George X Cure, a Nation of Islam member running for D.C. delegate, hopes to shake things up in Congress if he's elected.

"I'm the only candidate who will be able to stand in Congress and fight the kind of battle that is required," said Cure, a former D.C. government employee who served as legal counsel to a group of Muslims that drove drug traffickers from the Mayfair Mansions housing complex in Northeast.

Cure, who in May became part of a Nation of Islam slate of local candidates, is one of three lesser-known contenders vying with Democrat Eleanor Holmes Norton and Republican Harry M. Singleton for the open delegate's seat.

Independent David H. Dabney, a forensic psychiatrist who waged an unsuccessful campaign against Del. Walter E. Fauntroy (D) in 1988, and Leon Frederick Hunt, a Statehood Party candidate, also are running.

Cure says that Congress has been indifferent to the needs of the District. He said he would fight aggressively for statehood and attack drugs and crime using proven models, such as the Muslims' Dopebusters program.

"I think it's deceitful and misrepresents the process to the public to suggest the only way to get something done is to go along to get along," Cure said recently.

"Black people would never have obtained any results during the modern civil rights era had we gone along with {Birmingham police commissioner} Bull Connor and the Klan," he said.

Although he faces an uphill battle for the seat being vacated by Fauntroy, Cure insists that "the city is going to be shocked" by the support he receives.

Voicing a theme espoused by the Nation of Islam, Cure advocates reparations to blacks similar to the payments that Japanese Americans who were interned during World War II will receive under recently enacted legislation.

Cure, 34, has lived in Washington since 1979, and has worked as a manager and lawyer in the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. He lives with his wife, Ann, and their four children in Southeast.

Cure has said that it would be better for a black person to represent the District. In August, he dropped out of the Democratic primary and switched to an independent candidacy, indicating that he was doing so to help ensure the defeat of the only white candidate in the race, D.C. Council member Betty Ann Kane.

Since then, he has had far less visibility as a candidate, according to WAMU radio political analyst Mark Plotkin. Cure represents "the closest thing to an ideological candidate," and the votes he receives will reflect statistically the support for that philosophy, Plotkin said. If Cure gets more than 20 percent of the vote, it will be a political surprise, he said.

Dabney, 63, challenged Fauntroy two years ago, offering a broad legislative agenda for dealing with floods, earthquakes, hunger, disease and homelessness.

In response to a recent Washington Post questionnaire, Dabney said that the only way to persuade Congress and President Bush to increase the federal payment and help in dealing with the city's mounting unfunded employee pension liability is to correct a 200-year error in the interpretation of the U.S. Constitution.

"Congress was not supposed to control D.C. affairs," Dabney said.

". . . The non-voting delegate should have a vote on the House floor, there being no constitutitonal barrier. The federal payment . . . . should be higher than it has been all of these many years."

Hunt, the Statehood Party candidate, could not be reached for comment and did not respond to the Post questionnaire.