Eleanor Johnson

Age: 47

Residence: Adams Morgan.

Education: None given.

Occupation: Artist and consultant.

Elected offices/civic activities: Advisory neighborhood commissioner IC06, 1999-2002; vice president, Reed-Cooke Neighborhood Association; treasurer, Dorchester House Tenant Association; founding member, DC Coalition for Housing Justice; former volunteer office manager, ANC 1C.

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

"Quality public education/strong public schools. Family literacy: reading, science, math and technology. Extension of Rental Housing Act and the Housing Sales Commission Act. Fairness and justice for all residents. Moratorium on highest comparable unit rental increases and rent ceilings. Digital divide."

Why should voters elect you?

"To foster the presentation and revitalization of public education and strong public schools in the District."

Web site:

None given.

E-mail address:

None given.

Keenan Keller

Age: 40

Residence: Mount Pleasant.

Education: BA, international relations, Brown University; JD, Yale University.

Occupation: Senior Democratic counsel, Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. House of Representatives.

Elected offices/civic activities: Ex-officio member, D.C. Democratic State Committee, 2000-present; advisory neighborhood commissioner, ANC District 1E03, 1997-99; member, Bancroft Elementary School Local School Restructuring Team; trustee, National Child Research Center; member, DCPS Bilingual Education Joint Advisory Committee; mayoral appointee, D.C. Police Standards and Training Board; treasurer, Healthy D.C. Foundation; former member, DCPS Volunteerism Taskforce; past gubernatorial appointee, Ohio White House Committee on Children and Youth; former junior warden, St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church; former chairman, Walker Jones Community Health Center Advisory Council; former board member, MFY Legal Services.

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

"The recent progress made by other city agencies has bypassed our public school system. In the face of crumbling schools and stagnant test scores, critical segments of the community have lost confidence and are looking elsewhere for answers. The current board has operated in a crisis mode, fostering this instability and frustrating the best efforts of our local teachers and principals. Through prudent strategic planning, the board must inspire confidence in parents, neighbors, local institutions and other stakeholders. The public school system must earn community support in order to implement innovative solutions, such as limited bonding authority for capital projects."

Why should voters elect you?

"I will meet the challenges facing our public schools with the urgency of a parent and the experience of an attorney and congressional public servant."

Web site:

www.keller2004.com

E-mail address:

keenan@keller2004.com

Christopher McKeon

Age: 45

Residence: Adams Morgan.

Education: BA, Asian history and language, University of California at Berkeley; master's in divinity, Unification Theological Seminary.

Occupation: Education technologist, Harris Corp.

Elected offices/civic activities: None given.

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

"For decades, the school board allowed incompetence and cronyism to build a

failing, dysfunctional school system. About 50 cents of each dollar is vacuumed into the bureaucracy. In August superintendent candidate Carl Cohn felt convinced that corruption and

cronyism is an integral part of the D.C. jobs machine the board intended to

protect. A majority of board members have no children in the schools, and

it shows. As a single parent with our children's education at stake, I have the

relentless courage to push for a new management culture, accountability and academic standards that will bring a renaissance to DCPS."

Why should voters elect you?

"I'll work to build consensus among city leaders and parents to affect

real, measurable reform. Your children have a voice on the board with me."

Web site:

www.chrismckeon.com

E-mail address:

schoolboard@chrismckeon.com

Jeff Smith

Age: 30

Residence: Columbia Heights.

Education: BS, economics, and JD, Howard University; overseas studies, University of Maryland in South Korea.

Occupation: Children's advocate, lawyer.

Elected offices/civic activities: Elected board member, Ward 1 Democrats; member of: Vets for John Kerry, Bruce-Monroe PTA, Association of Cooperative Educators, Sierra Club; alumni member, Washington Post 500 Club.

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

"More than 51 percent of District children starting school this year will never graduate because our schools lack proper support for our effective teachers, an environment that is conducive to learning, effective truancy programs or a system-wide curriculum. Consequently, many parents are being forced to help fund a school system in which they feel uncomfortable enrolling their own children. We can save many of these children and bring families back to DCPS by increasing parental involvement, addressing the low morale within the school system and by reintroducing vocational programs that render children ready for the work force and re-instill respect for hard work."

Why should voters elect you?

"My pledge: Give me 24 months and your vote, and I will replace this attitude of 'business as usual' with one emphasizing 'Children Over Politics'."

Web site:

www.smithforpublicschools.com

E-mail address:

jeff@smithforpublicschools.com