Unspun: D.C. Council Member Mary M. Cheh

(Bill O'Leary)
Sunday, October 25, 2009

Name: Mary M. Cheh

Age: 59

Home: Washington

Occupation: D.C. Council member, George Washington University Law School professor

If you had all the money in the world, what would you buy?

I'd buy the best health care for everybody around the world . . . the best education and then the best protection for animals and wildlife.

Which issue do you care about the most?

Probably the environment . . . I think everything will depend on us saving this planet. I think everyone's beginning to understand that we have to change the way we live if we're going to sustain the lifestyle that we have. In the District we have the highest rate of childhood asthma and high cancer rates that are directly tied to our environment. To me it's foundational, to make sure that the environment is healthy, clean and people have the ability to afford to live in a healthful way.

BlackBerry or iPhone?

Both. I use the BlackBerry for council business. The iPhone is for personal time. Sometimes my council business migrates to the personal phone but never the other way.

The best advice you ever got?

Don't say yes right away, and to wait, think about things more.

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