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Board of Education, District 2
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, District 2

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

Ray Avrutis
Nonpartisan
Age: 50
Residence: Washington.
  Married: No.
Children: None.
Education: BA, American University; MA, New York University; MPA and MS, University of the District of Columbia
  Ray Avrutis

Occupation/Employer: Self-employed author.

Elected Offices and Civic Activities: I was elected a junior class senator and senior class president at American University.

Why should voters elect you?
"Finding the cure for cancer or other dread diseases may be in the academic potential of a D.C. public school student. But without modern science textbooks, this child will not be able to fulfill his or her promise. I will use my research and writing skills to be an outstanding children's representative. I can recall vividly being an underdog when I was growing up. Despite mental illness, I have completed three master's degree programs and co-authored a unique book recently out of print: "How to Maximize Your Unemployment Benefits: Complete Information for All 50 States."

What do you want voters to know about you?
"I am a native Washingtonian who would be a committed advocate for equality of opportunity for all students, including the disabled."

Web site: None.
Email: None.


David S. Brewer
Nonpartisan
Age: 35
Residence: Washington.
  Married: No.
Children: None.
Education: Graduate, D.C. public schools; BS, St. Augustine's College; graduate studies, University of District of Columbia
  David S. Brewer

Occupation/Employer: Senior contract analyst; independent consultant.

Elected Offices and Civic Activities: Current vice president, S.W. Community House, Inc.; former president, Southwest Neighborhood Assembly Inc.; former president, Wiley Branton Community Development Corp.; mediator, D.C. Superior Courts; mentor, Clean and Pure Kids Inc.; Equal Employment Opportunity counselor.

Why should voters elect you?
"I demand that all schools have physical facilities that are safe, healthy and conducive to learning. I strongly urge that school authorities enforce the right of every child to be in a classroom that is conducive to the learning process. I support school-based management, before- and after-school programs, parental involvement workshops, reduction of class size by 20 percent and zero tolerance for crime or violence. I am for holding D.C. public schools personnel accountable for their actions. I am for a moratorium on new charter schools in the District of Columbia until a mechanism is in place to evaluate their effectiveness and efficiency."

What do you want voters to know about you?
"I am committed to serving the children of the Ward 2 and demanding the best education to prepare them for the new millennium."

Web site: None.
Email: None.


Westy Byrd
Nonpartisan
Age: 42
Residence: Washington.
  Married: No.
Children: Two.
Education: BA, New School for Social Research, New York.
  Westy Byrd

Occupation/Employer: Stockbroker, Account Executives, Wheat First Securities.

Elected Offices and Civic Activities: ANC Commissioner, served as chairman and vice chairman, led on protecting citizens from proposed Georgetown power plant and co-led on protecting residential neighborhood from fast-food chain; trustee, Foundation for the Preservation of Historic Georgetown; coach, Northwest Little League; coordinator, Volta Park Summer Camp.

Why should voters elect you?
"I have a child in the D.C. public schools and a record of getting things done. I will visit one school in Ward 2 daily, listening to teachers and parents and working with the superintendent to solve problems; work to put the money back in the classroom; raise salaries to attract and keep the best teachers; reduce class size and develop academic standards for each grade level. A Ward 2 resident who knows my record says 'If Westy does for the schools what she did for the neighborhood, they will be a better place.'"

What do you want voters to know about you?
"I spent 15 years working with residents for a livable neighborhood, e.g., more residential parking by uncovering the illegal sale of Zone 2 parking stickers."

Web site: None.
Email: None.


George E. Holmes
Nonpartisan
Age: 35
Residence: Washington.
  Married: No.
Children: No answer provided.
Education: Doctoral candidate and Masters of Divinity, Howard University; MA and BA, Southern University.
  George E. Holmes

Occupation/Employer: Teacher, D.C. public schools; minister, McKendree United Methodist Church.

Elected Offices and Civic Activities: Selected by major national magazine as one of the top 30 young leaders in America; elected chairperson, ANC-2D; representative of the University-wide Appropriation Board and Financial Aid Committee, Howard University.

Why should voters elect you?
"Because I believe in building the bridges of today for a vision of tomorrow by: fostering the collaboration of teachers, administrators, parents and neighbors with the school board; accessing the volunteer spirit from area university students and implement tutorial/mentorship programs; providing educational materials to ensure increased passage of standardized tests; increasing after-school programs for latchkey children; monitoring school attendance policy to prevent dropouts; beautifying or renovating existing schools; providing career counseling from the seventh grade; expanding vocational educational programs (i.e. carpentry, mechanics, etc.); establishing male mentoring programs by soliciting professionals and community-based organizations; and increasing security."

What do you want voters to know about you?
"I am a God-fearing man who has devoted his life's talents and abilities to improving the economic and social conditioning of neighborhood and schools."

Web site: None.
Email: None.


Deering "Tip" Kendrick II
Nonpartisan
Age: 30
Residence: Washington.
  Married: No.
Children: None.
Education: Attended Howard University School of Business and Public Administration.
  Deering

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

Elected Offices and Civic Activities: Member, D.C. Preservation League's Landmarks Committee; chair, Mary Church Terrell House Task Force; member, Walker-Jones Elementary School Parent Teachers Association; President, Mount Vernon Square Neighborhood Association.

Why should voters elect you?
"I will work to ensure that the D.C. public school system is centered on the students' area of career interest. I plan to create public-private partnerships between the junior and senior high schools and the stakeholder institutions in Washington, i.e., associations, universities and corporations. Each junior and senior high school will have an informal working group composed of persons representing the Parent Teacher Student Association, the professional associations, university department heads and community residents. These working groups will create the curriculum and programs for the school based on what the community has determined the school's subject area to be.What would you like voters to know about you?

What do you want voters to know about you?
"As a citizen of Washington, I know all too well how the local government fails to deliver services to improve the quality of life in the city."

Web site: None.
Email: None.


Malcolm Lovell
Nonpartisan
Age: 77
Residence: Washington.
  Married: Yes.
Children: Four.
Education: MBA, Harvard University; IA, Brown University.
  Malcolm Lovell

Occupation/Employer: President and CEO, National Policy Association.

Elected Offices and Civic Activities: Visiting professor, George Washington University School of Government and Business Administration; visiting scholar, Brookings Institution; under secretary, U.S. Department of Labor; chair, 1978 D.C. Mayor Transition Team on Human Services; assistant secretary of Labor for Manpower; director, Michigan Employment Security Commission; Birmingham, Mich., Board of Education.

Why should voters elect you?
"My experience in bringing high-level officials in business, labor and government together to define and resolve commonly shared problems can play a valuable role in making the District school board an effective body capable of overseeing our educational programs. The time is ripe for thoughtful and cooperative efforts to replace strongly held personal views in the governance of our educational system. My considerable experience in business, government and academia makes me uniquely qualified to play an important role in providing a better future for the children of the District of Columbia."

What do you want voters to know about you?
"I am committed to working with all segments of our community to find solutions to the challenges facing our schools now and in the future."

Web site: None.
Email:
mrl@npal.org




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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