Ray Browne (D)*

Age: 65

Residence: Chevy Chase.

Education: Completed course work in physical education, University of Maryland.

Occupation: Shadow representative.

Elected offices/civic activities: Shadow U.S. representative, 2001-present; ANC commissioner,

1999-2001; Neighborhood Planning Council secretary, 1997-99;

former member, Mayor's Commission on Alcoholism, Mayor's Blue Ribbon Drug Strategy Team; former vice chairman, the Hurt Home.

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

"The most urgent problem facing our city is the lack of representation in the Congress. Because we have no vote, we suffer from a financial imbalance caused by the federal government's presence in our city and its control over our

budget, our legislation and our courts."

Why should voters elect you?

"In the two terms I have served, our office has gained formal support from elected officials across the country and taken that support to Congress."

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Adam Eidinger (STG)

Age: 31

Residence: Adams Morgan.

Education: BA, communications, law, economics and government, American University.

Occupation: Partner, Mintwood Media Collective.

Elected offices/civic activities: Co-chairman, D.C. Statehood Green Party; founder, Committee for Mintwood Place; organizer, Organic Consumers Association, Vote Hemp, Bush Is Taking the Shirts Off Our Backs to Pay for This War Coalition; co-founder, Budget Autonomy Day Coalition; member, United for Peace and Justice, D.C. Critical Mass; Eagle Scout; former organizer, Reclaim the Streets D.C., Mobilization for Global Justice, Open Debate Society, D.C. Independent Media Center, WAG.

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

"Without statehood, D.C. residents will continue to be second-class citizens. We must have voting representation in Congress, oversight of the courts and be able to pass laws that cannot be overturned by representatives from other states. D.C. Statehood is the only guarantor of these rights. Our locally elected officials are not fighting hard enough to gain equal rights for D.C. residents. We need to try new ideas to mobilize District residents for lobbying up on Capitol Hill. With your vote, I pledge to put D.C.'s second-class status in the national spotlight until we become the 51st state."

Why should voters elect you?

"I will organize a citywide holiday on Oct. 1 to encourage the greatest number of people to go to Congress and demand their rights."

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