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Board of Education, At Large
The D.C. Board of Education consists of 11 members who serve four-year terms. The board was stripped of most of its powers in 1996, when oversight of the city's public schools was put in the hands of trustees. The panel functions as an advisory group, but is slated to regain its full powers in June 2000.

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Rule Board of Education, At Large

Incumbents' names are marked with asterisks. Web site and email addresses appear in the form in which they were submitted by the candidates.

THE CANDIDATES

Robert (Bob) Artisst*
Nonpartisan
Age: 64
Residence: Washington.
  Married: Divorced.
Children: Three.
Education: D.C. public schools; BA, MA, Howard University; MA, Federal City College; PhD, George Washington Un
  Robert (Bob) Artisst*

Occupation/Employer: Retired; 27 years in higher education as assistant professor at University of the District of Columbia, part-time teacher at Marymount University; tutor; education consultant.

Elected Offices and Civic Activities: Former ANC commissioner and chair, 18 years; civic president, Brookland, 20 years; volunteer tutor (reading and writing); superintendent, former advisory board, two-term commissioner, Human Rights; 20 years with a DC civic association.

Why should voters elect you?
"Bob Artisst has a proven record of being a community activist, a retired professor and administrator throughout the city. Holding such offices as D.C. State Committee member; a member of various educational organizations, such as a charter member of the National Education Association, a member of the Tutorial Program in the District of Columbia and an honorary member of the Phi Delta Kappa education fraternity. Bob's vision in taking on the assignment and responsibility of school board at-large member would be to create a citywide improvement drive to better the District of Columbia's school children's SAT scores in addition to making sure that all D.C. schools receive annual maintenance, and provisions for safety and security."

What do you want voters to know about you?
"In the fall of 1996 school closings swept the city. Attempts were made to shut down schools in Ward 5. But Bob Artisst was in the forefront of mobilizing support with parents and the school board members to keep District schools open."

Web site: None.
Email: None.


Ernest (Ernie) Brooks
Nonpartisan
Age: 41
Residence: Washington.
  Married: No.
Children: Two.
Education: D.C. public schools, some military college courses.
  Ernest (Ernie) Brooks

Occupation/Employer: Chairman of a financial institution and a LLP for a technology firm.

Elected Offices and Civic Activities: Co-chair, Ernie Brooks D.C. Coalition for Change; National Security Director, Fighting 54th; board member, Children Rights Counsel; board member, Shepherding Mentorship Program; member, Fraternal Order of Police; member, American Legion; member, UGSOA local #80.

Why should voters elect you?
"Ernie Brooks' 'Plan for Reform and Revitalization for D.C. Public Schools' has 10 steps: reduce classroom size for all grade levels; raise public school teachers' salaries equal to private industry; support Superintendent Ackerman in reform procedures; implement recertification and computer literacy testing for D.C. public school teachers; restore accountability of students and teachers by using a fast-track computer software program; introduce an educational task force utilizing ANCs across the city to monitor school systems problems and make recommendation to the board (this will be a paid position for ANCs); introduce new laws for drug traffic within a school zone; utilize all grand funding for technology; development of a partnership and adoption program; provide enrichment programs, including tutor/mentor programs and before- and after-school programs.

What do you want voters to know about you?
"Ernie Brooks is a native Washingtonian, educated in the D.C. public school system, and a Gulf War veteran who believes in training and education as his first priority."

Web site: www.protocol1.com
Email: ehbrooks@erols.com


Gerry Counihan
Nonpartisan
Age: 35
Residence: Washington.
  Married: No.
Children: None.
Education: BA Theology, Franciscan University; certificate, legislative affairs, George Washington University.
  Gerry Counihan

Occupation/Employer: Tour guide, U.S. Capitol Guide Service.

Elected Offices and Civic Activities: ANC Commissioner; chair, Library and Youth Services; Toastmasters International; Retired Senior Volunteer Program; Community Advisory Council, J.B. Johnson Nursing Center.

Why should voters elect you?
"I have leadership skills and community knowledge to institute a practical, dynamic revival of the D.C. schools, building bridges between schools, parents, businesses and Congress. Our children deserve every opportunity to enrich their learning. We need to eliminate regulations that prevent increased volunteering in schools; prevent red-tape from keeping our teachers from teaching; recruit professionals to serve as certified teachers; increase interaction with parents as partners in their kids' education; expand enrichment programs; and ensure well-maintained, safe environments for learning. I will work with others to ensure the high standards and effective education for our city's students.

What do you want voters to know about you?
"I am confident that I will bring the same tenacity and dedication to improving our schools as I have brought to all of my previous endeavors."

Web site: None.
Email: None.


Mary E. Cox
Nonpartisan
Age: 57
Residence: Washington.
  Married: Divorced.
Children: One.
Education: BA, Social Science; MA, Student Personnel, Guidance and Counseling; JD.
  Mary E. Cox

Occupation/Employer: Lawyer, Blair & Lee law firm.

Elected Offices and Civic Activities: Virginia state coordinator for Jesse Jackson Campaign 1988; volunteer, Close-Up Foundation (National Student Program); board member, Richmond Community High School; board member, Richmond Chamber of Commerce; board member, Richmond United Way.

