'S.S.' (Sandra Seegars)

DEMOCRAT

Age: 53

Residence: Congress Heights.

Education: Ballou High School; studied accounting, U.S. Department of Agriculture Graduate School.

Occupation: Retired accountant; retired private investigator.

Elected offices/civic activities: Chairperson, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 8E, 2003-present;

commissioner, D.C. Taxicab Commission; second vice president, Ward 8 Democrats; president, National Women of Achievement; publisher and editor, "One Page at a Time" newsletter; member, Metropolitan Women's Democratic Club, Stand Up for Democracy in D.C., American Civil Liberties Union, AARP, Metropolitan Police 7th District Citizens Advisory Council, Coalition to Save Greater Southeast Community Hospital, Ballou High School Stop the Violence Committee, Save Our City; plaintiff, lawsuit to preserve Second Amendment rights for District residents.

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

"The lack of leadership, apathy of residents toward the electoral process, crime, a judicial system that doesn't work, and legislative and executive bodies that can't create programs to deter criminals. The demise of family values. Interloping of the government as it pertains to parents, teachers, police and other authoritative figures disciplining minors. A lack of vocational trade, skill training, on-the-job training, the First Source Agreement, job placement and jobs. The skyrocketing prices for purchasing or renting property and the government and builders' interpretation of what is 'affordable housing.' "

Why should voters elect you?

"I do more than just show up! I have dealt with/solved issues from AIDS to zoning. I have experience in legislation, budgets and people."

Web site:

None given.

E-mail address:

None given.

Frank Sewell

DEMOCRAT

Did not respond.

Jacque D. Patterson

DEMOCRAT

Age: 39

Residence: Shipley Terrace.

Education: Graduate, DC Agenda Neighborhood College; BS, workforce education and development, Southern Illinois University; MA, public administration, Central Michigan University; PhD candidate, Howard University.

Occupation: Master sergeant, U.S. Air Force Reserve; former policy analyst, D.C. Department of Health.

Elected offices/civic activities: Chairman, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 8B07; Ward 8 committeeman and sergeant of arms, D.C. Democratic State Committee; member, Ward 8 Democrats; volunteer reserve officer, 7th District Metropolitan Police Department; member, Lydia House Board of Directors; member, D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board; former board member, East of the River Community Development Corp.; member, Ward 8 Tennis Council; member, D.C. Bicycle Advisory Council.

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

"Ward 8 is experiencing a major public safety crisis. Protecting the community is a fundamental responsibility of government, a critical measurement of our quality of life, and a key to reviving Ward 8. Two years ago, I volunteered to serve as a reserve Metropolitan Police Department officer so I could learn firsthand the strengths and weaknesses of our police department. The primary failing I identified was that police and members of our commmunity do not work together. As your council member, I will make public safety a top priority and make community-oriented policing a reality in Ward 8."

Why should voters elect you?

"Residents deserve more than rhetoric and rallies from their council member. I'm a leader with the commitment and skills to make government work for Ward 8."

Web site:

www.votejacquepatterson.com

E-mail address:

jacquedpatterson@yahoo.com

Marion Barry

DEMOCRAT

Age: 68

Residence: Hillsdale.

Education: BS, chemistry, LeMoyne-Owen College; MS, chemistry, Fisk University; PhD candidate, University of Tennessee.

Occupation: Consultant, M.R. Beal & Co., investment bankers.

Elected offices/civic activities: Mayor, Washington, D.C., 1979-1991 and 1995-1999; Ward 8 member, 1993-1995, and at-large member, 1975-1978, D.C. Council; member, D.C. Board of Education, 1971-1974; tutor, second-grade students; volunteer, several outreach programs; member, Union Temple Baptist Church.

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

"It is impossible to name one pressing problem in Ward 8. Ward 8 has a multitude of pressing problems: education, a poorly run school system, lack of affordable housing, the highest unemployment rate in the city, an inadequate health care system, streets and alleys that are the dirtiest in the city and no one on the present city council fighting hard enough to turn these problems around. I would like Ward 8 to be the best in the city. In terms of things that are bad, we have the highest unemployment rate and the highest cancer rate."

