QUESTION: What measures do you propose to curtail crime and drug trafficking in the District?
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Johnny Barnes 4817 Linnean Ave. NW Age: 43
Lawyer; senior staff counsel and administrative assistant, U.S. House of Representatives, for 14 years; two-term member, D.C. Commission for Women; former member, D.C. Commission for Human Rights and the D.C. Residential Mortgage Investment Commission; president, Legal Aid Society at Georgetown University; helped found D.C. Street Law Program; cum laude and distinguished military graduate, Central State University; former law professor, Georgetown, Antioch and Potomac law schools; former president, D.C. Young Democrats; member, D.C. Democratic State Committee; honorary member, National Council of Negro Women; member, Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity; member of U.S. Supreme Court Bar; married, with four children.
To curtail crime and drug trafficking in the District, stronger law enforcement policies are needed in the short term, and in the long term, programs that deal with the root causes -- lack of adequate education, employment opportunities and job training. The real healing force, however, will come through prevention, rehabilitation and treatment for those who seek it. The record-breaking homicide rate we are experiencing is the result of neighborhood-based turf battles. A strong police presence on the streets is needed to stop this bleeding. This police presence shouldn't be hostile. The aim should be to deter and prevent crime rather than just respond to it. Half of our high school students fail to finish. Lives are being wasted before they begin. We must make our public school system work. We must expand vocational education programs for those whoseinterested in the crafts. We must work with the private sector to establish programs such as a D.C. Service Corps. We must give our young not charity, but a chance. Linda W. Cropp 4001 18th St. NW Age: 42
Ward 4 representative, D.C. Board of Education, for three terms, served as president for two years, vice president for three years; BA and MA, Howard University; teacher and counselor, D.C. Public Schools, 1970-78; board member, Travelers Aid Society and Junior Achievement; delegate, Democratic Presidential Convention, 1984; member, Ward 4 Democrats, Crestwood Civic Association, NAACP, Urban League, Women's Advisory Board of Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capitol and Mayor's Commission on Food and Nutrition.
Crime and drug trafficking certainly must be severely dealt with in the District. Elected officials and civic leaders cannot equivocate on the seriousness of these problems or send out mixed signals to the community. Thus, I would advocate the following measures: convening a metropolitan area-wide conference of elected officials to develop specific strategies for cooperative investigative and enforcement efforts; establishing a centralized data bank between D.C. Public Schools, the Department of Human Services, the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Metropolitan D.C. Police Department, and public and assisted housing agencies for the purpose of identifying and providing services to "at risk" youth; expanding the number of police officers assigned to regular "beats" in the neighborhoods; and developing and conducting an intensive public information campaign on the negative effects of drug use, especially so-called "recreational" drug use, and its connection to crime and violence in the streets. Terry Lynch 1815 Lamont St. NW Age: 31
Executive director, Downtown Cluster of Congregations, 1985-present; co-founder, Coalition for a Living Downtown, 1989, and Gallery Place Community Coalition, 1987; founder and executive director, Calvary Shelter for Homeless Women, 1983-85; board member, D.C. Downtown Partnership, 1988-present, Friends of St. Elizabeths, 1987-88, and Washington Area Community Investment Fund, 1988-present; member, Committee to Save Rental Housing, 1985-present; chair of D.C. legislative committee, D.C. Housing Now, 1989-present; magna cum laude, Georgetown University, 1981; Phi Beta Kappa; married to Rose Marie Audette.
I am outraged that despite exorbitant taxes, we do not have affordable housing for families, our schools are not educating our youth and basic services are not being delivered. Many neighborhoods are mired in economic decline. These conditions foster crime and drugs. We need more police "walking the beat" right now throughout our city. This, combined with citizen patrols, fosters the awareness, the cohesiveness and the neighborhood empowerment needed to stop fear, drugs and dope dealers. In the long term, only by rebuilding our neighborhoods and investing in our youth can crime be stopped before it starts. Schools are woefully behind in exciting and teaching our children; recreational programs must be expanded. We need old-fashioned neighborhoods where families know each other and are involved in schools and community activities, so that our young are instilled with a sense of belonging. Only then can we begin to "win" the drug war. AT-LARGE D.C. STATEHOOD
Vote for one: Hilda Mason Hilda Mason 1459 Roxanna Rd. NW Age: 74 Incumbent
At-large member, D.C. Council, 1977-present; Ward 4 representative, D.C. Board of Education, 1972-77; chairwoman, Council Committee on Education and Libraries; director for the District on Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Board; at-large delegate, D.C. Statehood Constitutional Convention, 1981-82; worked as teacher, counselor, supervising instructor and assistant principal in D.C. public schools.
Efforts to improve our overall public education system must must be accelerated to eradicate poverty, unemployment and despair -- the root causes of substance abuse, drug trafficking and criminal behavior. I have co-introduced legislation that would make our schools a "safety net" for all youth -- particularly "at risk" children -- by lowering the compulsory school age; providing before- and after-school day care, and offering evening and weekend tutorial, athletic, extracurricular and drug-prevention programs. Upon my reelection, I will continue to support tough sanctions against drug traffickers and a police presence large enough to deter crime. I will push for more drug treatment and rehabilitation services, as well as an increase in job-training programs for recovering addicts. I will also urge our next mayor and my colleagues to initiate a summit with federal and other metropolitan area officials to plan and implement a region-wide strategy to stop the flow of drugs into our communities. AT-LARGE REPUBLICAN
Vote for one:
W. Cardell Shelton W. Cardell Shelton 1930 Martin Luther King Ave. SE
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