Kevin P. Chavous

DEMOCRAT *

Age: 48

Residence: Hillcrest.

Education: BA, political science, Wabash College; JD, Howard University.

Occupation: Member, D.C. Council; partner, Sonnenschein, Nath and Rosenthal law firm.

Elected offices/civic activities: Ward 7 council member, 1993-present.

What do you think is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction?

"Education is by far the most pressing issue facing residents of Ward 7, as well as the District of Columbia. As chair of the Council's Committee on Education, Recreation and Libraries, I have fought hard to increase the amount of resources available to local schools to ensure that every child has a quality education."

Why should voters elect you?

No response given.

Web site:

www.kevinpchavous.com

E-mail address:

reelectchavous@hotmail.com

Vincent C. Gray

DEMOCRAT

Age: 61

Residence: Hillcrest.

Education: BA, psychology, George Washington University; completed courses for MA, clinical psychology, George Washington University.

Occupation: Executive director, Covenant House Washington.

Elected offices/civic activities: Chairperson, Ward 7 Democrats; member, Hillcrest Civic Association; member and committee chair, D.C. Democratic State Committee; vice chair, Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative.

What do you think is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction?

"Lack of leadership resulting in many other problems. Ward 7 and its residents deserve full-time attention, responsive leadership and excellent constituent services. Ward 7 needs a council member who will craft, advocate for and implement solutions to the difficult issues that affect the lives of its residents. Throughout my career, I have led and worked collaboratively with others to make available programs and services to improve life for D.C. residents. Lastly, a council member's office should always provide excellent customer service to its constituents. Sadly, that has not been the case in Ward 7. It is time for a change."

Why should voters elect you?

"As a native Washingtonian, my love for this city runs deep. I am committed to working full time to improve the quality of its residents' lives."

Web site:

www.vincegrayward7.com

E-mail address:

info@vincegrayward7.com

James (JJ-Jimmy) Johnson

DEMOCRAT

Age: 59

Residence: Marshall Heights.

Education: Attended Federal City College.

Occupation: Freelance private investigator.

Elected offices/civic activities: Captain, Ward 7 Democrats precinct 104; second vice chair, Metropolitan Police 6th District Citizen Advisory Council; founding member, Democracy First; member, Statehood Solidarity Committee; publisher of a Ward 7 community newsletter; founder and director, Complaint and Resolution Center; advocate for public safety, public schools, seniors and voters' rights.

What do you think is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction?

"We have no representation or voice at the present. The city council ignored the people's vote to limit the terms of all council persons. Our officials don't speak for us and act as though the words corruption and conspiracy do not exist. They do exist, and are active in this ward and city. Public safety, justice and the school system are mockeries in this ward and city. We must elect good people from our own. Hire them first. Let us prove we can hire and elect a person without letting the media or money decide for us."

Why should voters elect you?

"Ward 7 citizens should elect Jimmy because he is their key to this city; they will have full participation, just procedures and their rights protected."

Web site:

None given.

E-mail address:

complaintcenter@comcast.net

Donna E. Daniels

DEMOCRAT

Age: 40

Residence: Fort Dupont.

Education: Certifications in collections, accounting, information technology and management.

Occupation: At-home mom.

Elected offices/civic activities: Volunteer, Crime Stoppers Club; former teacher's aide, D.C. public schools; volunteer, Save Our City mayoral recall effort.

What do you think is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction?

"The high levels of crime by way of car thefts. Affordable housing, low-income communities, hospital."

Why should voters elect you?

"I'm going to stand for the community, fight and assist the community to advocate and speak for themselves, while our needs are important."

Web site:

None given.

E-mail address:

mlwilliams20002002@yahoo.com

Mary D. Jackson

DEMOCRAT

Age: 63

Residence: Marshall Heights.

Education: Business management, Martha Washington Vocational School.

Occupation: Retired senior computer microfilm specialist.

Elected offices/civic activities: Member, Advisory Neighborhood Commission, 1988-present; president and founder, Grandparents on the Move; former board member, Boarder Baby Project; panelist, Children's Hospital study on children's injuries; certified court-appointed advocate for children, D.C. Superior Court; former member, D.C. Democratic Women's Club; former committee member, D.C. Addiction Prevention and Recovery Administration; former board member, Marshall Heights Community Development Organization; Ward 7 chairperson, (HUD) D.C. Empowerment Zones/Enterprise Communities; former board member, old U.S. Senate Staff Club.

What do you think is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction?

"This city has been so eager to promote its economic renaissance downtown that it has forgotten the No. 1 issue: public safety. In budget crises, the first item to get cut is the money to our police. The criminal element knows where to take up shop in our neighborhoods. The lack of money to pay for overtime, redeployment of officers from high-crime areas to protect downtown, public safety needs to be balanced protection throughout the city. If this city put as much money into public safety as it has invested in economic development, we all would benefit."

Why should voters elect you?

"Voters should elect me because I've been there for them when others weren't. Fought for their rights, helped protect our youth, seniors, schools and neighborhoods."

Web site:

None given.

E-mail address:

rock20019@yahoo.com

Mia Hairston-Hamilton

DEMOCRAT

Age: 65

Residence: Fort Dupont.

Education: Attended District of Columbia Teachers College, Trinity College.

Occupation: Health information assistant, Kaiser Permanente.

Elected offices/civic activities: Member, AARP; former volunteer, NAACP, D.C. public schools and D.C. Board of Education; attends Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church.

What do you think is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction?

"The most urgent issue facing Ward 7 is juvenile crime. Violent crime has taken the lives of 17 children in the District this year alone, the lion's share of which occurred in Ward 7. Our children are being shot, stabbed, beaten and poisoned. They are both victims and perpetrators of crime. This epidemic has left residents feeling unsafe in their communities and homes and children within their schools. Ward 7 has seen soaring increases in child-related homicides, stolen cars and burglarized homes. Crime is dashing the hopes of our children and any chance of economic development for Ward 7."

Why should voters elect you?

"Like you, I have said, 'Enough is enough.' I will lead us back to sound, sensible and practical policies that put people and communities first."

Web site:

None given.

E-mail address:

votemia@hotmail.com