Candidates were asked:
Priorities: What will be your major priorities as the District representative in Congress during the next two years?
Jackson R. Champion, 55, of 607 4th St. NW. is a Republican. He is a publisher has served on D.C. Board of Vocational Education: Association of Community College Trustees.
Priorities: This would entail forming a committee of nonpartisan citizens of all races and religions to lobby for the ratification of two-thirds of the states for the Voter Representation Bill for D.C. Statehood for the District of Columbia is the major priority.
Walter E. Fauntroy, 45, is a Democrat. He has served as D.C. delegate for seven years, is pastor of New Bethel Baptist Church, and served on the first appointed D.C Council.
Priorities: My most important assignment from the people of the District of Columbia as their congressional representative is to complete my work in securing full congressional representation for the nation's capital. We had a tremendous victory this year when two-thirds of the Congress approved the D.C. Voting Rights Amendment. The House approved the measure March 2 by a vote of 289-127 and less than six months later, on Aug. 22, the Senate approved the measure, 67-32. That was the beginning of a long quest to become full-fledged tax-paying American citizens. I've already started putting together the kinds of teams and strategy we will need to win ratification of 33 states. It will take time and a lot of hard work, but I'm cautiously optimistic it can be done. Winning D.C. voting representation is so important to the nation because it will mean the completion of the American democratic model to give every American a vote and a voice in the governance of the country.
Secondly, we must turn around the housing dilemma, which has become a crisis for too many of the families in our city. I am committed to working, from my position as a member of the Banking. Finance and Urban Affairs Committee, with the new city administration in developing meaningful programs to ease the housing pressure. I envision programs that include broader utilization of existing federal projects and encourage cooperation in the private sector.
Thirdly, I again plan to seek to grant the District government authority to impose a nonresident tax. More than 60 percent of the income earred in the District is taken to other jurisdictions. It leaves an unfair burden on the people who live in D.C.
Cloid J. Green, 28, of 1673 Columbia Rd. NW, is a U.S. Labor Party member. He is an auditor and has a decade of experience as a political organizer.
Priorities: While serving in the 1979-80 Congress, I will have two goals that will be achieved by solving the same problem. The first goal is to eradicate the $100-billion-a-year business in drugs, the second is to secure an economic and monetary system for the progress of human existence. To see how the problems are essentially the same, let's look at the drug question: $100 billion a year is no small potatoes. One would think that $100 billion would be an easy thing to trace and by racing the money we could see who is at the top of this racket and put a stop to it. Right? Right! The money flows into offshore Eurodollar banks in the Caymen Islands, Hong Kong, Singapore and London. U.S., German and French authorities have sufficient control for us to know that our banks are not involved.It iks the London banks that have both the power and the evil intent to be the kings of this business. The British bank, the hong-shange, set up 200 years ago to run heroin out of China, is still today the world's leading heroin conduit in cooperation with the Red Chinese.
The London Eurodollar market is also the central problem in the world's economy. Productive longterm investments cannot compete for money against the high interest rates that London banking operations maintain by profiting massive from short term speculation, drugs and gambling. The Eurodollar market has come to control a plurality of the world's currency reserves. Thus London, despite the poverty of Britain, runs the world monetary system.
In Congress, I will ensure that the U.S. backs the plans of the Europeans to gain control of the London markets through the new European monetary system. The world's currency speculators and drug traders can be stopped with the same move.
Charlotte Reavis, 39, of 1235 Randolph St. NW, is a membner of the Workers Party. She is an office worker who ran in the last election.
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The purpose of running in the election is to campaign for a turn in the working class for building a Labor Party by the unions. A Labor Party is absolutely necessary as a weapon for millions of workers to fight against cuts in wages, destruction of social services and destroying living standards - policies which are pursued by his business using both the Democrats and Republicans. Carter's speech demanding "national austerity" must leave millions of workers wondering what is the difference between the Democrats and Republicans.
The labor movement must immediately repudiate Carter's demands for a cut in the standard of living of working class families. Every union local in the AFL-CIO, Teamsters, United Auto Workers, the United Mine Workers and other unions should demand that the international unions go on record immediately against the wage-cutting plans. A Congress of Labor must be called with representatives from the rank and file in the locals to break labor's ties to the Democrats and Repulicans and establish an independent Labor Party equipped with a socialist program. Only socialist policies of nationalization of basic industry and banks without compensation to the owners and under workers' control can defend the basic right of working people against the ravages of a world-wide economic crisis that is completely out of control.
The federal government, the largest employer in the District of Columbia, has now made it easier to cut the workforce through the Civil, Service Reform Act. This bill make it easier to fire so-called "incompetent" employes and rewards supervisors for getting more work out of those employes who are left. This is Carter's real jobs policy. Along with his job-cutting policies are the plans for wage controls. Carter has said that 7 percent is the highest wage packet that any union can get next year and has threatened the working class with no jobs if there is no compliance. But in the face of the strength of the miners, postal workers and railway workers, Carter knows that he must confront the labor movement and impose wage controls. He can do this only through reliance on the trade union bureaucracy. In every struggle of the last year by longshoremen, postal workers, railway workers, in countless local struggles by basic industry and public service workers, the bureaucracy has made it clear that it stands with big business and Carter and will try to sabotage any fight. Above all, the bureaucracy defends the capitalist state politically through its reactionary alliance with the big business Democratic Party.
Gregory A. Rowe, 26, of 7721 16th St. NW, is a member of the D.C. Statehood Party. He is a youth counselor and a member of the Mayor's Task Force Against Drugs in D.C. Public Schools.
Priorities: My major priority will be to seek total self-determination - Statehood - for the District of Columbia. Statehoold will give us complete local control over our own affairs and allow the citizens of this city to have equal rights and powers. Congress and the president will have no veto power over the bills and programs passed by our elected City Council and we will have complete control over the appointment and removal of judges. The criminal code can be updated and altered - a function that our local elected officials are prevenmted from undertaking because of our limited form of home rule.
National representation for the city can be achieved without a ratification process because under the provisions of the Constitution an area may be admitted as a state by a simple majority vote in both houses of Congress. It does not take a two-thirds majority vote and approval by other state legislatures or an amendment to the Constitution to become a state.
The national representation for D.C. amendments is only a half-way measure and does not give us local control over local affairs. As the District delegate to Congress, I will seek to complete the process now underway to give the residents of this city the freedoms that are taken for granted by residents in the remainder of the country.