QUESTION: What do you see as your primary responsibilities in this post?
Vote for two:
Jesse L. Jackson Sr.
Harry "Tommy" Thomas Jr.
James Forman 1650 Harvard St. NW Age: 61
Adjunct professor, Howard University, and president of Unemployment and Poverty Action Committee (UPAC) and UPAC Fund Inc.; PhD in political history, Union Institute, 1982; master of professional studies in African and Afro-American history, Cornell University, 1980; BA in public administration, Roosevelt University, 1957; recipient of Fanny Lou Hammer Award from National Conference of Black Mayors, 1990, and distinguished achievement award, Morgan State University, 1990; organized America for New Leadership Campaign Committee, 1988; ANC commissioner, 1984; organizer for Mondale-Ferraro campaign, 1984; legislative assistant to the president, Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO, 1983; author, "The Making of Black Revolutionaries" and two other books; active in Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee in 1960s.
I consider working to make the District of Columbia the 51st state as my main responsibility. In order to accomplish this task, if elected, I expect to form a team approach with the other congressional representatives from the District of Columbia in order to receive the charter for the state of New Columbia from the U.S. Congress. I have been actively working for more than 30 years throughout the United States and around the world trying to achieve political equality for all the citizens in all the states and in the District of Columbia. As an elected public official, an Adams-Morgan ANC commissioner and president of the Unemployment and Poverty Action Committee (UPAC), I have already helped to build a national lobbying network of statehood for the District of Columbia. Marc Humphries 1006 Maryland Ave. NE Age: 35
Policy analyst, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress; community organizing skills, particularly in establishing community-owned cooperatives; involving the youth in the statehood movement through the Black Africans in Technology Labor Co-operative; continued work toward a "cease fire" in America to reduce black-on-black violence; organized youth to work in the 1984 Jackson for President campaign; former assistant manager, MEGA Foods, Northeast Washington, D.C.; business manager and writer for community newspaper, Voice of the People, Detroit; food co-operative director, Family Resource Center and Operation Get Down community organizations, Detroit; BS, Western Michigan University; MS, land resources, University of Wisconsin; MS, mineral economics, University of Arizona.
D.C. residents will elect two shadow senators and one shadow representative in the September primary and the November general election. These individuals should represent ideas for making statehood a reality. A shadow senator or representative is an elected lobbyist for the D.C. community to lobby and monitor Congress on the realization of statehood and congressional voting representation for D.C. As a minium, we want our shadow senators and representative to accomplish the following during their first year in office: Meet face to face with as many U.S. House and Senate members or high level staff members as possible to exchange ideas on the D.C. statehood effort. Meet with appropriate House and Senate committee members on the D.C. statehood issue. Meet regularly with the D.C. community organizations and D.C. Council members to keep informed and exchange ideas on the progress of the statehood movement. Begin to establish a nationwide network of organizations supportive of the statehood movement. Jesse L. Jackson 6101 16th St. NW Age: 48
Clergyman; founder and president, National Rainbow Coalition Inc.; Democratic candidate for U.S. president in 1984 (received 3.5 million votes in primaries) and 1988 (7 million votes); founding president, Operation PUSH (People United to Serve Humanity); founder, PUSH for Excellence Inc.; author, "Straight From the Heart" and "Keep Hope Alive"; BA in sociology, North Carolina A&T University; attended Chicago Theology Seminary for two years; recipient of more than 50 honorary doctorates; negotiated release of Lt. Robert Goodman from Syrian captivity and 48 Cubans and Cuban Americans from Cuban jails, 1984; negotiated numerous moral covenants with U.S. corporations for economic development and job creation in minority communities; married, with five children.
As U.S. senator from the District of Columbia, my responsibility will be to be the strongest advocate possible for D.C. statehood. To achieve statehood, both houses of Congress must pass simple legislation and the president must sign it. My job would entail "shadowing" the members of Congress, and the president, to educate and encourage them to vote for statehood. It would also involve educating and motivatingDistrict residents, who are under congressional occupation, to resist the present colonial relationship. Slavemasters never get tired of being masters, and colonizers never get tired of colonizing. Victims may not be responsible for being down, but must be responsible for getting up. No one will save us, for us, but us. Lastly, D.C. statehood cannot be achieved with support from the District alone. We need the support of a veto-proof majority of Congress. Part of my job is to go to communities and hold rallies and advocate statehood and ask my supporters to ask their representatives to support statehood for the District. Florence H. Pendleton 147 S St. NW
Special assistant to the assistant superintendent, Division of Junior High Schools for Vocational/Technical Education, D.C. public schools; chairman, D.C. Advisory Neighborhood Commission 5C; alternate delegate, Democratic National Convention, 1980; vice president, secretary, D.C. Association of Secondary School Principals; member, D.C. Democratic State Committee; Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority; national historian and protocol chair, Drifters Inc.; secretary and negotiating team member, Council of School Officers, Local 4, AFL-CIO; educator/administrator, D.C. public schools, 1958 to present; instructor, Morgan State University; chairman, treasurer, Ward 5 Democrats, 1979-87; Metropolitan Citizens Advisory Council; Center City Community Corporation.
