Term: 2 Years
QUESTION: Specifically, how would you go about lobbying Congress for D.C. statehood? Vote for one:
Tom Chorlton (D.C. Statehood)
Howard Lamar Jones (Republican)
Charles J. Moreland (Democrat)
Tom Chorlton (DCS)
1742 Massachusetts Ave. SE
Editor and publisher, District Council Journal; chairman, Citizens Statehood Lobby, and registered lobbyist with the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives for D.C. statehood; at-large candidate for D.C. Council, 1988; master's degree in government administration; officer, D.C. Statehood Party; officer, D.C. Statewide Health Coordinating Council, 1980-85; former staff member to U.S. Rep. Melvin Price (D-Ill.); former teacher in Kenya for the Peace Corps; president, Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, 1981-82; twice arrested in protests at the South African Embassy; executive director, National Association of Gay and Lesbian Democratic Clubs, 1982-86; local government specialist, St. Louis Area Council of Governments, 1976-77.
A: As the Statehood representative to Congress I would pursue our collective goal on three fronts. First, I would continue to expand congressional co-sponsorship for the D.C. Statehood Bill (HR 51) by contacting my colleagues in the House one by one. In this process, I would draw upon my prior staff experience with a senior member of Congress and I would seek the assistance of the volunteer Statehood lobbyists I helped to organize 16 months ago. As I identify potential supporters on Capitol Hill, I would then turn to Statehood allies within their home districts in order to mobilize grass-roots constituent pressure. Progressive organizations based here in Washington have already provided valuable contacts across the country. And, throughout my term, I would also work closely with our two Statehood senators to increase the awareness and involvement of our fellow citizens here in the District. Ultimately, we must stand together and demand democracy at home, too!
Howard Lamar Jones (R)
1809 Shepherd St. NW
Clinical psychologist, D.C. Public Schools; doctorate, George Washington University; MS, Howard University; BS, University of Houston; Tavistock group analysis training, London; former professorial lecturer, American University; executive director, Urban Professional Associates, 1974-75; former director of clinical services, Washington Urban League; former clinical psychologist, D.C. Department of Corrections; consultant to D.C. Superior Court, Baltimore city jail, Prince George's County Public Schools, and Department of Health and Human Services; member, Board of Directors, Hillcrest Children Center; former board member, Black Child Development Institute, and Council for Exceptional Children; precinct 47 chairman for the D.C. Republican Committee.
A: Statehood is not possible without the support of both political parties. I would meet with the leadership of both parties in Congress to determine how best to approach statehood. I would also meet with the chairmen and ranking minority members of the appropriate committees on District affairs. I would meet with congressional representatives of areas adjacent to D.C. to elicit their support. Throughout this process, I would maintain contact with key persons in the executive branch, keeping them abreast of developments. I would prepare and send informational literature to key political leaders in various states and encourage them to contact their congressional representatives in support of D.C. statehood. Given the opportunity to speak to business and labor groups, I would encourage them to also contact their congressional representatives. Educational sessions would be provided to many national groups on the issues of statehood.
Charles J. Moreland (D)
3009 Hillcrest Dr. SE
Lobbyist, Charles Moreland and Associates; JD, Antioch School of Law; private law practice, 1980-84; member, District of Columbia Statehood Mission Team; founder and board chairman, D.C. Self-Determination Awards Committee; director of local affairs, D.C. Voting Rights Services Corp.; author of nationally published article "Let Washington Speak"; legislative counsel, National Alliance of Postal and Federal Employees, 1980-84; directed lobbying effort for District Cablevision, 1984-86; congressional liaison, Young Democrats of America, 1983-85; program coordinator, Youth Pride Inc., 1970-72; president, D.C. Young Democrats.
A: Our United States Constitution does not require us to passively accept a system of government that denies us every fundamental right that is essential to democracy. For more than a decade, our citizens have pleaded with the Congress in as humble and dutiful a manner as citizens can. Yet the consistent conduct of Congress confirms that there is a regular and systematic plan to deny us the right of full self-government, and to practice on us taxation without representation. The core of any plan to make D.C. statehood a reality must be an education campaign (local, national and international). We would produce literature, stage events and take positions designed to compel serious debate on the D.C. statehood issue. We would encourage the development of a serious local movement, organize our friends and supporters in key congressional districts and engage in direct lobbying efforts with members of Congress.