Candidates were asked:
City services: Are city services being adequately delivered? If so, what additional services do you think the city should offer its residents? If you believe services are inadequate, which services are most in need of improvement and what would you do to make them better?
Projects: Can you identify three specific projects you would undertake as a member of the City Council during the next session which, at the end of your term, would offer clearly visible evidence of a change in the city?
Jackson R. Champion, 55, of 607 Fourth St. SW, is a Republican. He is currently a publisher and has been a member of the Board of Vocation Education of the District.
City Services: No. reorganization of all city departments, especially in the Department of Human Resources. To maintain better record keeping. To be at the disposal of taxpayers at all times.
Projects: Referendum on legalized gambling, municipally owned parking, enforcing minority contract bill, enforcement of the federal Executive Order 11246 and Executive Order 11625.
Warren A. Hemphill Sr., 42, of 2207 31st Place SE, is an Independent. He is employed by the District government.
City services: While some city services are adequately delivered, it appears that some city services that affect large numbers of residents are not. When I look at the hastle that occurs each year, for instance, in the revenue-raising automobile tag purchase, I know that this hassle can be eliminated by proper planning and creative thinking. Other simple services such as birth and death certificate acquisition involves long and unnecessary delays.
As a minister and parole officer, I am in a position to know firsthand about the quality of delivery of social services, training and employment programs, mental and health programs and drug and counseling programs. Services delivery in all of these categories is in need of improvement. A careful analysis of the whole approach to delivery of city services is very much indeed, followed by creative and innovative action by the D.C. executive branch and the City Council. I will work within the framework of a councilperson to improve these services.
My legislative interest in this regard is in the area of mental health care and psychological counseling for the poor and the ex-offender who are suffering from other problems in addition to suffering from emotional and pyschological problems.
Projects: I will work with the committee that rewrites the D.C. criminal code. I will introduce creative legislation, based on years of experience and training that will effectively combat the problems of crime and drugs. The supporting services of the D.C. courts, the D.C. police, the D.C. probation division, the D.C. parole division and the D.C. corrections department need adequate funds to carry out an effective mission. An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. In addition, I will work to ensure that the rights of the accused are not abused.
I will actively work with other countcilpersons and the school board to provide the necessary funds to educate our children. I will seek to have included in the school curriculum a course of study detailing the political process in D.C. elections. I will introduce legislation that will provide the support services for our public schools (health services, safety and counseling), so the teacher can teach and the student can learn. I will be very visible and active in support of the school board's bettering our public education.
I will make myself a committee of one serving as diplomat to bring different races, ethnic groups, special interest groups, business groups, unions and church groups together and work toward making the city a better place in which to live.
I will establish a good rapport with members of other area legislative bodies in order to share experiences in approaches to similar problems.
As a councilperson, I will be distinguished as a hard worker, a good legislator, a diplomat, a researcher and one who gets the job done.
Betty Ann Kane, 37, of 118 Fifth St. NE, is a Democrat. She is a development officer at the Museum of African Art and has reserved on the D.C. school board since 1974.
City services: It's time to stop making excuses for why the city can't run better. I've stood up for accountability, from the superintendent on down. We need personnel reform - rewarding productive employes, terminating those who can't get the job done efficiently and courteously - and council oversight that insists that water bills be accurate and other services are provided well and on time. I will see that we get our money's worth by using tax dollars more efficiently and by reordering priorities, giving education more, jails less, cutting excess administration, paper shufflers, rented offices, welfare errors, putting expensive debt service projects to referendum and bonding, untie D.C. government from uncontrolled federal pay scales and pressure the private sector for jobs, housing and cooperation.
Projects: Enactment of a comprehensive housing and land-use plan for the city, with a vigorous commitment to making the city a place where people of all income levels can find a decent place to live and where zoning and development is planned with strong citizen influence to protect and strengthen neighborhoods as well as increase the tax base.
Getting Congress out of the business of telling the city how to spend the 80 percent of our budget that comes from local tax dollars and limiting the Congress to provision of a stable, adequate federal payment that is based on the taxes the city loses because of all the federal land, untaxed income of non-resident workers and other factors that reduce the city's local tax base. The most important next step for home rule, this will require accountability, efficient and high standards in the management of our government.
