Anybody out there want to run for Congress from the District? The job pays $89,000 a year plus expenses and comes with a full-time staff to take care of business.
Or, how about going off to a national political convention this summer as a presidential delegate pledged to one of the Democratic or Republican candidates?
Maybe you want to stay home and just be a part-time pol. Then try for a seat on the D.C. Democratic State Committee or the GOP equivalent.
But don't wait. All of the above political slots will be on the District's May 3 presidential primary, and the political calendar requires quick action.
There's also a confusing array of party rules and deadlines.
For example, if you want to run for Congress, nominating petitions that are now available have to be completed by Feb. 24. The number of signatures required is based on party registration. That's easy for the tiny Statehood Party, which could put up a candidate with as few as 18 signatures of registered voters. A Democrat would have to file 2,000 signatures while a GOP candidate needs 205.
Del. Walter E. Fauntroy (D-D.C.) is the incumbent and so far faces no announced opposition. Successful party nominees in May will be placed on the Nov. 8 general election ballot along with any independent candidates who might qualify later in the year.
To choose delegates to the July Democratic National Convention in Atlanta, the local Democratic Party divides the city into two districts that will hold caucuses on Feb. 6. The caucuses will nominate slates of presidential delegates that will appear on the May 3 ballot. The potential delegates must obtain signatures of 1,000 registered voters to get their names on the ballot. Democrats will send 24 delegates to the convention, but only 11 will be chosen in the primary. The others will be party or elected officials who will go to the convention as automatic delegates.
The process is simpler for Republicans, who will send 14 delegates to the party's August convention in New Orleans. GOP presidential candidates must submit nominating petitions by March 4. Each GOP presidential candidate must also submit 14 names as delegates that will appear on the ballot under the candidate's name.
The May 3 ballot also will include candidates for 44 seats on the D.C. Democratic State Committee -- equally apportioned between men and women -- and 80 GOP seats on the Republican D.C. Committee. The number of petition signatures required varies, but a list is available from elections officials.
And there's more election activity ahead. Six seats on the D.C. Council are also up this year. But that primary won't be held until September. More on those races later.A Rare Appearance
The D.C. Democratic State Committee gets a rare visit tonight from Mayor Marion Barry. It's been years since Barry last took part in a state committee meeting, according to some Democrats. Barry likely will discuss the upcoming presidential campaign season. Barry is expected to again back Jesse L. Jackson.
The state committee also is expected to take up the controversial appointment of Carl T. Rowan Jr. as counsel to the committee. Rowan, who is serving pro bono, was appointed last year by Democratic Chairman James M. Christian. Some gay and progressive members of the committee, however, have said that Rowan should resign or be removed. Rowan, a Ward 3 Democrat, serves on the board of the local Big Brothers organization and has said he supports its policy of not allowing openly gay people to participate.
It wasn't quite like the army, but Herbert O. Reid Sr. found himself volunteered for one of the toughest jobs in Mayor Marion Barry's administration -- even if it is for a short time.
Reid, counsel to the mayor and a whole lot more, was traveling in Egypt in December with a group of black university presidents when he got a call from the mayor's office telling him that he would become the mayor's interim staff director until a permanent choice can be made by Feb. 1.
The job did not come as a total surprise. Reid, who also serves as a close adviser to Barry on many issues as well as teaching at Howard University's law school, had said before his trip that he would help the mayor any way he could.
Reid is the mayor's fourth staff director in three years.