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Council, Ward 1
Verteran incumbent Democrat Frank Smith Jr.was voted out of office by voters who said they were looking for more active leadership and vigilant oversight of government. Whitman-Walker Clinic director Jim Graham, who defeated him, now faces Nik Eames (Umoja), Mark Leventhal (Republican) and Scott McLarty (Green). For more on the smallest and most densely populated ward, see Ward 1 in Profile.

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Rule Council, Ward 1

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

Nik Eames
Umoja
Age: 26
Residence: Washington.
  Married: No.
Children: None.
Education: Senior in chemical engineering, Howard University.
  Nik Eames

Occupation/Employer: Student.

Elected Offices and Civic Activities: Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner (1B05); former treasurer, ANC 1B; tutor, Garnet-Patterson Middle School; volunteer coordinator for Heritage Hall, Clinton/Gore Presidential Inauguration; Million Man March, Student and Youth March.

Why should voters elect you?
"The voters should elect me, Nik Eames, for Ward 1 city council because I will provide effective, responsive and innovative leadership needed for the District's full recovery, focusing on improving education and city services. The future of the District depends largely on the healthy development of our youth. We must have schools that work and a comprehensive recreation program to shield our young people from crime while developing intangible skills needed in the work place and for productive lives."

What do you want voters to know about you?
"Let us change the status quo. The city needs new leadership that truly cares about the District."

Web site: None.
Email:
neames@howard.edu


Jim Graham
Democrat
Age: 53
Residence: Washington.
  Married: No.
Children: None.
Education: BA, Michigan State University; JD, Michigan Law School; LLM, Georgetown University Law Center.
  Jim Graham

Occupation/Employer: Executive director, Whitman-Walker Clinic.

Elected Offices and Civic Activities: Board of directors, D.C. Public Benefits Corp.; six years with Sen. Abraham Ribicoff (D-Conn.); law clerk, former chief justice Earl Warren.

Why should voters elect you?
"Constituent services are my number one priority. I'll work hard for better services that impact our everyday lives: trash removal, recycling, alley cleaning, rodent control, road repairs. I want more police on foot and bicycle patrols. Education is the gateway to a better life, so I'll work for the best schools. I know what good oversight should be, and I will demand full accountability on how our taxes are spent. My 14 years of service in the health community combines solid management skills with humanitarian dedication, all of which I'll put to work for the residents of this diverse ward."

What do you want voters to know about you?
"My parents were working people who lacked formal education. But they taught me to believe in God, work hard and help others."

Web site: grahamward1.com
Email: grahamwone@aol.com


Mark Leventhal
Republican
Age: 29
Residence: Washington.
  Married: No.
Children: None.
Education: JD, Temple Law School; BS, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
  Mark Leventhal

Occupation/Employer: Attorney, Associate, Bode and Beckman, L.L.P.

Elected Offices and Civic Activities: No answer provided.

Why should voters elect you?
"I will bring intelligent, aggressive leadership to the city council. Day one in office, I pledge to introduce and fight for legislation implementing Carol Schwartz's proposals to slash the city's sales tax rate from 5.75 percent to 4.5 percent and abolish all taxes on clothing and shoes that cost under $100. I will also introduce legislation cutting the personal income tax rate. In addition, I will see to it that basic city services are not cut, but rather are delivered more quickly and efficiently, and that police protection in Ward 1 is increased."

What do you want voters to know about you?
"I ask voters to look beyond party labels. I will work hard to ensure that Ward 1 is a better, safer place to live."

Web site: None.
Email:
leventhal@erols.com


Scott McLarty
Green
Age: 40
Residence: Washington.
  Married: No.
Children: None.
Education: B.A., Yale University; unfinished doctoral work, University of Cincinnati.
  Scott McLarty

Occupation/Employer: Office worker, Lend Lease Real Estate Investment; freelance writer on politics and the arts.

Elected Offices and Civic Activities: Steering committee, D.C. Green Party; Ralph Nader/Winona LaDuke Presidential Campaign Advisory Board; Economic Human Rights Campaign; Emergency Committee to Save Rent Control; Act Up; Labor Party; Washington Peace Center; Mount Pleasant temporary recycling pick-up; the campaign for universal (single-payer) health care; Third Parties 96.

Why should voters elect you?
"The District needs elected officials and a political party that accept no money from corporations. I will serve Ward 1 residents, not the Board of Trade, Chamber of Commerce, Federal City Council, major developers or suburban business interests. My priorities: transfer funding from costly development schemes and handouts (convention center, strip malls, private prison, etc.) to human needs: public education, clean and safe Ward 1 neighborhoods, affordable housing, universal health care, democratic representation and statehood, 'sunshine' laws enforcing government accountability, no privatization of public resources. Tough love for the rich, not the poor and middle class. Children come first!"

What do you want voters to know about you?
"I am running as a Green Party candidate, and running to win. Greens across the country are challenging government priorities and expanding the public debate."

Web site: www.dcgreenparty.org
Email: scottmclarty@yahoo.com




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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