GM has learned that Ron Lewis, who has served as the ANC chair for years, will not seek reelection this year. Ron has been a commissioner since 2006, representing upper western Georgetown.
Ron has played an instrumental role in many of the central issues that pertain to the ANC and the community. He was central to the ultimately successful negotiation with the university over the last campus plan. And he continued to be very active with the newly formed Georgetown Community Partnership committees that were formed as a result of the settled plan.
GM has also learned that Joe Gibbons is going to run for Ron’s seat and has earned his support. Joe lives right around the corner from GM and GM couldn’t be more thrilled that he is stepping forward into Ron’s shoes. Joe and his wife Hillary moved here from Chicago a few years ago and have quickly become active in a wide variety of groups and activities. In particular, Joe has been very involved in the Historic Preservation and Zoning committee of the Citizens Association of Georgetown. Moreover, Joe and Hillary’s son Freddie teaches Kindergarten at Hyde-Addison.
GM’s sorry to see Ron go, especially with Tom Birch also stepping down this year. That is an enormous amount of institutional knowledge that leaves with them. But having someone like Joe step up with maintain the continuity of professionalism that characterizes the ANC.