Jerry A. Moore Jr. (R) Incumbent, 66, of 1612 Buchanan St. NW, is a minister who has been an at-large member of the City Council since 1969. Chairman of the transportation and environmental affairs committee, he also serves on the panels on government operations and education.
Needs and solutions: The most pressing needs of the District are: 1) Rehabilitation of vacant houses and apartments. I would encourage private enterprise to renovate houses and apartments by seeking local and federal funds to assist private entrepreneurs in the process. 2) Infant mortality rate. I would continue support for the programs that are in place and expand them with District, U.S. and foundation funds to more rapidly lower the infant mortality rate. 3) Taxes. While preserving a reliable tax base, I would seek to ensure a more equitable distribution of the tax burden so as not to overburden businesses, homeowners and other taxpayers. I would also strive to halt the continued rise of property taxes by way of reassessment. 4) Public education. I would continue striving to put more money in to secondary and post-secondary education for the training of our children and young adults. 5) Economic development. I would encourage business development, both small and large. Bob Roehr (R), 35, of 1221 Wisconsin Ave. NW, a former foreign service officer, is an employee of the Republican National Committee who ran for Congress in 1980. President of the Capital Area Republicans, he is a member of several historic preservation groups and has been active in his ANC.
Needs and Solution: Expanding employment opportunities would be my number one priority. A job is the basis for family and community stability. It affects crime, drug usage, public safety, welfare expenditures and tax revenue. It is dignity. The District should immediately create a program of outward-bound van pools. This would open up access to employment opportunities, which increasingly lie beyond the beltway and the reach of public transit. The District should use every opportunity to leverage employment and contracting preferences for its people. This could be patterned along the line of veteran's preferences used in federal hiring. We must create a competitive environment for all business operations. We should be willing to subsidize land and building costs to protect blue-collar jobs and preserve a full spectrum of employment options. The District should target growth sectors in retailing, the information/communications matrix and bio-tech/health care industries and support the research, capital and educational/training needs of these fields. Together we can fashion a better, more prosperous city for all who live and work here. Carol Schwartz (R), 40, of 3555 Springland Lane NW, is an educator who served on the D.C. Board of Education from 1974 to 1982. She was a member of the National Advisory Council on the Education of Disadvantaged Children and has served on the D.C. Department of Recreation Advisory Board.
Needs and solutions: The District has many significant problems -- a high rate of youth unemployment; concerns about the safety of our streets and homes; a tax burden so high that it drives middle-class families out of the city and keeps others from locating here; a substantial deterioration in both the quality and quantity of the basic services that the city should provide; and the justifiable lack of citizen confidence in the desire or ability of the District government to do something about our problems. At the root of the city's inability to address its problems is the City Council's failure to exercise its oversight responsibilities. Because of its lack of concern about the basic operations, the council is forced to rubber stamp a $2 billion budget. Financing this requires the council to levy taxes that are the second highest in the country. The council members learned about Bates Street, sludge scandals and drug trafficking at Lorton from the newspaper, rather than by properly scrutinizing the executive branch. If elected, I will work to make the council an effective and constructive partner in our city government, rather than a rubber stamp for whatever is put before it. John West (R) 51, of 237 57th Place NE, a businessman and social worker, has been active in local Republican politics. He was the Republican candidate for the Ward 7 seat on the City Council in 1974 and 1980, and in 1982 he ran for D.C. Delegate. He has served on the D.C. Republican Central Comittee.
Needs and solutions: I consider the following to be the District's most pressing needs: 1) A fair property tax systems. 2) A strong commercial community. 3) A progressive attitude. 4) Affirmation against racial bigotry. To meet these needs, I would propose legislation exempting 60 percent of the real estate tax on homes owned and occupied by senior citizens. I would call for a flat rate tax for all property in this category. I would propose establishing a commercial compensation fund to pay claims to businesses, making layoffs of employes unnecessary during bad months of business when profits are low. The compensation would be based on taxes paid during the nine months of highest profits. I would encourage schools, the D.C. government and social service agencies to promote a spirit of support for D.C. business leaders and the Greater Washington Board of Trade. I would call on the D.C. City Council members to dissassociate themselves from those who attack Jewish citizens and to affirm that racial bigotry will not be allowed in the District against women or men, blacks or whites, including all races, following peace with all under God and enforcement of the law of the land. Our streets must be safe from rowdiness; our pubic officials should be accountable for mismanagement, and the public schools should reflect the spirit of our Constitution.