Why should voters elect you?
"If elected to the D.C. School Board, I will enthusiastically work to ensure that every student receives a quality education. Our children are jewels and deserve our undivided attention. We can no longer make and accept excuses about the condition of the school system. First, we must bring discipline and order into the schools. Next, we must incorporate all the facets of social services along with an academic program to meet the needs of all the students including the troubled and neglected. Finally, there must be a volunteer program for parents and a limited number of charter and other nontraditional schools."

What do you want voters to know about you?
"I am an activist attorney, appointed by the courts to represent juveniles. I will be as relentless as an advocate for the rights of students."

Web site: None.
Email:
SMpen@aol.com


Gail Dixon
Nonpartisan
Age: 51
Residence: Washington.
  Married: No.
Children: One.
Education: Now completing BA at American University.
  Gail Dixon

Occupation/Employer: House manager, University of the District of Columbia Auditorium; freelance special-events coordinator.

Elected Offices and Civic Activities: Vice chair, D.C. Statehood Party; founding chair, D.C. Arts Education Foundation; active in UDC Advocates Plus, Friends of Carter Barron, WPFW-Pacifica Radio, District Curators, Friends of Fillmore, D.C. Congress of Parent Teacher Organizations, Brookland Empowering Neighborhood People Project, and other community, arts and education organizations.

Why should voters elect you?
"Even in bad times, we have always had some excellent public schools in Washington. As a parent and citizen activist, I know why: Parents, teachers, and communities-working hard and working together-create and sustain fine schools. We must face today's challenges the same way. I have a long and proven record of bringing people together to accomplish goals. As an at-large member of the Board of Education, I will make it my job to elicit and marshal all our resources-especially our individual skills-to benefit our schools. Vote for me and work beside me for our children."

What do you want voters to know about you?
"My daughter received a fine education at Janney, Deal and Walls. I have been community liaison for Ellington. So I know that our schools can excel."

Web site: None.
Email: None.


Harold C. Hunter Jr.
Nonpartisan
Age: 34
Residence: Washington.
  Married: No.
Children: None.
Education: BA, political science; certificate from Charles Hamilton Houston Pre-Law Institute.
  Harold C. Hunter Jr.

Occupation/Employer: Substitute teacher, D.C. public schools.

Elected Offices and Civic Activities: President, Political Science Student Organization (our organization was responsible for designing a course entitled 'International and Regional Assemblies'); deputy youth minister, Provisional Government of the Republic of New Africa (counselor, mentorship, supporter and fighter for political prisoners); served on United States President Inauguration Committee.

Why should voters elect you?
"I would first like to take the time to thank the citizens of Washington for signing my petition which will place me on the ballot Nov. 3 as a candidate for the District of Columbia's at-large member of the Board of Education election. I am capable to listen to concerns students/parents may have. In most cases from 3 to 6 p.m. the student is left at home with one guardian. In other cases, that one guardian is working from 3 to 6 p.m. I attribute study habits as the key to a successful education."

What do you want voters to know about you?
"Respect yourself! Respect others! You will never go wrong in life. As President John F. Kennedy stated, "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."

Web site: None.
Email: None.


George Pope
Nonpartisan
Age: 49
Residence: Washington.
  Married: Divorced.
Children: Two.
Education: BS, Business Administration.
  George Pope

Occupation/Employer: Vice President, Marketing Paragon Asset Management Company.

Elected Offices and Civic Activities: I am chairman of D.C. Coalition to Save Our Schools; vice chairman of the Friends of Carter Barron Foundation; executive director of the Justice, Education and Democracy PAC; William Wirth Middle School PTA; Dillard Elementary Advisory Team.

Why should voters elect you?
"I believe my over 20 years of experience in various educational systems gives me an advantage. These locations are: Virginia, Washington, D.C., Prince George's County, Maryland, and Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Some of my accomplishments have included organizing parents to be more active in their child's educational experience. In addition, I have provided leadership, recommendations and solutions to problems that hampered the educational process. As a result, I believe I have the ability to transform this school system into the best one in the nation. It is important that we provide educational opportunities for parents, child care for anyone who desires an education.

What do you want voters to know about you?
"I have worked to develop ways to improve faulty educational systems. I have reviewed systems that have worked and interviewed the administrators behind them."

Web site: None.
Email: None.


Darryl Ross
Nonpartisan
Age: 39
Residence: Washington.
  Married: No.
Children: None.
Education: BA, Catholic University.
  Darryl Ross

Occupation/Employer: Auditor, U.S. Department of Energy.

Elected Offices and Civic Activities: President, Xenia Condominium Association; member, Association of D.C. Condominium Boards.

Why should voters elect you?
"I possess the skills that are necessary to analyze school spending and to formulate effective school policy. These skills were developed from 16 years of education in parochial schools and working for 16 years as an accountant and auditor for the federal government and in private industry."

What do you want voters to know about you?
"I will work for increasing teacher salaries, raising the standards of academic performance and reducing the cost of school system administration.

Web site: None.
Email: None.




The Voters' Guide was compiled from staff reporting and information provided by the candidates in response to questionnaires from The Washington Post. Each candidate was asked to provide biographical information, a photograph and a brief statement about why the voters should elect him or her. Candidates' responses were edited for length and style.

© Copyright 1998 The Washington Post Company

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