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Statement by Patrick Parlej, ANC 6E05
Hi, I’m Patrick.
I’m running for the Mount Vernon Triangle Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) in 6E05. During this time of uncertainty in our national politics, we, as a community, have a critical role to play in ensuring that our voices and our values are heard at the local level. I want to be an advocate for you and our neighbors.
The core issues of my campaign are the environment, affordable housing, and DC statehood. We live in a rapidly expanding part of town, with new buildings and businesses constantly looking to move into our neighborhood. It’s important to have growth, and it’s also important to consider the ways these organizations affect the broader issues our community faces. As your ANC Commissioner, I would fight to ensure that businesses operating in our neighborhood are incorporating green, sustainable practices and that they are doing their part to make affordable housing available to people in our community. In addition, approximately 700,000 people live in DC, paying federal taxes, but don’t benefit from meaningful voting representation in Congress. This is an issue that we need to continue to raise at every level of government until all DC residents have equitable and fair representation at the federal level.
My goal is to build a strong relationship between the community and the ANC to ensure that our neighborhood’s voice is represented on the issues facing our city. To make meaningful progress on important local issues, we need a culture in which any resident feels empowered to get involved in community action and local government to express their thoughts and opinions. Please contact me and let’s work together to make a positive change in our neighborhood.