Candidates for the D.C. Council were asked the following questions by The Washington Post:
Problem: What is the most pressing problem facing residents of your ward, and what would you do as a member of the D.C. Council to solve it?
Qualifications: What is the most important reason you should be elected instead of one of your opponents?
W. Ronald Evans (R), 44, of 2646 10th St. NE, is president, broker and auctioneer of Progressive Properties Realty Corp. During more than 20 years of business management, accounting and consulting in government and the private sector, he has served on the boards of many development corporations and business groups.
Problem: The need in Ward 5 is economic development. My recommendations are the following: First, adopt the principles of "broadened capital ownership" of appropriate high technology and light industries as a basic tenet of economic development in Ward 5 and D.C.; and second, study the findings and implement the recommendations of the 1974 City Council Commission Report on Industrial and Commercial Development in D.C.: 1) D.C. needs economic development; 2) D.C. has a substantial problem of un/underemployment; 3) the D.C. tax base is not growing fast enough and the federal payment cannot fill the gap; 4) D.C. lags far behind neighboring counties in organized efforts to promote economic development; 5) a special case for Ward 5 -- commercial and industrial development is virtually non-existent where it is most needed and can be developed without displacement; 6) commercial and industrial development in urban renewal areas is deplorable; 7) loss of neighborhood services and retail facilities has become an extremely serious problem; and 8) need to stimulate minority enterprise citywide. The greatest challenge to economic development in D.C. are the real estate challenges -- creating the conditions under which fresh capital can acquire properties and make improvements in which entrepreneurs can successfully meet market demands. A light industrial park, geared to the needs of D.C. workers, should be established in the New York Avenue corridor.
Qualifications: Ron Evans believes in the principles of economic justice which set all preconditions in building the invisible structures of a truly just society and restoring real power to the people, requiring that: (a) all persons have equal opportunity to participate in production through labor and capital ownership; (b) all persons are entitled to the rewards of production, both from labor and capital owernship; and (c) limiting capital ownership to a few produces monopoly and greed. Ron Evans believes in People Power for the residents of Ward 5. We cannot build character and courage by taking away a person's initiative and independence. During this decade of the '80s, Ward 5 will become one of the most populous areas our of our Capitol -- Capital City. It could become one of the most powerful. We can not help people by doing for them what they can and should do for themselves. Self-help and self interests are the hallmarks of the American spirit. Ward 5 can solve all of its social problems without controls imposed by big government. We can not begin to face these issues until we ourselves take the responsibility for the lives of all of the citizens of the ward. We cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift or help the wage earner by pulling down the one who produces the wages. Bladensburg Road, Rhode Island Avenue, Michigan Avenue, 12th St and, more importantly, New York Avenue have great potential to produce jobs and revenues for the people of our community and eliminate the other ills that follow un/underemployment. Ron Evans' background and experience is appropriate and imperative for the necessary change. He has more than 20 years of extensive business management, accounting and consulting experience. He has been involved in organizations as a leader, in corporations as an executive, in managment as an owner and in government, commercial and congressional activities as liaison. He is president of the Georgia Avenue Corp. and vice chairman of the National Business League. He has been president of the D.C. Chamber of Commerce, the Washington Real Estate Brokers Association and his church board.