There is still time to qualify for the coming election of advisory neighborhood commissioners, and 95 seats have no declared candidates.
As of Monday, Advisory Neighborhood Commission seats in 159 areas were uncontested and 54 seats had two declared candidates. Fifteen seats, mainly in Foggy Bottom, Shaw and Capitol Hill, had three or more candidates, according to the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics.
"You're having more candidates than ever running for certain offices and fewer candidates than ever running for other offices," said Leona Agouridis, a board spokeswoman. "That's bizarre."
To get their names placed on the Nov. 6 ballot, prospective candidates have to pick up a petition at the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics and obtain signatures from 25 registered voters. The deadline for submitting the petitions is 5 p.m. Sept. 7.
ANCs were created 14 years ago to give neighborhoods a say in government decisions. Although city officials are required only to give the rulings of the grass-roots organizations "great weight," ANCs have been successful in such matters as initiating liquor license moratoriums, having traffic lights installed and organizing neighborhood crime patrols.
Commissioners serve two-year unsalaried terms and are elected by voters residing within their single-member districts, which have approximately 2,000 residents.