Candidates for the D.C. Council were asked the following questions by The Washington Post:
Problem: What is the most pressing problem facing residents of your ward, and what would you do as a member of the D.C. Council to solve it?
Qualifications: What is the most important reason you should be elected instead of one of your opponents?
John E. Warren (D), 36, of 1340 Maple View Place SE, is a three-term member of the D.C. Board of Education. A graduate of Howard University, he is on the community advisory council of Gallaudet College and is active in church organizations. He is a commissioned officer in the Army Reserves.
Problem: Crime and unemployment face Ward 6 residents as dual priorities. I intend to address crime both by sponsoring additional legislation and seeking job opportunties for the unemployed. I will seek to create jobs by tax revisions and the reallocation of city resources so as to revitalize small businesses and encourage jobs. I will develop a comprehensive ward plan for Ward 6 which will include housing, recreation, aid for the elderly and education. I propose to do for Ward 6 what the "Capital City" theme is attempting to do for D.C.
Qualifications: I have not had eight years on the City Council to deliver results to the people of our community. I continue to have new ideas that combine the reallocation of existing resources with new or improved legislative proposals to address the needs of our citizens. For example, mini-bus service (which was once provided for the convenience of downtown shoppers) could be implemented in Ward 6 to provide shuttle service for seniors who have need for transporation to supermarkets, but are left without real assistance. Although there has been discussion on this idea -- the fact remains that this service does not exist.
Nadine P. Winter (D), (Incumbent), of 1100 K St. NE, was first elected to the city council in 1974 and was reelected in 1978. A long-time community activist, she founded Hospitality House, a nonprofit social action agency; initiated urban homesteading, and helped organize the National Welfare Rights Organization.
Problem: Crime and unsanitary conditions seem to be the subjects most often discussed by Ward 6 residents. However, in areas of Ward 6 unemployment is above 30 percent. As a councilmember, I will continue to push for local jobs for District residents, change in policy for awarding District contracts, mandate to improve the apprenticeship program and support for adult education programs both through public education and private agencies.
Qualifications: My experience, my maturity, my sense of fairness, my ability to be balanced and logical in my judgments, my record of service to the community before I was elected to the council and my record of achievement as a legislator far outdistance my opponent's qualifications. Progress has been made during the past seven years since I was first elected. I have been able to bring harmony oftentimes out of chaotic and explosive situations. I have a broad base of support throughout the ward from various constituencies including tenant and housing groups, religious groups, handicapped groups, Democrats and Republicans, elderly and youth and different ethnic minorities and majority people. Both teachers and administrators are supporting my candidacy. I have an ability to remain calm in times of strife.