DEMOCRAT * *
Education: BA, English and economics, Oberlin College; JD, Howard University.
Occupation: Member, D.C. Council.
Elected offices/civic activities: Ward 4 council member, 2001-present, co-chairman, council Special Committee on a Comprehensive Housing Strategy, member, council Committee on Economic Development, Committee on Education, Libraries and Recreation, Committee on Public Services and Subcommittee on Human Rights, Latino Affairs and Property Management; commissioner and treasurer, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4C, 1999-present; member, Eleanor Holmes Norton's Commission on Black Men and Boys; former legislative director, Ward 4 Democrats; former board member, Lamond-Riggs Recreation Center; former member, Friends of the Upshur Recreation Center.
What do you think is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction?
"The District needs to improve the services we provide our youth. As a native Washingtonian, I have seen juvenile crime spiraling, and there has been insufficient response from the management of the police. We need a comprehensive approach that coordinates social services agencies with schools, strengthens public schools from pre-kindergarten to the superintendent, provides more supervised recreational activities and after-school programs and works to keep youths away from crime and gangs. I applaud the council's acceptance of my proposal to close Oak Hill Youth Center in reforming our juvenile justice system, which will help ensure that rehabilitation supersedes incarceration."
Why should voters elect you?
"I have worked to deliver what Ward 4 residents want: improved city services; clean, safe neighborhoods; economic development, and better communication between government and residents."