WARD 5

Vote for one:

Jeffrey G. Johnson (Republican)

John H. Miles Jr. (Independent)

Harry L. Thomas Sr. (Democrat)

Jeffrey G. Johnson (R)

1409 Hamlin St. NE

Age: 35

Management consultant; while attending Rutgers University, worked with the small business community; born and raised in Ward 5;; worked with Project Head Start and volunteered for community activities; interests include computers and collecting original art.

A: No longer can the city officials ask the citizens of the District to bear the burden of increased taxes without hearing and paying attention to the voices of the people. The people of the District pay some of the highest taxes in the region and are still held down by a mounting and enormous deficit. The city's revenue problems can be brought under control by a thoughtful process of streamlining city bureaucracy. I would use effective and strategic planning to secure necessary resources and to ensure that our goals are met. Management is needed at key links in the city structure. Once city government is on a course of improvement, Congress can be lobbied for the much needed increase in the federal payment. In addition, I would seek and encourage small and large businesses to locate inside the District, instead of out past the Beltway.

John H. Miles Jr. (I)

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Harry L. Thomas Sr. (D)

4003 21st St. NE

Age: 67

Incumbent

Council member, Ward 5; board of directors, Homeless Children's Tutorial Project Inc.; co-chairman, Annual Ward 5 Unity in the Community Day; board of directors, Metropolitan Police Boys and Girls Clubs; community advocate for closing the Capitol City Inn; organizer, Rhode Island Avenue Plaza Tenant Association; supporter, CSX Development Project at the Eckington Rail Yard; co-leader, Edgewood Task Force; sponsor of $50,000 fund-raiser for Dunbar Marching Band uniforms; organizer, beautification and cleanup projects in Ward 5;supporter, Orange Hat Anti-Drug Community Watch groups.

A: No, I do not support an increase in any city taxes to deal with the District's mounting deficit. When examining all options of revenue-generating measures, we recognize that imposition of a tax increase in any proposed area -- personal property, alcoholic beverages, general sales or motor vehicle fuel -- would significantly alter our lifestyles. It would also overburden targeted sectors. While budget analysts for the District have reviewed almost every option -- including expansion of the 6 percent sales tax, I believe that the budget must be considered in areas that would amount to a "trickle down" freeze in spending. Until we have exhausted our proposed remedies in areas of budget reductions through expenditure savings, albeit systemic or programmatic measures, we should not consider taxing the citizens of the city any further. We must also keep in mind that the issue of the D.C. budget crisis is relative to our national financial crisis. In essence, the future of this city is mandated by factors such as Gramm-Rudman and the savings and loan crisis.