QUESTION: What would be your number one legislative priority if elected to Congress?
Vote for one:
George X Cure
Betty Ann Kane
Eleanor Holmes Norton
Barbara Lett Simmons
Donald M. Temple
Joseph P. Yeldell
George X Cure
4239 Mass. Ave. SE
CANDIDATE HAS WITHDRAWN from the primary and is running as an independent in the November election
Betty Ann Kane
118 Fifth St. SE
At-large member, D.C. Council, 1979-90; at-large member, D.C. Board of Education, 1974-79; board chair, Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments; director, National League of Cities; vice president, National Association of Regional Councils; director, National Association of Women in Municipal Government; D.C. delegate, National Democratic Presidential Nominating Conventions, 1980-88; federal relations adviser, law firm of Miller and Holbrooke; chair, Committee on Noise Abatement at National and Dulles airports; BA, Middlebury College; Phi Beta Kappa; MA, Yale University; director, public programs, Folger Shakespeare Library; development officer, Museum of African Art.
My number one priority is restoring respect and credibility for our city in Congress. Years of deterioration must be reversed to successfully advance Home Rule -- a formula federal payment, getting Congress out of reviewing our laws and budget, meeting pension liability, voting representation and full self-determination. I would bring to that job a solid record as a legislator -- what Congress respects most -- along with a reputation for hard work, a strong voice for honest city government and independence from the Barry administration. I would use the job's full potential -- with professional expertise from seminars I give across the country teaching public groups how to lobby Congress and based on my intimate knowledge of the District's laws, budget and neighborhoods. I would increase D.C.'s clout through regional cooperation on transportation, environment, crime and drugs; make common cause with other cities to reinvest in housing and education; and educate Congress about the good things in Washington.
Eleanor Holmes Norton 10 Ninth St. SE Age: 53
Law professor, Georgetown University; chairman, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; D.C. Committee on Public Education; board of governors of D.C. Bar Association; Community Foundation of Greater Washington; Planned Parenthood committee to restore Medicaid funding for abortion services; D.C. Ward 6 Democrats; Dunbar High School Alumni Association; Native Washingtonian Club; National Political Congress of Black Women; A. Philip Randolph Institute; Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; Workplace Health Fund; Bethune Museum and Archives; Children's Brain Research Clinic.
The city's recurrent fiscal problems overburden local taxpayers and weaken our capacity to tackle urgent human priorities -- reducing drug abuse and crime, improving educational and job opportunities, and addressing our health and housing crises. Thus, my top legislative priority would be achieving fiscal and legislative stability and independence for the District through: 1) a fair formula-based federal payment to fully compensate the District for services we provide to the federal government and for the loss of property tax revenue from federally owned land; and 2) exclusive control over the expenditure of locally raised taxes. These measures are consistent with the voters' mandate for full independence from congressional interference through statehood. We must have the sole right to pass our own laws, set our own budgets, select our own judges and prosecutors, tax nonresidents who use our services and earn their livelihood here and have full representation in Congress.
Barbara Lett Simmons 7244 15th Pl. NW Age: 60
President, BLS and Associates; at-large delegate, Constitutional Convention on D.C. Statehood, chaired committee that wrote the article on the executive branch; at-large member, D.C. Board of Education, 1973-1985; at-large member, D.C. Democratic State Committee, 1976-present; education coordinator, United Planning Organization, 1967-68; past executive director, D.C. branch of NAACP; director, Area Manpower Institute for Development of Staff, Washington Technical Institute, 1971-72; recipient of 147 community awards; member, Western Michigan University Alumni Board, 1987-present; assistant treasurer and board member, Washington Urban League, 1968-85; vice president and board member, NAACP, 1982; D.C. board member, American Lung Association, 1978-present.
