QUESTION: What do you see as your primary responsibilities in this post?
Vote for one: Dee Hunter Charles J. Moreland Dee Hunter 1822 15th St. NW Age: 25
D.C. coordinator, National Rainbow Coalition; D.C. statehood campaign; ANC commissioner in Ward 1 and former ANC commissioner in Ward 3; chairman, ANC Assembly; Ward 1 representative, D.C. Democratic State Committee; chairman, D.C. Statehood Political Action Committee; registered lobbyist in U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on D.C. statehood legislation; BA in political science, American University.
The primary responsibility of the U.S. representative is to lead the lobbying efforts for D.C. statehood. We must wage a two-tier campaign for statehood: one tier in the District and another outside the District. I will work to educate and organize at the grass-roots level to demand statehood. I will work to monitor and fight against congressional intrusion into the District's affairs. I will work with all elected officials, Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs), civic associations, labor unions, religious groups and youth organizations. I will also work to coordinate efforts with civil rights organizations and other progressive organizations to pressure their congressional representatives to support D.C. statehood and full self-determination. Charles J. Moreland 3009 Hillcrest Dr. SE Age: 42
Lobbyist, Charles Moreland and Associates; JD, Antioch School of Law; private law practice, 1980-84; member, District of Columbia Statehood Mission Team; founder and board chairman, D.C. Self-Determination Awards Committee; director of local affairs, D.C. Voting Rights Services Corp.; author of nationally published article "Let Washington Speak"; legislative counsel, National Alliance of Postal and Federal Employees, 1980-84; directed lobbying effort for District Cablevision, 1984-86; congressional liaison, Young Democrats of America, 1983-85; program coordinator, Youth Pride Inc., 1970-72; president, D.C. Young Democrats; chief bottle industry lobbyist in successful effort to defeat the D.C. Bottle Bill.
On a broad scale I will have the responsibility for working out the details, timing and strategy for achieving statehood. My primary responsibility as U.S. representative will be to lobby the U.S. Congress for statehood. Practically speaking, this will involve two objectives: 1) organizing our friends and supporters who live in congressional districts to write letters, make phone calls and otherwise apply pressure on our behalf; and 2) raising the level of awareness among the members of Congress by presenting them with persuasive and compelling arguments for D.C. statehood. Another important responsibility will be to educate the citizens of Washington, D.C., about the benefits of statehood and to convey to them a sense of urgency and the knowledge that many of the problems that afflict our city will be resolved when we have the right to govern ourselves fully and without congressional interference. ("SHADOW") REP. D.C. STATEHOOD
Vote for one: Tom Chorlton Tom Chorlton 1742 Massachusetts Ave. SE Age: 44
Editor and publisher, District Council Journal; chair, Citizens Statehood Lobby, and registered lobbyist with the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives for D.C. statehood; at-large candidate for D.C. Council, 1988; master's degree in government administration; officer, D.C. Statehood Party; officer, D.C. Statewide Health Coordinating Council, 1980-85; former staff member to U.S. Rep. Melvin Price (D-Ill.); former teacher in Kenya for the Peace Corps; president, Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, 1981-82; twice arrested in protests at the South African Embassy; executive director, National Association of Gay and Lesbian Democratic Clubs, 1982-86; local government specialist, St. Louis Area Council of Governments, 1976-77.
As mandated by the 1980 statehood initiative, my primary responsibility as the statehood representativewill be to work for the passage of HR 51, the New Columbia Admission Act. While all other positions on this year's ballot will continue to focus on implementing the current, limited home rule government, the new U.S. representatives and senators will devote their energies to attaining first-class citizenship for the people of the District through the only comprehensive and constitutional means available: statehood. In order to accomplish this goal, I will call upon my experience as the founder of the first registered statehood lobby, my prior employment with a powerful member of Congress and my extensive political contacts throughout the country. The thrust of my work will be old-fashioned, door-to-door arm twisting on Capitol Hill combined with diplomatically applied pressure in selective congressional districts. My target will be the 218-vote majority required for passage of the D.C. statehood bill on the floor of the House. ("SHADOW") REP. REPUBLICAN
Vote for one: Howard Lamar Jones Howard L. Jones 1809 Shepherd St. NW Age: 52
Clinical psychologist, D.C. Board of Education; precinct chairman in Ward 4, 1978-present; member of presidential transition team for George Bush, 1988-89; alternate delegate, George Bush for President, 1980; board member, Hillcrest Children, Black Child Development Institute and Council for Exceptional Children federation; listed in Who's Who in the East and Who's Who in America; member, Trinity Episcopal Church; former recording secretary, Vestry Crestwood Citizens Association; former member, Advisory Committee on Public Residential Treatment Programs for Children, Mental Health Administration, Department of Human Services.
My primary responsibility as representative will not only be to lobby Congress to grant residents of the District of Columbia voting rights and representation in Congress, but also to educate and protect the overall rights of citizens of the District of Columbia. At a time when city government is facing serious problems in its ability to finance the continuation of essential services to the residents of the District of Columbia -- especially in regard to quality health care for senior citizens and individuals on fixed incomes, the drug crisis, families in crisis and higher taxes for tax-paying citizens -- it is essential that the District have representation in Congress. Taxation without representation is not acceptable, and as representative, I would endeavor to lobby Congress for the voting rights of all citizens of the District of Columbia and keep them informed of all legislation regarding statehood and its impact on the District of Columbia.