QUESTION: What measures do you propose to curtail crime and drug trafficking in the District?
Vote for one:
Richard M. Landis
Frank Smith Jr. Richard Landis 2800 Ontario Rd. NW Age: 42
Attorney in private practice; chairman, Ward 1 Metro Action Committee; president, Family Division of Trial Lawyers Association, D.C. Superior Court; board member, Edward C. Mazique Parent Child Center; member, Washington Urban League, NAACP, Community Service Committee of D.C. Jewish Community Center, Ward 1 Council, 3rd District Police Citizens Advisory Council, Pleasant Plains Citizens Association and Kalorama Citizens Association; Ward 1 representative to D.C. Democratic State Committee, 1986-88; hearing examiner, D.C. Commission on Human Rights, 1983-85.
To curtail crime and drug trafficking in the District, we must: 1) support education and prevention programs in our schools, including courses that teach conflict-resolution skills, starting at the elementary school level so young people will learn to resolve differences without resorting to violence; 2) have stiffer penalties for violent crime; 3) improve the shelter system for the homeless to encourage and enable individuals and families to get back on their feet; 4) provide drug and alcohol treatment programs upon request; 5) support increased police and community involvement through community-based policing and neighborhood watch and patrol programs; 6) keep our public schools open for youth, families and seniors after school and weekends; 7) return our playgrounds to our children by returning supervisory recreational personnel to playgrounds with assistance of reserve police officers; and 8) pass a bottle deposit law with returns to recycling centers to rid our public spaces of broken glass and begin to change values and attitudes regarding trash (remember, drug dealers want trash on the ground to hide contraband). Frank Smith Jr. 2904 18th St. NW Age: 48 Incumbent
Member, D.C. Council, Ward 1, 1982-present, chairman, Committee on Public Services, and member, Committees on Housing and Economic Development, Public Works and Consumer and Regulatory Affairs; chairman, D.C. Commission on Baseball; board member, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, chairman, Subcommittee on Pensions and Retirement; vice president, Council of Governments of the Greater Washington Area; member, D.C. Board of Education, 1978-82; ANC chairman; fellow, Institute for Policy Studies; PhD in urban planning, Union Graduate School; BA in political science, Morehouse College; board member, Community of Hope, married, with three children.
Drug trafficking and the rising crime problem must be addressed through tougher enforcement of the current laws. We must also focus on prevention of drug use through early education of our children on the danger of drug abuse. In the enforcement area, I believe the federal enforcement agencies must work closely with local police to increase their effectiveness. Locally, I advocate full funding for the police force, allowing it to increase its ranks to 5,200. I also advocate foot patrols for the neighborhoods. In addition, the penalties for drug users and traffickers must be stronger and consistently applied. However, the crime rate and rise in drug-related crimes are merely symptoms of our modern society. I have always strongly believed and supported education. We must provide educational opportunities for all people so that they will be able to become useful, productive and happy members of society.