QUESTION: What measures do you propose to curtail crime and drug trafficking in the District?
Vote for one:
John "Peter Bug" Matthews
Nadine P. Winter
Harold Brazil 1228 D St. NE Age: 41
Self-employed attorney; commissioner and budget chairman, D.C. General Hospital; assistant U.S. attorney for the District, 1978-80; counsel to Sen. John Glenn (D-Ohio), 1980-84; manager of government affairs, Potomac Electric Power Co., 1984-90; president, Washington Local Development Corp., 1988-90; board member, Washington Parent Group Fund, Library Theatre and Metropolitan Police Boys and Girls Club; chairman, YMCA Partnership with Youth 1990 campaign; member, American and National bar associations and Washington Urban League; U.S. Navy Aviation Reserve Officer Candidate program, 1968-70; LLM, Georgetown University Law Center, 1978.
I propose adequate funding for the police; targeting drug dealers, killers, and violent and repeat offenders for arrest, prosecution and stiff sentencing, such as a mandatory life sentence for first-degree murder; coordinating federal and local anti-drug efforts; encouraging neighborhood watch programs and citizen patrols; supporting the Metropolitan Police Department's Community Empowerment Program, and insisting on more foot patrols. Let's preserve scarce prison space by better utilizing alternative sentencing mechanisms for youthful and nonviolent offenders -- for example, diversionary programs, electronic monitoring and home detention and community service programs. We must provide adequate drug treatment for those who want to "kick the habit," as well as better drug education and prevention programs for youngsters. In the long run, improving the quality of education and reducing the almost 50 percent school dropout rate in the District will help us curtail crime and drug use. Better recreational facilities and progams also will be very helpful. Bernard A. Gray Sr. 2009 18th St. SE Age: 49
Private law practice; health care finance and administration experience at Georgetown University Hospital; president, Ward 6 Democrats, 1989, treasurer, 1988; active in obtaining police foot patrols in Anacostia, limiting new liquor licenses in Anacostia, removing a 600-bed shelter from the community when it became a public safety issue, obtaining playground equipment and recreational facilities for community schools; working to save small businesses; working to obtain a 70-bed residential treatment center in Anacostia; saving historic houses from demolition; filing suit to enforce and clarify historic preservation laws; working to stop the Pepco generators; and working to improve transportation services.
All of our issues are related: 1) Drugs and crime are linked to economics and employment education and job training. We have to have skills-based and objectives-driven schooling and job training. 2) The tax base. People are leaving the District in increasing numbers. 3) Mental health. There is a pervasive fear of harm to self and loved ones. 4) Public health, especially infant mortality, sexually transmitted diseases, addiction, "boarder babies" and over-strained emergency rooms. 5) Affordable housing in safe communities. We must address all of these issues in effective, coordinated action. I propose adding 100 walking police officers in each ward; having council member and city officials attend monthly community meetings; organizing citizen block-surveillance committees; moving probation and parole staff to the precincts; adding structured after-school and evening programs; increasing night jobs skills educational programs; using prison labor to rehabilitate abandoned housing; and adding 10 more Superior Court judgeships for speedier trials. Calvin Gurley 1622 18th St. SE Age: 36
Financial accountant, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; actively campaigned for a public military school for District youths; president, Fairlawn Civic Association in Anacostia, 1987-88; organizing member, Fairlawn Commission Neighborhood Patrol, assisted in establishing the Benning/Marshall Heights and Southwest Waterside Mall neighborhood patrols; founder, Arthur Capper Public Housing Rent Strike Committee; served on Mayor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Public Housing; active member, Ward 6 Prison Task Force Committee, actively participated with residents in the fight against the Pepco turbine expansion; active participant, Eastern High School's Career Day; joined Chris Herman in the Barney Circle Project.
As a Washingtonian, I have strong appreciation for our city's youth. As your next council member of Ward 6, I will fervently seek a public military school for District youth. This school will enable youth to learn discipline and receive a complete education away from peer pressure. I will get police foot patrols back on neighborhood streets to stop loitering, ensure taxi service into Anacostia and relieve neighborhood patrols so they can use patrol time to reach youth with after-school educational and recreational programs. I strongly support that money and property confiscated in drug arrests should be returned directly to that area of arrest in the form of drug education and prevention, overtime for police and recreation for our youth. I will push to repair, equip and open new recreation centers, push students to complete school and bring to the city real entry-level jobs with promotional potential. And I will immediately designate the old Glen Dale Hospital in Maryland as the city's drug rehabilitation treatment center. John "Peter Bug" Matthews 307 11th St. SE Age: 41
Director, "Peter Bug" Shoe Repair Academy; graduate, Federal City College; native Washingtonian; board of directors, Eastern Market Preservation and Development Corp.; member, D.C. State Committee; delegate, Democratic National Convention; mason, Prince Hall Masons of Washington, D.C.; Dedicated Community Service Award, 1990; Malcolm X Award for Outstanding Vocational Training for Youth, 1989; Industrial Business Award, 1987; mayor's proclamation designating May 19 "Peter Bug's Children Day;" in recognition of drug prevention efforts, appeared on: "City Under Siege," "Nightline," "Murder Capital of the World" and "The Cathy Hughes Show."
The following are issues on which my campaign is focused, and my proposals for the future development of Ward 6: Increase and improve community and youth development programs; support full funding for the public schools and establish a testing system for teacher development as a means of combating the high drop-out rate; establish a new drug treatment program focused on the addict's social and psychological needs; draft legislation to establish drug treatment facilities for minors; promote the establishment of drug education programs in public schools; develop programs to handle substance abuse among residents in the Department of Corrections; increase police foot patrol in high crime and drug areas; promote development of Community Watch programs and develop a means of adequate funding for them; promote the use of public school facilities for after-school recreational and educational programs; establish parental counseling programs; expand and establish vocational training programs for youths; expand truancy prevention and enforcement program. Dwight Prophet 1807 E St. NE
Questionnaire not received from candidate Nadine P. Winter 1100 K St. NE Age: 50 something Incumbent
Chairman pro tempore, D.C. Council; chairperson, Committee on Public Works; member, Committees on Education and Libraries, Public Services, Recreation and Parks, and Government Operations; member, Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments, National League of Cities and National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials; delegate, World Congress of Local Governments for a Sustainable Future; founding director, Hospitality House Inc.; BA, Brooklyn College; MA, Federal City College.
I will continue aggressive legislative action in this area. I drafted and guided through the D.C. Council legislation to rewrite District law regarding dangerous drugs. The Omnibus Narcotic and Abusive Drug Interdiction Act, D.C. Law 8-138, establishes mandatory sentences for persons who distribute cocaine, heroin, crack or "ice"; creates the crime of operating a "crack house," which carries a minimum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of $500,000; enhances provisions for the forfeiture of drug-related assets; provides the U.S. Park Police with narcotics search warrants, and establishes a special fund for seized drug-related assets. I have championed funding to hire additional police officers and expanded foot patrols, to construct a jail downtown and to expand drug treatment. I will continue to demand greater resources for drug reduction, education and treatment, backed by a funding component of equal or greater magnitude for law enforcement and criminal justice programs along with the expansion of citizen patrol, neighborhood watch and roving leader programs.