Local politics, that’s where the action is. I figured that out early on, growing up in Northwest Indiana -- the gritty political culture that can rightly take its place among those of North Jersey, Louisiana and Providence, R.I., for its, um, liveliness (as judged by the activities of federal law enforcement).

I’m also here to make sure that accountability is more than a campaign buzzword, to make sure your public officials are honest, forthright and transparent in doing the people’s business. I’ll try to make note of what they’ve said and what they’ve done, and whether those things match up. When things go wrong, as they always do, I’ll keep an eye on how your government works -- or doesn’t -- to keep your trust.

But I’m also looking to get lots of discussions going about life in the city outside of politics: how our neighborhoods are constantly changing, what it means to be a Washingtonian, and the unique advantages and challenges of life in the District.