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Council Chairman
The chairman is the leader of the city’s legislative branch, the 13-member D.C. Council. Incumbent Linda W. Cropp was unopposed in her bid to win the Democratic nomination. In the general election, she will face Joseph Romanow, who was unopposed in the D.C. Statehood primary.


Rule Council Chairman

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


Linda Cropp*
Age: 50
Residence: Washington.
  Married: Yes.
Children: Two.
Education: BA, masters of education, Howard University.
  Linda Cropp*

Occupation/Employer: Chairman, D.C. Council.

Elected Offices and Civic Activities: Vice president and president, D.C. Board of Education; At-Large Member, D.C. Council; Girl Scouts of America, Junior Achievement, the Links, Babe Ruth Baseball League.

Why should voters elect you?
"After becoming chairman, I stated that the council must strengthen its role and work harder in an effort to protect 'We the people.' Under my leadership, the council has made tremendous progress toward this goal: balanced budgets for 1998 and 1999, halfway to the four consecutive balanced budgets required to end the role of the financial authority; approval of the president's revitalization plan, which saves over $5 billion to the District, improved public safety and movement toward better service delivery to citizens with a particular focus on public education reform."

What do you want voters to know about you?
"For 25 years, I have been a committed public servant. I am totally dedicated to the attainment of a city that works well for the citizens."

Web site: None.
Email: None.

Joseph Romanow
Age: 24
Residence: Washington.
  Married: No.
Children: None.
Education: BS, Georgetown University.
  Joseph Romanow

Occupation/Employer: Analyst, FaciliCom International, LLC.

Elected Offices and Civic Activities: Central Committee, D.C. Statehood Party.

Why should voters elect you?
"As D.C. Council chair, I would readjust District priorities toward the development of human assets-people, their families and their neighborhoods. This means putting education first, while still fostering community-economic development that puts people in charge of their own homes, businesses, neighborhoods and lives. All of these situations build upon and support one another and can result in a vibrant community. I can promise these changes will happen because I have the courage to stand up to the status quo and fight for them."

What do you want voters to know about you?
"I refuse to stand by while our elected officials let the poor and good working people suffer. This is unacceptable and I will fight to stop it."

Web site:

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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