My primary responsibility as ("shadow") senator is to serve as an advocate lobbying for statehood for the District of Columbia. My task will be to persuade at least 51 members of the U.S. Senate to support the rights of District residents to enjoy the same representation as taxpaying citizens of any other state; to articulate the need for the District to develop and control its budget based on the needs of its citizens; and to convince prospective supporters that the state of New Columbia will not affect the federal enclave known as Washington, D.C. Finally, as an educator, I see my leadership experiences and training as excellent background for persuading, convincing and guiding others to accept the proposition that statehood for the District of Columbia is right, it's fair, and it's overdue. Political equity is my goal! Harry "Tommy" Thomas Jr. 4003 21 St. NE Age: 29
Program coordinator, Mayor's Youth Leadership Institute; ANC commissioner in Ward 5, 1986-present; president, D.C. Young Democrats, 1987-present; commissioner, D.C. Statehood Compact Commission, 1986-present; member, D.C. Democratic State Committee, 1987-present; board member, Neighborhood Planning Council, 1980-present; board member, D.C. Chapter of NAACP, 1984-present; board member, American Cancer Society, 1986-present; lifelong member, Michigan Park Christian Church; member, Omega Psi Phi fraternity, 1982-present; member, Malcom X Day Committee; volunteer, D.C. Boys' and Girls' Clubs for more than 10 years.
My primary responsibility as a U.S. senator representing the District of Columbia will be to lobby for and ultimately achieve statehood for Washington, D.C. I will monitor and promote the progress of the statehood bill pending before Congress and strongly voice the will of District residents that statehood is an idea whose time has come. Clearly, the District of Columbia meets the standards traditionally required by Congress to become a state. District residents, for example, pay more federal taxes than nine states. Yet D.C. is not a state! The population of D.C. is larger than that of four states. Yet D.C. is not a state! District residents have fought and died in every war since the War of Independence. Yet D.C. is not a state! With the backing of D.C. residents, I will make D.C. the state of New Columbia. ("SHADOW") SEN. REPUBLICAN
Vote for two:
Joan Gillison Minton Francis 1800 Sudbury Rd. NW Age: 67
Management consultant, Francis Inc.; deputy assistant secretary of defense, 1973-76; director of university planning, Howard University, 1979-88; graduate of U.S. Military Academy, 1944; MBA, Syracuse University; Beta Gamma Sigma; trustee emeritus, U.S. Military Academy Association of Graduates; member, board of managers, Washington Historical Society; director, USO-Metropolitan Washington, D.C.; member, National Press Club, Army and Navy Club and VFW Post 7358.
My purpose in seeking election to the U.S. Senate is, first, to determine what we, as Washingtonians, should truly expect from the Congress of the United States, and second, to provide representation of those Washingtonian expectations, interests and concerns with knowledge, intelligence, compassion and sensitivity. To this end, I shall hold a number of public hearings and conduct surveys to hear the voices of Washington telling me what they truly need and want. The voices of Washington must have a bipartisan ring to them to be effective on both sides of the aisle in Congress. Washingtonians must be represented in the Congress by both major political parties if they are to be heard and heeded. As vice chairman of the Republican Party in the District and as a fourth-generation Republican, my voice will be heard and heeded by the GOP.
Joan Gillison 3431 14th St. NW Age: 60
Clinical social worker, D.C. public schools; associate professor, Louisiana State University; assistant professor, Texas Southern University; social worker, D.C. departments of Human Services and Recreation; social worker, Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, American Red Cross, Barney Neighborhood House; board member, Hillcrest Children's Center, Baton Rouge (La.) Youth Services; educated at University of Wyoming, Central State University and Howard University, with BA, master of social work degrees; member, National Association of Social Workers; clinical register, Academy of Certified Social Workers and Licensenced Independent Clinical Social Workers.
The primary responsibilities of service in the U.S. Senate would encompass these major issues: 1) To assist the U.S. delegate to prioritize the needs of the citizens of the District of Columbia, focusing on education, health, crime and law enforcement, employment and economic stability, adequate housing, fair and equitable taxes and sincere concern for the quality of life for all age ranges and ethnic groups. 2) To encourage a tripartite partnership between the Senate, Congress and the D.C. government and to create a positive climate focused on a common cause for the betterment of all. 3) To restore respect, pride and dignity to our nation's capital allowing all American citizens, foreign dignitaries and visitors to traverse our city without apprehension.