Why should voters elect you?

"Ward 8 needs someone to fight for them. God gave me a gift of vision and courageous leadership. None of the other candidates has this."

Web site:

None.

E-mail address:

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R. Joyce Scott

DEMOCRAT

Age: 51

Residence: Congress Heights.

Education: Business certificate, Brookwein School of Business.

Occupation: Resident manager, Crawford-Edgewood Managers Inc.

Elected offices/civic activities: Former Ward 8 advisory neighborhood commissioner, 1982-1984;

board member, Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative; board member, Anacostia Coordinating Council; member, Save Greater Southeast Community Hospital; founder, Ward 8 Democrats Intergenerational Red and White Ball; former chairperson, Ward 8 Democrats finance and fundraising committee.

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

"Decent, affordable health care and public safety. Too many city residents have fallen through the cracks of the new health care system implemented by the mayor and city council. And with the rise in violent crimes, we need a trauma center at Greater Southeast Community Hospital. Public safety is a real issue, youth black-on-black crime is out of control and of no real urgency to the elected body as long as it's not his or her child. If the schoolhouse is no longer safe, and seniors are living in fear, who cares?"

Why should voters elect you?

"Raised east of the river, with over 25 years of proven community services. I will work to enhance the quality of life for all people."

Web site:

None given.

E-mail address:

None given.

William O. Lockridge

DEMOCRAT *

Age: 54

Residence: Washington Highlands.

Education: BS, education, Tennessee State University.

Occupation: Member, D.C. Board of Education.

Elected offices/civic activities: District 4 Board of Education member, 2000-present; former chairperson, Advisory Neighborhood Commission, 1984-1997; chairman, Neighborhood Planning Council for Youth, 1984-1993; co-founder, Washington Metropolitan Minority Contractors Association; past president, Alabama Avenue Renaissance Task Force, Simon Elementary School Parent Teacher Student Association, Ward 8 Democrats; former board member, Action to Rehabilitate Community Housing.

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

"I believe that the most urgent issue facing Ward 8 is economic development and the lack of a systemic plan that embodies a holistic approach that includes the development of Ward 8's human capital. Any effort in Ward 8 must be coupled with a strong human capital development that involves a comprehensive education plan, job and career training, a healthy living environment and programs that are specifically geared to link economic progress with human capital development. We must have affordable housing, affordable rental stock and opportunities for local small disadvantaged businesses."

Why should voters elect you?

"I am a committed, dedicated, qualified public servant who has served the Ward 8 community for over 23 years. I listen and am accessible."

Web site:

None given.

E-mail address:

None given.

Sandy (Sandra) Allen

DEMOCRAT *

Age: 60

Residence: Washington Highlands.

Education: Currently attending Southeastern University.

Occupation: Member, D.C. Council.

Elected offices/civic activities: Ward 8 council member, 1996-present, chairman, council Committee on Human Services, member, council Committee on Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, Committee on Public Services and Committee on Public Works and the Environment; advisory neighborhood commissioner, 1984-1992; member, Anacostia Coordinating Council, Allen Chapel AME Church, Fairlawn Civic Association, Friends of the D.C. Commission for Women, Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, Native Washingtonian Club, Ward 8 Democrats; board member, High Tea Society of Washington, Town Hall Education Art and Recreation Center; former member, Community Equity Empowerment Partnership, Metropolitan Women's Democratic Club.

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

"There is no single most urgent problem facing my jurisdiction; however, we, like other city residents, are experiencing the lack of local income-producing opportunities, adequate as well as affordable health care, fair and equal justice, quality education and affordable housing."

Why should voters elect you?

"I am the best candidate in this upcoming election. I have a history of being a committed, open and accessible fourth-generation Washingtonian."

Web site:

www.sandyallen2004.com

E-mail address:

sandy@sandyallen2004.com