Despite the uncertainty of congressional funding for the Advisory Neighborhood Commissions next year, the election of new ANC commissioners will take place as scheduled on Nov. 8. All 265 ANC seats will be up for election.
Anyone who wishes to run for ANC commissioner must pick up and return an official nominating petition, accoridng to thomas Simms, administerative officer of the D.C. Board of Elections.
Nominating petitions are available between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the D.C. Board of Elections office, Room 7, District Buidling, 14th and E Streets NW. Signed petitions must be returned to the same office by 5 p.m. next Friday, Sept. 9, Simms said.
An ANC commissioner is an unsalaried official who represents his or her neighborhood or community in dealings with the city government. The commissioner may advise the District government on social service programs, health, police protection, sanitation, recreation and other services for the benefit of the community.
ANC commissioners are unsalaried and serve for two years. Each commissioner represents about 2,000 people.
ANCs were established two years ago by Congress to serve as a forum on neighborhood government. In July, a subcommittee of the House District Committee voted to cut off approximately $1 million in funds for the ANCs after a District Government official gave the ANCs a lukewarm endorsement in hearings before the committee.
After the announcement of the proposed budget cut, the ANCs formed a group to lobby members of Congress and their staffs tog et the funds restored.
Both the House and Senate District committees are expected to vote on the proposed budget cut immediately to vote on the proposed budget cut immediately after the Labor Day recess next week.
In order to qualify for the ANC election, candiates must be registered D.C. voters who have lived within an area designated as a single member district (an area of approximately 2,000 persons) of an established ANC for 60 days before filing a nominating petition.
The candidate must hold no other elected office.
In addition, candidates must file a nominating petition signed by at least 25 registered D.C. voters who live within boundaries of his district.
As for campaign expenditures, there is no limitation. However, candidates may not accept more than $25 in contributions from individuals or organizations.
Every candidate must pick up a petition and only petitions distributed by the board of elections will be accepted. Candidates may file supplementary petitions containing more than the required 25 signatures. Individuals may sign more than one nominating petition.
Candidates may call the board of elections at 347-9725 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to find out in which single member district they reside or for further election information.
ANC commissioners will be sworn in during the first week of January, 1978.