Reorganization of the unworkable Department of Human Resources into manageable sections that will better serve the social, health, child protection, welfare, day care, nutritional, senior citizen, etc, needs of D.C. residents.
I welcome the chance to say what I will get down to business doing on the council. As an elected official, I have kept my promises - ask your neighbor.
Hilda Mason, 62, of 1459 Roxanna Rd. NW. She is a D.C. Statehood Party candidate. She has served on the Board of Education from Ward 4 and has been councilwoman at-large.
City Services: Generally there is a need to improve efficiency in the delivery of services throughout the District government. One of the most serious problem areas is housing. Steps must be taken to assure that adequate housing is available at prices which people can afford. Recently there has been some improvement in health and welfare services, but there is still a serious need for further improvement. The completion of the Metrorail system is needed, particularly in the Columbia Heights and Anacostia areas, together with the conversion of our bus lines to serve the needs of our communities as feeders to the subway, with a fare structure which encourages rather than discourages the use of rapid rail services.
I have also been particularly concerned with the area of education (both the university and the school system), where many of the problems in the delivery of services can be linked to the lack of adequate funding. The Board of Education and the university have made steady progress in implementing innovative programs and taking on new directions. Their reward has been the imposition of severe budget restrictions and a steady decline in the portion of the District of Columbia resources devoted to education. The District devotes a smaller percentage of its budget to education than does any one of the 50 states (including the budgets of subcategories such as counties and cities).
Outside the area of education, the primary responsibility for ensuring the quality of governmental delivery of services lies with the major. The mayor and the heads of the various District agencies and departments (including the members of Boards and Commissions) should be held directly accountable for the performance of their agencies. To that end, I strongly support requiring council confirmation of all department heads. It is also necessary to review periodically each agency as to its purpose and operation and to evaluate its performance to determine whether that agency and every part of it should continue to exist. This can be accomplished through zero-based budgeting techniques.
Projects: The project to which I have long been committed, and which is basic to change - without which all other changes are built on sand - is, of course, achieving statehood for the District. When the citizens of the District are fully responsible for their government, their government will be more responsive to them. The visible evidence would be, for one thing, a new level of interest in participation in government on the part of people living in the District.
A second project on which I intend to work is increasing the representation of women in mid-and upper-level management positions in the District government. Women are seriously under-represented in government decision-making positions which affect them and all citizens significantly.
I would also concentrate on the project of increasing employment for District residents, especially youth, backed by a livable minimum wage. This would involve encouraging business development, with provisions for a fair share of business opportunity for minority-owned and operated businesses, along with training and education programs for workers. "A reduction in the unemployment rate" is a phrase the economists will use. But it will really mean "lives have been turned around, hope restored."
Stuart Rosenblatt, 27, of 1701 16th St. NW, is a U.S. Labor Party candidate. He rain in 1977 for an at-large seat on the school board.
City services: I will upgrade education to ensure this "growth" program succeeds. Our education system must emphasize both the development of the sciences as well as the development of cognitive capacities. I propose turning Randall (High School) and Ballou into showcases for the nation for advanced science programs. The overall school budget must increase $50 million, paid for by my growth program. The nation is entering the Fusion Era. Schools like Randall must be training the scientists, but also providing the educated children in others areas to bring in the new era of Einsteins and Beethovens. We need new books, facilities and motivated teachers. This means no dope as well. As is known, the Labor Party is wiping out dope. In New York where marijuana is decriminalized, over 50 percent of the students are regular users! I propose a crackdown on drug usage, including arrests in the area. If we need to arrest 5 percent to 10 percent of the children to stop this, we will do that. Some children may have school in jail i.e. school with walls. I would launch investigations into drug trafficking to wipe it out at the source.
Projects: Get high technology rolling; build the Douglass Point nuclear plant. Restore education cuts; end drug trafficking. Build a new nonpartisan "Whig" coalition to put pro-growth and anti-drug Democrats and Republicans and Labor Party candidates into office. Starting with me. I must be elected as the first candidate of this coalition, which I now declare to be in existence! Seventy-five percent of the city supports my candidacy. The Whig layers of the Republican Party support me. The "Walter Washington Democrats" support me.The traditionalists in the Labor Movement support me as do the building trades. There is the coalition. Now all the closet supporters must summon up the guts to come out and say it openly. Take the flak from The Post and others, but get me elected.