Marie Nahikian's campaign for the Democratic nomination for an at-large seat on the D.C. City Council has raised a total of $6,021, according to her Aug. 10 report to the Board of Elections and Ethics. A lower figure reported yesterday reflected contributions received during July.
Nine candidates whose views touch almost every point on the political compass are criss-crossing the city seeking the Democratic nomination for a single at-large seat on the D.C. City Council.
A few are well known, either as present or past officeholders or as civic activists. Some are appealing to neighborhood or special constituencies. All insist they have a chance to win in a campaign that has been over-shadowed by other races to be decided in the Sept. 12 primaries.
"It sometimes seems like we're lost between the mayor's race and the intense interest in local ward races," candidate Betty Ann Kane said recently. "When we go to forums, first they hear the candidates for mayor and council chairman. By the time they get to us, everybody is weary, and they sort of push us through."
If the attraction of campaign contributions is a guage, H.R. Crawford, a housing executive and former federal official, and Kane, a member of the D.C. School Board, are the front runners.
In his Aug. 10 report to the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics, Crawford listed $35,225 from a list of contributors that reads like a Who's Who of Washington's real estate and business community. He told a group of supporters Sunday that "the campaign is not in any trouble financially - the money is coming in."
Kane's report the same day listed receipts of $19,440, chiefly from small individual donors.
The next-highest recipient of contributions was Goldie Johnson, who listed $1,518, Marie Nahikian was next with $1,359.
For the most part, the candidates are depending largely upon name recognition, public appearances and pamphleteering - by hand and mail - with scant use of the broadcast media until recent days. Crawford and Kane both have begun using radio spots.
Nahikian has sought to boost name recognition with posters that contain nothing but her last name, repeated vertically 10 times in bold italic letters. She said it seems to be working.
Crawford, an assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development of Housing and Ford administrations, who voices conservative social views and often sounds like an evangelist for black price, has picked up broad support from organized labor as well as from business. He has been endorsed by the Metropolitan Washington Board of Trade.
Kane, who carried seven of the city's eight wards won 58 percent of the total vote in being reelected to the school board in 1975, has been endorsed by the liberal Americans for Democratic Action.
Nahikian is a civic activist identified with housing issues, efforts to curtail utility rates and to stablize neighborhoods. She is a member of the D.C. Rental Accommodations Commission.
The other candidates are:
Robert Brown, a teacher, who has stressed aid for the elderly and reducing the D.C. payroll.
Goldie Johnson, a beautician and president of the Metropolitan Police Wives Association, who has promised to maintain close contact with constituents.
Absalom F. Jordan Jr., a City Council employe closely associated with council member Douglas F. Moore, who has said he would step up attacks on racial discrimination in hiring and curb business influence on government.
JePhunneh (Jay) Lawrence, a lawyer who said he would press for delivery of adequate service throughout the city, including his own far Southeast area.
Lee S. Manor (pronounced Maynor), a teacher and taxicab driver, whose 25-point platform includes a local full-employment program.
Hector Rodriquez, a planner and administrator, who says he can provide "a creative balance (in the city government) between productivity . . . and justice and compassion."
Questions asked at-large candidates at various forums include subjects such as jobs, housing, education, economic development, legalized gambling, municipal finance including a commuter tax.
The range of subjects demonstrates, in fact, that the at-large council race is not turning on any single issue.To many of his rivals the candidacy of Crawford is really the dominant issue.
Rodriquez and Jordan portray him as a captive of business interests. Johnson says "he's been playing both sides of the fence." Nahikian views him as a manipulator, Kane asserts that, if elected, Crawford would be "a walking conflict of interest."
Crawford, for his part, has publicly asserted - without naming names - that some of his opponents are "idiots."
Although Crawford lists housing, economic development and other subjects in his campaign literature, he rarely mentions specific issues in his speeches.
That was the case Sunday night when, at a fund-raiser sponsored by a building security company at Temple Hills in Prince George's County, his talk stressed his campaign slogan: that he is the one who "gets the job done."
Kane, although she has issued numerous position papers on issues, is stressing two points in her campaign.
She says she is the only candidate who has held elective office in the city and understands its demands. She says she would strive as a council member to make the city government more efficient by "using the taxpayers' dollars more wisely" and by invoking the council's powers to monitor city operations more closely.
Kane's assertion that Crawford would be "a walking conflict of interest" is based, she said, on his interests in unmerous government-financed housing projects and the economic ties reflected by his list of campaign contributors.
Crawford denied it. "What I've done up to now is to conflict," he said "Alf we find anything I am doing (once elected) is in conflict with my duties, I would not waste a moment resolving the issues."
If elected, Crawford added, he would stop real estate development activities, but would continue to manage what he now has.
Crawford's contributions from real estate interests, reported in his Aug. 10 statement, include $100 from Nathan and Ruth Habib, $500 from John R. Pinckett, Inc., $500 from George and Ada DeFranceaux, 250 from Shannon & Luchs, $250 from the Braedon Companies, 1,000 from William Calomiris Investments, $250 from D. F. Antonelli Jr. and 1,000 from the political action arm of the Apartment and Office Building Association (AOBA).