WARD 7 Democrats

Harold Bell (D), 45, of 2544 Naylor Rd. SE, is a sports promoter who has been active in civic and youth groups. He has been a roving leader for the recreation department, organized weekend athletic and tutoring programs and started a summer camp program that sends D.C. youth to other cities.

Needs and solutions: The critical issues are: unemployment, drugs, housing, education and law enforcement. As the Ward 7 City Council member, I would encourage businesses to locate in Ward 7 and impose on them the stipulation that the residents have first priority in the job market to bring economic relief to Ward 7. I would develop a comprehensive drug education program that would be mandatory in public schools and would include the participation of parents, teachers, students and law enforcement officials. I would introduce legislation to convert public housing into ownership housing. Landlords would no longer be allowed to raise rents until their properties are brought up to code. In my opinion, high school diplomas have become obsolete. The current structure, direction and philosophy of public school education should be redesigned to meet the needs of and solve the problems that face black students. The gifted and talented children of Ward 7 are entitled to a progressive academic institution such as Banneker High School. I would press for increasing the law enforcement in Ward 7 with additional manpower and consistent foot patrols to make our streets safe once again. 1984 must mark a new beginning. We all must take a critical look at ourselves and the roles we are playing in this game called life. We must get our children off the streets and back into their homes and schools. We must encourage them to reach adulthood while discouraging them from parenthood while they are still in childhood. We must rid our communities of drugs and violence. We must rebuild the black family. And, most importantly, we must develop and support leadership that cares. H.R. Crawford (D), Incumbent, 45, of 3195 Westover Drive SE, heads a property management firm and has served one term on the City Council. He is chairman of the Commitee on Libraries, Recreation and Related Youth Affairs and is a member of the Committee on Finance and Revenue.

Needs and solutions: I consider the most pressing needs of the District to be: 1) The lack of employment opportunities for unskilled and blue-collar workers. If reelected, I would encourage any and all innovative means possible to attract new industry to the city, particularly light manufacturing. 2) The scarcity of affordable housing. If reelected, I would advocate the city developing some incentives that would make it more cost-effective for developers to develop needed low- and moderate-income housing. Moreover, I believe that it is becoming necessary for the city to look at the feasibility of developing its own housing-subsidy program for low- and moderate-income families. 3) More incentives to promote growth and expansion of businesses in the District. If reelected, I would continue to support the council and executive branch in maintaining a strong working relationship with the business community and in encouraging the revitalization of the Minnesota Avenue-Benning Road area, the H-Street corridor, and the Georgia Avenue corridor. Johnnie Mae Scott Rice (D), 43, of 4262 Massachusetts Ave. SE, executive secretary of the D.C. Commission on Human Rights since 1979, has been active in political and civic groups. A former aide to several council members, she has served on task forces overseeing summer jobs programs.

Needs and solutions: The District's most pressing needs are jobs, neighborhood business development, housing, fighting drug traffic and providing better health programs. The city needs to encourage job training and job creation for District residents. Unemployment and underemployment are creating severe social problems costly to the District's future. An important goal must be to develop small businesses in deteriorating business districts in the Northeast and Southeast. These businesses will encourage jobs, entry-level training and minority entrepreneurship and will need tax incentives to compete with Maryland businesses. I have developed a small business plan for these neighborhoods. Ward 7 also needs a cultural arts center to provide concerts, movies, art shows and other activities not available in the area, and a mini-mall for street vendors to encourage new entrepreneurs. Another problem is the decreasing availability of affordable housing. Property tax reductions for rent-controlled property, expanded rent controls and reduced tax rates for senior citizens on fixed income, and rehabilitation of substandard housing projects will help this problem. Meanwhile, drug traffic destroys many of our youth. I support strong drug enforcement and drug and alcohol treatment programs. Disease protection and early detection units need expansion. Finally, I will work to turn Ward 7 into the model ward for the city.