Term: 2 Years
QUESTION: What can be done specifically to convince Congress and the President to increase the federal payment and help in dealing with the city's mounting unfunded employee pension liability? DELEGATE Vote for one:
George X Cure (Independent)
David H. Dabney (Independent)
Leon Frederick Hunt (D.C. Statehood)
Eleanor Holmes Norton (Democrat)
Harry M. Singleton (Republican)
George X Cure (I)
4238 Massachusetts Ave. SE
Legal counsel to the Nation of Islam "Dopebusters" program; Howard University law school graduate; BS, African-American Studies, University of Maryland Baltimore County; member, Nation of Islam for more than 10 years; advises community on economic development; hosted radio program, WPFW; drug and education counseling to youth in D.C.
A: The best way for the delegate to improve the relationship between Congress and the city is to obtain independence (statehood) for the District of Columbia. This would terminate the master-slave relationship that exists between the citizens of Washington and the members of Congress. The delegate must be committed to speaking the truth, and challenging a Congress that is hypocritical and applies a double standard for appropriations where the District is concerned. The delegate must truly serve the people and keep them informed.
David H. Dabney (I)
1237 Irving St. NE
Physician-psychiatrist (forensic), MD; Dunbar, 1945; national winner, Elks Oratorical Contest, 1943, "Negro and the Constitution"; BA, Penn.; MD, Howard University; Hospitals: Harlem (Intern), Freedmens, D.C. General, St. Elizabeths, Eastern State (Williamsburg); Corrections: MD (Patuxent, Cedar Knoll), D.C. Jail (Lorton), Calif. (Vacaville); legislative reference service, Library of Congress; registered lobbyist; Congress: volunteer physician-psychiatrist; CCNV (Homeless); listed, "Who's Who in Black America"; S.W. Neighborhood Assembly-Task Force (Youth).
A: Correct 200-year interpretation error of Article 1, Section 8, Paragraph 17 of the Constitution. Congress was not supposed to control D.C. affairs. The Northwest Treaty Ordinance of 1787 introduced the concept of the non-voting delegate in the Continental Congress, but was not ratified by the states since it was never part of the Constitution. In 1800, a mayor and city council were formed in the Federal City, without a non-voting delegate. The petition for territorial status was never made, even though the entire 10 miles square was called "Territory of Columbia." The non-voting delegate should have a vote on the House floor, there being no constitutional barrier. The federal payment should be initiated by the city government and the D.C. delegate and presented to the Congress for payment. It would and should be higher than it has been all of these many years.
Leon Frederick Hunt (DCS)
Requested information not received from candidate.
Eleanor Holmes Norton (D)
10 9th St. SE
Law professor, Georgetown University; Yale Graduate School, Yale Law School, Antioch College; chairman, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 1977-81; member, D.C. Committee on Public Education; Board of Governors, D.C. Bar, 1986-89; member: Community Foundation of Greater Washington, Rockefeller Foundation, Dunbar High School Alumni Association, Planned Parenthood committee to restore Medicaid funding for abortion services, Native Washingtonian Club, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law, A. Phillip Randolph Institute, Workplace Health Fund, and Bethune Museum and Archives.
A: A declining federal payment and the District's unfunded employee pension liability represent a fiscal crisis that must become the first priority of D.C.'s newly elected officials. The solutions to both problems lie with the Congress. The Dellums bill is the most realistic vehicle to increase the federal payment. The bill prescribes a formula of 19.5 percent of local source revenues instead of the present 13 percent. About $60 million would become available, bringing some relief for the $100 million D.C. deficit. Congress mandated retirement plans for District employees before home rule but unfairly passed on the unfunded liability to D.C. residents. Many options exist, such as increasing contributions by some or all parties, but federal responsibility for the problem requires a federal solution. Upon taking office, the mayor, working with the delegate, should convene the appropriate D.C. and congressional officials to find a solution.
Harry M. Singleton (R)
604 Butternut St. NW
Lawyer; president, Harry M. Singleton & Assocs., 1986-90; assistant secretary of education, 1982-86; deputy assistant secretary of commerce, 1981-82; minority chief counsel and staff director, Committee on the District of Columbia, U.S. House of Representatives, 1979-81; deputy minority counsel, 1977-79; lawyer, Covington and Burling, 1976-77; lawyer, Federal Trade Commission, 1975-76; president, Board of Trustees, Barney Neighborhood House; counsel for PLAN TAKOMA and chairman of Committee on Crime; member, corporate board of directors, Children's National Medical Center, board of governors, Washington Chapter Republican National Lawyers Association; listed in Who's Who in Black America and Who's Who in America..
A: An attentive, credible and knowledgeable delegate experienced in the ways of the Hill and the federal establishment is the most effective way to persuade Congress and the president to increase federal assistance to this city. Congress and the president must be reassured that the District is operating efficiently before they are likely to send additional scarce federal dollars. Competent local elected officials and managers are a must to help bring about an effective government. The delegate, building upon this base, must then argue the case at the federal level for additional assistance by assuring a skeptical federal establishment that the District is indeed responsible. Moreover, the delegate must give full time and attention to the affairs of the District. Clearly, the delegate, as part of the national legislature, must devote some time to national and international issues. However, the first priority must be the many problems of the District. Finally, the delegate must be credible; honesty and integrity are important to possess in that regard.