STATEHOOD GREEN *
Residence: Adams Morgan.
Education: BA, communications, law, economics and government, American University.
Occupation: Partner, Mintwood Media Collective.
Elected offices/civic activities: Co-chairman, D.C. Statehood Green Party; founder, Committee for Mintwood Place; organizer, Organic Consumers Association, Vote Hemp, Bush Is Taking the Shirts Off Our Backs to Pay for This War Coalition; co-founder, Budget Autonomy Day Coalition; member, United for Peace and Justice, D.C. Critical Mass; Eagle Scout; former organizer, Reclaim the Streets D.C., Mobilization for Global Justice, Open Debate Society, D.C. Independent Media Center, WAG.
What do you think is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction?
"Wthout statehood, D.C. residents will continue to be second-class citizens. We must have voting representation in Congress, oversight of the courts and be able to pass laws that cannot be overturned by representatives from other states. D.C. Statehood is the only guarantor of these rights. Our locally elected officials are not fighting hard enough to gain equal rights for D.C. residents. We need to try new ideas to mobilize District residents for lobbying up on Capitol Hill. With your vote, I pledge to put D.C.'s second-class status in the national spotlight until we become the 51st state."
Why should voters elect you?
"I will organize a citywide holiday on Oct. 1 to encourage the greatest number of people to go to Congress and demand their rights."