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Linda Cropp

Office Sought: D.C. Mayor
Age: 58
Residence: Crestwood.
Education: BA, government, MA, guidance and counseling, Howard University.
Occupation: Chairman, D.C. Council.
Web site: www.lindacroppformayor.com
E-mail address: info@lindacroppformayor.com

Elected offices/civic activities:
Chairman, D.C. Council,1997-present; at-large member, D.C. Council, 1991-1995; president, D.C. Board of Education, 1988-89; member, D.C. Board of Education, 1981-90; board member, Travelers Aid Society, Girl Scouts Council of the Nation's Capital, Junior Achievement; member, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Links Inc., NAACP, Rock Creek Civic Association; past member, United Negro College Fund Advisory Board.

Why should voters elect you?
"I will make government work and be a force for change so progress and opportunity touches all of us."

What do you think is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction?
"Government must be more responsive and effective. I will drive a cultural change within government to fix broken systems, raise the standards for quality service and demand accountability from top to bottom. As a leader in the city's rebirth, I know it takes hands-on leadership and vision to make change. I will assemble the best talent inside and outside government and tackle critical problems —— like leading a movement to dramatically improve our public schools —— with a sense of urgency. Making government work better is essential to building on our progress so that it touches all neighborhoods."

Crime
"As mayor, I will put the police in the neighborhoods where they belong and focus on community policing that works. I will engage residents to build a cooperative relationship with the police to help keep their communities safer. I will give police officers the support and the tools they need to do their jobs. And I will expand programs to fight juvenile crime.

"We must take a comprehensive approach to law enforcement, using long-term and short-term strategies that focus both on prevention and enforcement. I recognize that in order to prevent crime, we need to take a comprehensive approach that includes education, job opportunities and effective substance-abuse treatment programs."

How would you maintain affordable housing for lower-income and working-class residents during a time of gentrification?
"I will work to maintain housing options to keep people of all income levels in the District. I have a track record of working with community groups, developers and city agencies to address our need for affordable housing.

"As mayor, I will demand a one-to-one match that requires developers to replace any unit of affordable housing reduced through new development. I will support inclusionary zoning, to encourage mixed-use development that includes low-income and middle-income housing -- as they have successfully done in Montgomery County. I will create a credit enhancement fund for teachers, police officers, firefighters, nurses and health-care employees to assist them in quickly securing an affordable home in the District."

A federal court monitor says the District has shown a "pattern of neglect" toward mentally retarded citizens in its care. What are your plans for improving their care?
"My plans for improving the quality of care provided to our citizens with mental retardation and developmental disabilities will emphasize establishing a system of accountability and providing training to internal and provider staff.

"First, I will conduct a management, programmatic and financial review of the agency. In addition, I will develop corrective action to address existing deficiencies and areas of potential concern.

"I will ensure that the employees, providers, clients, and their families understood what should be expected of MRDDA and their roles in ensuring those expectations are met. Finally, I would seek to redirect funding as necessary to accomplish these goals."

Should the city build a new central library on the site of the old convention center or rehabilitate the current Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library?
"While I understand the importance of renovating or building a new central library, the renovation of our neighborhood libraries is more important to me. Whichever downtown library proposal moves forward must leverage the dollars necessary to support neighborhood library renovations.

"I support using the building and substantial site of the old Carnegie Library at Mount Vernon Square for a new MLK central library if it makes economic sense. I would support a new central library on the old convention center site only if the air rights above it (or space below it) can be used to generate revenue from economic development."

-- The Washington Post

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