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Education: BS, economics, University of Pennsylvania; JD, University of Pittsburgh.
Occupation: Member and chair pro tem, D.C. Council.
Elected offices/civic activities: Ward 2 council member, 1991-present, chairman, council Committee on Finance and Revenue, former chairman, council Committee on the Judiciary; Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood commissioner and chairman, 1989-1990; member, East Central Civic Association, Mount Vernon Square Neighborhood Association, Blagden Alley Association, Logan Circle Community Association, Dupont Circle Citizens Association, Sheridan Kalorama/Friends of Mitchell Park, Foggy Bottom Neighborhood Association, Citizens Association of Georgetown, Burleith Citizens Association, Sierra Club Washington chapter and ACLU National Capital Area chapter.
What do you think is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction?
"Increasing affordable housing and neighborhood growth, further reducing the crime rate, ensuring D.C.'s continued fiscal recovery, finding a dedicated funding source for Metro and improving the government's delivery of basic residential services are all urgent issues. However, reform of the D.C. public school system is most critical, since it will be the determining factor of our future success. I have been outspoken on increasing accountability and introducing radical reforms and will continue to do so, since we must fix this problem if we hope to continue D.C.'s renaissance."
Why should voters elect you?
"I have led efforts to reform D.C. government's once disastrous budget and am a tireless advocate for improving delivery of city services to residents."