A fixed-formula federal payment that is fair, equitable and permanent, with a narrow sliding window, is my number one priority. The success of such would escalate the passage of a "petition of admission" for statehood for New Columbia. Adequate funding would permit competent and successful execution of governance programs and services. Success in achieving governance program and service goals would net us image alteration. Another word for it would be credibility. Credibility nets respect. Respect nets support for the "petition of admission" by Congress. This would make New Columbia the 51st state, and we would continue to execute and fulfill all the responsibilities of citizenship and finally enjoy the privileges of citizenship. The above scenario follows a syllogistic arrival of the stated democratic conclusion.
Donald M. Temple 1351 Kalmia Rd. NW Age: 37
Lawyer with Heideman Cardin; BA, Howard University, 1975; JD, University of Santa Clara, 1978; master of law, Georgetown Law Center, 1981; founder and former president, Concerned Black Men; member, Men's Advisory Committee for Executive Director of the D.C. Commission on Women; former chairman, Mayor's Advisory Committee on Paternity and Child Support; parliamentarian, D.C. Chamber of Commerce; delegate to Hungary and Yugoslavia, American Council of Young Political Leaders; Leadership Washington, Class of 1988-89; publisher, Black Networking News; member, Prince Hall Masonic Lodge; secretary, Shepherd Park Citizens Association.
No issue will command my legislative advocacy more than full and equal citizenship for D.C. residents. For constitutional and moral reasons, we are entitled to the right to self-determination. Statehood is the best way to achieve this. I will organize a statehood caucus of House and Senate members and work with a broad range of citizens to develop a collective strategy and timetable for passage of D.C. statehood in both houses of Congress. I will sponsor legislation to give the District budget automony and to increase the federal payment based on an equitable formula. I will also develop a strategy to increase federal grants to the District -- especially to nonprofit organizations -- for education, housing, economic development, health and street repairs. Access and citizen empowerment will be the keystone of my agenda. I want the respect of the people.
Sterling Tucker 6505 16th St. NW Age: 66
Business consultant, Sterling Tucker Associates; chairman, D.C. Council, 1975-79, vice chairman, 1969-75; director, D.C. Drug Control Policy, 1989-90; assistant secretary, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 1979-81; chairman, Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority; executive director, Washington Urban League, 1956-74, and national field director; chairman, Coalition for Self-Determination, 1970-75; director, March to the Ballot Box, National Voter Registration; national coordinator, Poor People's Campaign Solidarity Day March; coordinating member, March on Washington for Civil Rights, 1963; chairman, American Diabetes Association, 1990.
My top priority will be to increase congressional responsiveness to the needs of the District. The federal payment must be increased, and Congress must allow the District's residents to run our own affairs. Congress must also be the source of funding for our national and local needs in drug treatment programs, housing for the homeless and affordable health care. The delegate is the key link between the city and the federal government. As delegate, I would ask for the creation of a White House task force to sort out the relationship between the District and the federal government. On the road to statehood, D.C. needs a delegate who is a proven leader with the ability to set the course for the future of our governmental partnership.
Joseph P. Yeldell 1729 Verbena St. NW Age: 57
Appointed to D.C. Council, 1967-71, twice by President Johnson, once by President Nixon; chairman and member, Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority; vice president, Council of Governments; director, Department of Human Resources; director, Office of Emergency Preparedness; Prince Hall Mason, 33rd Degree; BS, D.C. Teachers College; master of education, University of Pittsburgh; named public administrator of the year by National Forum for Black Public Administration, 1989; member, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.; married, with two children and three grandchildren; listed in "Who's Who Among Black Americans."
The legislative priority of the District's representative to Congress was determined by the citizens of the District of Columbia in 1979 when citizens passed the Statehood Initiative and adopted the Constitution of the State of New Columbia in 1982. However, embodied in the prerogatives of statehood are elements of self-determination that also should be pursued while continuing to aggressively pursue statehood. I will, therefore, simultaneously work for a fixed federal payment -- on a formula basis -- for determining the federal government's compensation to the District for revenue-raising prohibitions imposed upon the District. I will also work to gain legislative and budget autonomy for the District. It is incomprehensible that the will of the District's citizenry, expressed through our duly elected representatives, can be compromised by those not accountable to us. It is imperative that the spending of our budget not be subjected to the political mood and selective memory of Congress or the president.
