agencies. Thankfully, my current employer is in Capitol Hill, which is just short walk from my home.
I’m running for Commissioner, because I’m passionate about our neighborhood and want to ensure that it’s a great place to live for everyone. Here are a few issues that I care about:
- Public Transit
As a D.C. resident and cyclist, I’m passionate about local transportation. Not only do I use these transit systems daily, but I enjoy studying public transportation and urban planning. I believe that our systems could and should be more safe and efficient, and I want to be a part of the team that helps solves these issues. It’s very important to me that getting around D.C. is safe, timely, and easily accessible to all D.C. residents.
- Affordable Housing
With the rapidly increasing cost of living in D.C. and the dwindling inventory of public housing due to redevelopment, we need to make sure our long-time residents are not displaced. All neighborhood residents regardless of living situations should be engaged in neighborhood planning decisions and will have a voice when it comes to making major decisions. Over the coming weeks before the election, I want to hear from you and what issues matter the most to you and your family. Please feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.