WARD 8 Democrats
William M. Andrews Jr. (D), 30, of 606 Elmira St. SE, a long-distance communications operator for AT&T, is active in church, civic and youth groups. An Army veteran, he is program coordinator of the Mount Airy Baptist Church's Community Outreach Program and is a J.B. Johnson Nursing Home volunteer.
Needs and solutions: The most pressing need in the District and specifically in Ward 8 is to do something about the tremendous number of abandoned apartment buildings and homes in the area. This condition leaves us with a lack of affordable and available low- and moderate-income housing and also presents a deplorable and depressing setting for our community. When elected, I plan to attack this problem on two fronts: We have to reevaluate and reconsider the constricting laws and tenant codes we have presently on the dockets. These laws prevent and deter available and willing developers and landlords from investing money in these buildings. Landlords, developers and tenant representatives must come together with government agencies and restructure these laws so that we motivate developers to invest capital in these much needed improvements without taking the protective rights away from tenants. In certain areas, I believe rezoning should be considered in order to improve the community. I would like to invite federal agencies and private businesses to come back into the District. This would provide jobs for Ward 8 residents and provide increased revenue for the District. Let's bring business back to the nation's capital and Ward 8. R. Calvin Lockridge (D), 51, of 121 Raleigh St. SE, an educator, has been a member of the D.C. Board of Education since 1978. He is the Ward 8 representative on the Democratic Central Committee and has served on the UDC board of trustees and the Manpower Service Planning Advisory Council.
Needs and solutions: The District's most pressing needs are jobs, effective city-sponsored job training for young adults and decent, affordable housing for all citizens. The effectiveness of a city government should be measured by how well it meets these needs. In Ward 8, the government is failing miserably. When elected, I will serve not only as a legislator but also as a watchdog over city agencies to see whether they do or do not provide the services for which they exist. This will be accomplished in two ways: On the one hand, there would be task forces comprised of Ward 8 citizens and experts (in the area of the agency being watched) to monitor the budgetary and service-providing effectiveness of the various agencies -- starting with the sorely mismanaged Department of Employment Services. On the other hand, accessibility and information to the citizens will be substantially increased, because I will keep my constituents informed and educated so that they can be sure that they will receive all the government services to which they are entitled and for which they pay tax dollars. Additionally, I will do everything in my power both as an elected official and as a human being to strengthen the family unit in Ward 8, because I do not see how the pervasive syndrome of alcoholism, drug addiction, street crime, massive unemployment and despair can ever be defeated without the love, respect and support that are derived from close family ties and regular family interaction. Leona Redmond (D), 32, of 4238 Fourth St. SE, a former federal probation assistant, has been active in local civic groups. A member of the mayor's Advisory Committee on Resources and Budget and the Camp Simms Advisory Task Force, she founded the Ward 8 Fellowship Council and the Committee of 200.
Needs and solutions: The District's most pressing problems are its lack of jobs and lack of affordable housing. Since what's good for Ward 8 is good for the city, but what's good for the city is not necessarily good for Ward 8, the need for suitable jobs with sufficient income is of primary concern to me. Joblessness has robbed many District residents of their place in a respected society. This social displacement has created crime-ridden neighborhoods, a disinvestment in our deteriorating housing stock and a definite destruction of families. Absence of sufficient incomes for some has created a real problem between the haves and the have-nots. The many jobs that have been created in the District have done little to resolve the city's unemployment growth. When I am elected I will seek legislation to: 1)Reward businesses that hire District residents and penalize those that don't. 2)Strengthen our human rights law to discourage employer displacement of District employes who favor cheaper, undocumented workers. 3)Strengthen our job training programs and private-sector involvement in established catchment areas, and 4)Provide, where necessary, District funds to increase the labor force. Wilhelmina J. Rolark (D), Incumbent, 67, of 524 Foxhall Place SE, a lawyer, has been a City Council member since 1976. She chairs the Judiciary Committee and serves on the public services and cable TV committees. She also chairs the Council of Government's National Interstate Air Quality Committee.
Needs and solutions: Effective crime control, decent, affordable housing and jobs are among the most pressing needs of the District. If reelected, I will continue my response to these needs in the manner I have begun. With regard to effective crime control, the District is undergoing a crisis related to the burgeoning problem of PCP, the single highest contributing factor to the increase in our crime rate. I was one of the sponsors of the new emergency law that triples the penalty for the sale of PCP and increase penalties for its sale to minors; also a law that increases the fee for attorneys representing indigents. I cosponsored the law requiring bullet-proof vests for police and new legislation that would lift the requirement for corroboration from a child's testmony in child-abuse cases. I have already held hearings on my bill to create a neighborhood antidrug-trafficking commission. If reelected, I would continue introducing legislation that directly impacts the crime rate, cooperate with community groups engaged in anticrime efforts and sponsor anticrime conferences in my ward. Decent, affordable housing is hard to obtain without assistance. I will continue to sponsor and cosponsor measures for this and to obtain funding for upgrading housing (including public housing), rent control and controls on condo conversions. The high unemployment rate is a national crisis. I support and will continue to support projects that will encourage economic development in the District:Camp Simms in my ward; hiring D.C. residents (as my cable TV amendments would require); building new facilities such as fire and police stations in my ward and pre-apprenticeship training to prepare young people for apprenticeships in trades used in large construction projects. I will also continue projects such as my annual summer youth job sign-up program. Richard Smith (D), 33, of 210 Oakwood St. SE, a tax investigator for the state of Virginia with degrees in business and public administration, has been active in local politics. A native of Washington, he is a member of the Ward 8 Democratic club and Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.
Needs and solutions: The District government has for years been run by slick politicians who came to this city after the civil rights movement flourished. They brought with them "boss" politics, nepotism, cronyism and the ability to manipulate people to their way of thinking, resulting in low participation, apathy and low self-esteem. Native Washingtonians represent the majority population at Lorton, at our juvenile detention centers, on welfare rolls, on unemployment rolls and among school dropouts. We are very dominant in these negative role models, but when it comes to our representation in decision-making processes, we are not to be found. It is, therefore, creating animosity, resentment and dislike for our own brothers and sisters who decided like our parents to make the District their home, but without paying their dues, went straight to the top, never understanding the problems or how they originated. My response to the problem is my campaign, "The Native Son." Never again will the native Washingtonians be locked out or shut out of the political process of the District. Elijah Muhammad and Dr.Martin Luther King Jr. taught us to unite and through uniting taught that all can be solved and conquered.