Vote for one:
Roffle Mayes Miller Jr.
Harry M. Singleton
Jim Champagne 3 Washington Cir. NW Age: 47
Public affairs specialist and president of Champagne Ink; developed and maintain a successful small business with select clientele including Cabinet secretaries, association presidents and corporate CEOs, 1983-present; staff member, U.S. Senate Committee on Government Operations, 1982-83; Ward 2 candidate, D.C. Council, 1988; candidate, D.C. mayor, 1982; manager of editorial services, Chrysler Corp., 1979-80; senior writer-editor, American Petroleum Institute, 1976-78; member, President's Task Force on Trade Reform, 1973, and Task Force on Welfare Reform, 1972; BA in history and philosophy at St. Anselm College; graduate studies in history at American University and Smith College.
The most compelling need for the District of Columbia is to gain a vote for the D.C. delegate on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. This would give D.C. residents the appropriate representation without the financial burden of statehood. It would allow our citizens an opportunity to have a reasonable voice regarding federal assistance to the District. In addition, legislation granting a vote to the D.C. delegate would allow that delegate to participate, in a meaningful way, in congressional debates on such important items as a national health care program, improved policy on drugs and crime, and the need for spending controls. Such legislation would also enhance the viability and credibilty of the D.C. delegate. This would allow the delegate to be a more effective spokesperson on all federal matters affecting the citizens of Washington.
Roffle Mayes Miller Jr. 1301 Massachusetts Ave. NW Age: 38
I am an entrepreneur and have immersed myself in the Washington, D.C., community by providing subcontract work for small businesses, helping ex-offenders secure employment and speaking at local schools about self-determination and responsibility. General contractor, Roffle M. Miller Co.; worked on the American Bicentennial Presidential Inaugural; elected chairman of legislative district and to the Republican City and County Committees in Maine; first African American elected a delegate to the Maine State Republican Convention; educated at University of Kansas.
I want to reorient our priorities and redirect our funds toward drug prevention and treatment. Those arrested for simple possession need long-term rehabilitative treatment, not dead-end incarceration. I will work to reverse anti-drug funding from its current ratio of 70 percent for law enforcement and 30 percent for drug prevention and treatment; all new budgeting would allocate 70 percent for drug prevention and treatment and 30 percent for law enforcement. I would spend new anti-drug funds to convert some 2,400 boarded-up city-owned housing units into long-term drug treatment centers. I would extend long-term treatment in halfway houses to the large proportion of those in jail who are incarcerated for simple possession and "hot" parole violations. They should be released into work programs in order to relieve prison overcrowding and allow them to make productive contributions to society. The loss of innocence among youth, drug-related crimes and lost productivity are all interconnected elements of the drug problem. It will be my duty to confront the problem in the most effective way possible.
Harry M. Singleton 1711 K Street NW Age: 41
Lawyer-consultant, Harry M. Singleton and Associates Inc.; assistant secretary of education, U.S. Department of Education, 1982-86; deputy assistant secretary of commerce, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1981-82; minority chief counsel and staff director, Committee on the District of Columbia, U.S. House of Representatives, 1979-81, and deputy minority counsel, 1977-79; associate, Covington and Burlington, 1976-77; former president, board of trustees, Barney Neighborhood House; former member, corporate board of directors, Children's Hospital National Medical Center; former chairman, Committee on Crime, Plan Takoma; BA, Johns Hopkins University, 1971; JD, Yale Law School, 1974; divorced; two children.
In view of the city's current financial crisis, one of my first legislative priorities, if elected, will be to press for passage of Dellums' bill (HR 3293). That bill, among other things will grant to the District of Columbia budget autonomy and establish a regularized and predictable federal payment. Tying the District's budget to the congressional budget process is inefficient. Relying on the whim of Congress to establish the level of the federal payment is not practical. To be able to come to grips with its present financial problems, the city must have complete control over its budget planning and solid information about its sources of revenue.