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U.S. Representative
While the District does not have a voting representative in Congress, its residents elect an unofficial, or shadow, representative to serve for a two-year term. The representative is an advocate for District statehood. Sabrina Sojourner is the incumbent, but she is not seeking reelection.


Rule U.S. Representative

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


Tom Bryant Jr.
Age: 34
Residence: Washington.
  Married: Yes.
Children: None.
Education: BA, Johns Hopkins University.
  Tom Bryant Jr.

Occupation/Employer: Nonprofit fund-raiser; consultant, The Bryant Consulting Group.

Elected Offices and Civic Activities: No answer provided.

Why should voters elect you?
"As someone who has lived in D.C. since early childhood, I have experienced firsthand the disadvantages that come with a lack of voting representation in Congress. In my first campaign for public office, my first priority is to deliver to District residents full voting representation in Congress. I believe it is fundamentally unfair that we District residents do not have an elected official in Congress who can give voice to our concerns. We deserve the same basic rights as other U.S. citizens. We cannot leave our fates in the hands of other states' elected officials."

What do you want voters to know about you?
"My volunteer experience has taught me a lot about D.C. concerns. I am a member of DC Cares and the board for my high school."

Web site: None.

Mike Livingston
Age: 27
Residence: Washington, D.C.
  Married: No.
Children: None.
Education: B.A., Political Science and Peace Studies.
  Mike Livingston

Occupation/Employer: Freelance writer/editor.

Elected Offices and Civic Activities: Founding Member, Economic Human Rights Coalition; Board of Directors, Citizens Planning Coalition; Council of Governments Quality of Life Task Force; Editor, Green Calendar for the Metro D.C. Environmental Network; Communities Director, 1997 Amazing Grace Awards for Community Service Leadership; Shawfest '96 planning committee; Draft Nader for President Clearinghouse, 1996.

Why should voters elect you?
“I’m tired of living in a colony and being treated like a second-class citizen of the U.S. on account of where I live. We are governed by an unelected board accountable only to Congress in which we have no voting voice; we are governed by other people’s Senators and Representatives; we are governed by people who have no political incentive to meet our needs and protect our interests. Would I be a more worthy American if I crossed Eastern Avenue of the Potomac? Please give me a mandate to demand social, economic, environmental and political justice for the District.”

What do you want voters to know about you?
“My career is environmental and social justice advocacy and community service—I’m not a professional politician. I ride Metro, pay rent and lack health insurances.”

Web site:

David Van Williams

Did not respond to the questionnaire.

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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