Candidates for chairman of the D.C. City Council were asked the following question by The Washington Post:
Tenure: List three things that would distinguish your tenure as council chairman from that of your two predecessors.
David (Dave) Clarke (D), 38, of 3320 17th St. NW, has represented Ward 1 on the City Council since 1975. A Howard University law school graduate, he directed the D.C. office of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. He is on the city Crime Commission and is active in the local NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the Washington Urban League.
Tenure: I bring to the council chairmanship eight years of legislative experience and skill that I acquired as chairman of the council's Judiciary Committee -- the committee that handles the largest number of major bills. I also bring a demonstrated commitment to addressing the problems of this city -- a commitment demonstrated by my record as the Ward 1 representative since 1975. Finally, I bring a promise of cooperation -- a promise I intend to fulfill by listening to and working closely with the members of the City Council and the mayor and the citizens of the District of Columbia.
Gregory Rowe (Statehood), 30, of 7721 16th St. NW, is a scientist and lab aide for Westinghouse Corp. A graduate of Howard University, he has served on the Mayor's Task Force Against Drugs in the D.C. Public Schools and on the Neighborhood Planning Council for Area 1. He has been active in the D.C. Statehood Party for 12 years.
Tenure: Before I answer this question, it should be understood that the economic climate at the beginning of my tenure in office is vastly different from what my predecessors faced. 1) My first priority will be to come to grips with the unacceptable level of unemployment in the District of Columbia. I will detail my proposals during the next month. 2) I will give full support to the educational needs of the children of our city as defined and documented by the School Board and the supeintendent of schools. 3) I will support and place the resources of the office of the City Council chairman behind the decision of the citizens of the District of Columbia to seek full independence through statehood.