Kwame R. Brown

DEMOCRAT

Age: 33

Residence: Hillcrest.

Education: BA, marketing, Morgan State University; Advanced Minority Business Executive Program, Dartmouth College.

Occupation: President/chief executive, MD/DC Minority Supplier Development Council.

Elected offices/civic activities: Chair, Committee on Boards and Commissions, Ward 7 Democrats; board member, D.C. Children's Trust Fund; legislative committee co-chair, Hillcrest Civic Association; member, Fully Funding D.C. Public Schools Coalition.

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

"The quality of our public school system is the most important issue facing the District. One-third of District children are born into poverty. Our children are entitled to a quality public education. The dysfunction of our schools currently presents our youth and our residents with no hope, no options and

no opportunities. Until we give our youth hope for the future, keep them in school and graduate them into college or with employable skills, we will continue to fail at reducing crime and revitalizing our neighborhoods. Our children's quality of life will determine our city's future."

Why should voters elect you?

"I am a native Washingtonian who will work full-time, using new energy and new ideas, to bring real solutions to everyday problems facing District residents."

Web site:

www.votekwamebrown.org

E-mail address:

votekwamebrown@aol.com

Harold Brazil

DEMOCRAT *

Age: 55

Residence: Capitol Hill.

Education: BA, JD, Ohio State University; master's in law, Georgetown University.

Occupation: Member, D.C. Council; owner, Brazil and Associates.

Elected offices/civic activities: At-large council member,1996-present, and Ward 6 council member, 1990-1996; board member, National Children's Museum, Kidsafe; member, Metropolitan Police Boys and Girls Club, Kiwanis Club, Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, D.C. Bar, Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian Church.

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

"District families must have a sense that their children will do better than their parents. That is why I work every day to bring business and jobs to the city and make job training available to our residents. That is why I have proposed a $3,000 credit for new homeowners to buy a first home as housing costs skyrocket. It is why our education and health care systems need to be fixed. I know what it is like to grow up in a working family; those are the values that were instilled in me and guide me every day."

Why should voters elect you?

"To make sure they have a voice in our city government that looks after their interests first: housing, jobs, education, health care and safe neighborhoods."

Web site:

www.haroldbrazil.com

E-mail address:

info@haroldbrazil.com

Sam Brooks

DEMOCRAT

Age: 24

Residence: Georgetown.

Education: BA, government, Claremont McKenna College.

Occupation: Owner, Internet marketing business.

Elected offices/civic activities: Member, Human Rights Campaign; member, St. John's Church, Lafayette Square; campaign staff member, Bill Bradley for President, John Edwards for Senate, Charles Schumer for Senate.

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

"The performance of our public schools. Public schools, like so many other issues facing the District, are stuck in a status quo that isn't working. Additionally, while city leaders have quarreled over political control of our school system, they've lost sight of the most important issue of all: the academic achievement of our children. What we need now, in the issue of education and others, is the leadership to end the status quo and provide new, innovative and practical solutions that can effectively face the challenge and move our city forward."

Why should voters elect you?

"Because we can't expect to end the status quo without change. And I'm the only candidate in this race who represents real change."

Web site:

www.electsam.com

E-mail address:

sam@electsam.com