Linda Cropp, who only last month was elected president of the school board, said Monday night that she would "seriously and earnestly consider" the group's request that she seek the Democratic nomination for the Ward 4 Council seat now held by Charlene Drew Jarvis.

Cropp told more than 100 supporters organized by the Committee to Draft Linda Cropp that she would have a definite answer in a month's time.

"Give me a month," I'll see what we'll do," she said as the group chanted "Run, Linda! Run!"

The meeting was held at the Washington Ethical Society Building, 7750 16th St. NW.

Ward 4 is a predominantly residential area located in Northwest Washington east of Rock Creek Park.

Cropp, a former public school teacher and vice president of the school board is married to Dwight S. Cropp, a top aide to Mayor Marion Barry.

Her term as school board president runs through January.

Committee cochairman Elevina Mitchell said, "Ward 4 is sick. When you get sick and have the same doctor for a long time. It's time for a new doctor."

"And new medicine!" Someone shouted from the audience.

Jarvis has represented Ward 4 since 1979. In 1982, she was one of three candidates who contested Barry for the Democratic nomination for mayor.

The committee's other chairman, Jay Cooper, a partner in a Washington law firm, complained while introducing Cropp that Jarvis does not answer letters from constituents or return phone calls.

In a phone interview Tuesday, Jarvis called such claims, "absolute nonsense."

She also said she was, "very surprised" that Cropp would consider running for the council after recently being elected school board president.

"It seems to me that the new president of the school board ought to be spending this time making sure the school system budget is adequately addressed."

Both women characterized their working relationship so far as "positive."

After the meeting, Cropp shook hands with well wishers and told reporters, "It's a very important decision. I need to look at all the issues. This was an impressive crowd tonight . . . . I need to talk to more people."

Cropp also said that she would have to make sure that her work at the school board, "would not be neglected" if she chose to run.

"The decision," Cropp said, "will be up to the citizens of Ward 4."