Kent C. Boese, the chairman of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1A, said Saturday that he will challenge Ward 1 D.C. Council member Brianne K. Nadeau in the 2018 Democratic primary.
Boese, a 52-year-old law librarian, is the second Democrat to oppose the first-term lawmaker. He said he is running because he feels that Nadeau has shown “a level of disengagement” in addressing residents’ concerns.
“That disengagement creates a gap between constituents and the council,” Boese said. “I want to be problem-solving in the community because then you gain a better understanding of how it’s functioning and not functioning.”
Lori E. Parker, a former magistrate judge in D.C. Superior Court, announced her candidacy for the Ward 1 seat June 19. She is also campaigning on a promise to improve constituent services in the ward.
In overwhelmingly Democratic Washington, winning the Democratic primary is tantamount to winning the general election.
Boese, who has served for four years as the chairman of the local ANC and for the three previous years as secretary, said that the “strongest differentiator” between him and the other candidates is his record of engagement with the community.
“I have a strong record that supports what I’m trying to achieve on a larger level,” Boese said. “I’ve worked on issues including public safety, development, school modernization and preservation of historic spaces.”
Ward 1 includes Adams Morgan, Columbia Heights, Mount Pleasant, Pleasant Plains, LeDroit Park and portions of the Shaw neighborhood. Boese said he is generally optimistic about the development boom sweeping the ward but wants to make sure new projects do not come at the price of eradicating neighborhood history.
“I see change as an opportunity to preserve the best of our community and find opportunities to improve the areas that are underperforming,” he said.
Boese, who grew up in Illinois, has lived with his husband in Park View for more than a decade. He earned a master’s in library and information science from Catholic University.