Candidates were asked:
City services: What can the City Council do to improve the delivery of city services and the quality of public education?
What would you do to encourage such improvements?
Priorities: What would be your principal legislative and administrative priorities if elected chairman of the council?
Charles I. Cassell, 54, of 201 I St. NW, is a member of the D.C. Statehood Party. He is an architect and was a member of the D.C. school board from 1970 to 1974.
City services: Legislation is needed to set minimum standards of performance as the condition for position retention by agency heads. The government must have the same flexibility in enforcing such standards regarding agency heads as does private industry.
Priorities: Congressional legislation providing true self-government for D.C., relieving us of the undemocratic, arbitrary legislative and financial control of Congresspersons from other states, for whom we cannot vote. The United States supports statehood for Puerto Rico, which is 150 miles distant from U.S. shores; why not for D.C., which is already an integral and essential part of the nation? Deposit of D.C.-appropriated and tax-derived funds in banks having a history of fair and equitable lending to the majority of D.C. citizens. Extensive municipal assistance in housing loans and in the creation of jobs, private and public.
Bruce Director, 25, of 1701 16th St. NW, is a U.S. Labor Party candidate. He is a banker and has worked for five years organizing the U.S. Labor Party.
City Services: Ever wonder why D.C. test scores are so low? It's because we fail to provide education which nurtures individual creative thought. We teach students what to think, not how to think.
Priorities: As chairman, I will use my power over the budget, and my political influence, to guarantee to rigorous quality of education. I will demand an increased emphasis on science education at all levels. I will demand that students study the great creative minds of history as minds to emulate. I will demand our students study genius in order to become geniuses. If we give our students anything less, we have sold both ourselves and our children short on the future.
Now what can we do about the other edge of the sword? How do we stop drug? We destroy the networks which run drugs. We go after them from the bottom to the top. We go after street traffic by passing stricter drug laws and enforcing them. If it means arresting 10 percent of the population that smokes pot, we must do it to dry up the street markets. We must pressure federal authorities to crack down on the offshore banking interests which control the "dirty money" from drugs. I am the only candidate for chairman with the guts to do this. My opponent, Arrington Dixon, has supported decriminalized marijuana. So my goals and priorities as City Council chairman will be to make D.C. a center of science and culture for the world. I want to make D.C. a drug-free city, a city whose residents play a unique role in helping this nation lead the world into the 21st century.
Arrington Dixon, 35, of 8227 W. Beach Terrace NW, is a Democrat. He is currently the city councilman from Ward 4 and has lead an effort to pass the Home Rule Charter.
City services: The delivery of city services is a function of the mayor/executive branch. However, it is the responsibility of the council to oversee governmental functions. As chairman, I will work to improve the council's oversight responsibility so that the citizens of this city will have adequate and efficient services.Arrington Dixon will work to cut out waste and to better use the resources we already have. Through the procurement bill that I have written, much of the waste and duplication of service will be eliminated. The bill will provide for proper inventory and purchasing techniques. No longer will the executive branch be able to purchase 500 years worth of electric light bulbs. I will also work to expand our tax base by attracting more businesses and industry to our city. More money will allow for added programs for our schools, such as vocational education, adult education, foreign language for younger children and biligual and cultural programs for our Spanish-speaking citizens.
Priorities: A primary concern is the efficient functioning of the D.C. government so that it can best serve our citizens. Without this, implementation of the laws enacted by the council is seriously curtailed. My legislative priorities include full employment, quality education, new forms of revenue of D.C. and a solution to the housing problem. Equally important is the need to improve the delivery of municipal services such as care for the elderly, youth recreation programs, trash removal, street maintenance and public safety. Arrington Dixon would ensure that the council's procedural rules are improved and followed.I have introduced legislation which would streamline the legislative process. I would require the council's legislative and general counsel to work with committees to assure that technical and legal problems are resolved before a bill is reported. I favor the institution of a rules committee and the curtailing of emergency legislation. A more efficient legislative procedure will enable the council to perform in an orderly and efficient fashion.