WARD 4 Democrats
William B. Cooper (D), of 3079 Hawthorne Dr. NE, has withdrawn from the race for Ward 4 City Council member, although his name will appear on the ballot. Charlene Drew Jarvis (D), Incumbent, 43, of 1789 Sycamore St. NW, a psychologist, has been the Ward 4 City Council member since 1979. She chairs the Committee on Housing and Economic Development and sits on the transportation committee and Private Industry Council board.
Needs and solutions: The District's most critical need is expansion of the city's tax and revenue base. An expanded financial base is critical to the District's ability to successfully meet the expenses of:
unfunded pension liabilities.
increased needs of the elderly population.
housing for low-income families.
job training, retraining and education needs of the District's population.
increased costs of the Metro transit system.
increased costs of the social welfare and prison systems. As the council member from Ward 4 and the chairman of the Housing and Economic Development Committee, I have introduced and won support for legislation that will help businesses expand, thus creating additional business taxes, sales taxes and income taxes as well as creating more jobs for District residents. The Economic Development Finance Corporation legislation, for example, closes a critical gap in providing financial assistance to start-up and small businesses. I have also introduced business incubator legislation that will enable small businesses to sustain themselves and expand during the first three to five years of operation. In addition, I have introduced a policy that ensures that a portion of the revenues from development projects comes back to the city's financial base. Barbara Lett Simmons (D), of 7244 15th Place NW, heads her own management training firm and has been an at-large member of the D.C. Board of Education since 1974. She also sits on the board of the Washington Urban League, the D.C. Mental Health Association and the D.C. Lung Association.
Needs and solutions: The District's most pressing needs are twofold: housing and increased incentives for small businesses. I believe that for the housing market in the District of Columbia to remain a viable community, we must have housing that is affordable and rental property that is lawfully maintained. To address these two needs I would engage in a variety of innovative policies: 1) In housing, I would establish a housing court and an institute for housing technical assistance. 2) To encourage an atmosphere to support small businesses I would develop incentives, such as designing enterprise zones and having the three-tiered property tax rate made equitable and I would propose the necessary legislation to do both. This would take care of the problem of unemployment, for we are all aware that with business and industry come jobs. I believe these are achieveable goals. They are equitable and they can be designed on a win/win concept, as opposed to a win/lose one. This clearly would make the District the model citystate it can be.