QUESTION: What measures do you propose to curtail crime and drug trafficking in the District?
Vote for one:
Jim Nathanson Jim Nathanson 3606 Norton Pl. NW Age: 57 Incumbent
Member, D.C. Council committees on Judiciary, Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, Education and Libraries and Public Services; chair, D.C. Council Task Force on the Reorganization of UDC; member, Metropolitan Council of Governments Board, vice president, Transportation Planning Board and Committee on Noise Abatement; volunteer representative payee, AARP legal counsel for the elderly; veteran teacher, D.C. public schools; attorney; board member, Ellington School of the Arts, D.C. Center for Citizen Education in the Law and Cleveland Park Historical Society; executive council, George Washington University Law Alumni Association; Harvard Club Schools Committee; BA, Harvard; JD, MA, George Washington University; National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, Georgetown.
A multi-pronged approach -- education, economic opportunity, law enforcement and treatment -- focused on both supply and demand is necessary to curtail drug trafficking and related criminal activity. Education must both pervasively impart all negative impacts of drug use and develop in our young a sense of self-worth and hope for the future. Equal economic opportunity must become a reality so that educational attainment is not useless. Everyone must have realizable aspirations, not only to work in, but to own the store. Consistent and pervasive law enforcement is the key to eliminating supply. Increased police personnel -- preventive visibility -- is the means to destroy existing drug markets, keep new markets from forming and eliminate criminal activity. There must be zero tolerance of drug activity. Treatment must be readily available to all. Treatment dollars budgeted by the D.C. Council must be used by the executive. WARD 3 REPUBLICAN
Vote for one:
Julie Finley Julie Finley 3221 Woodland Dr. NW Age: 53
Northwest D.C. resident since 1956; married, with two sons in college; former trustee and board chair, Beauvoir School; former trustee, The Potomac School; board member, Childrens Hearing and Speech Center, 1974-present; corporate board member, Childrens National Medical Center, 1984-89; board member, Project Match Inc.; volunteer, Meals on Wheels; area coordinator, Anderson for President, 1980; member D.C. Republican Committee, 1984-present; 12th Precinct Republican Chair, 1984-present; endorsed by the D.C. Republican Committee for D.C. Council from Ward 3.
Drug education and treatment programs are essential. So are stronger penalties for drug dealers, who should be imprisoned a minimum of 25 years on a first offense, with no parole; for the second offense, the penalty should be 50 years, with no ifs, ands or buts. We should increase police patrols and maintain a routine and steady police presence in neighborhoods, particularly those that presently serve as drug markets. We need to support traditional family values and ethics, and elect to public office those who can serve honestly as good role models for our young people. And for our children, our greatest treasure, we need to provide a school environment that is a source of pleasure and excitement in the best sense. Much goes back to money. Guess what we need. We need to manage what we already have so that Washington's compassionate constituency can honor its commitments.