ANC Election Season Begins

Although the DC primary election (which is really the general election for most slots) happened just a couple weeks ago, the fall election season has already begun. And part of that is the biennial election of ANC commissioners.

Ballot application became available last week. And three of the current incumbents have already picked them up. That includes Joe Gibbons, Lisa Palmer, and Rick Murphy.

No word yet from the others with the exception of Monica Roaché, who announced last night that she is not seeking a third term. Monica has been a fantastic addition to the ANC and her absence will be a loss. As a fifth generation African American Georgetown resident, Monica brought a critical perspective to neighborhood issues, and GM hopes that even off the commission she will continue to participate in Georgetown’s civic affairs. She will certainly be involved with DC civic affairs though, as she was just elected as an at-large member of the DC Democratic Committee.

In her announcement, Monica endorsed Elizabeth Miller to replace her on the ANC (Miller has also picked up a ballot application). Miller is a familiar face to many around the neighborhood, and if she runs and wins, would bring a good deal of her own civic engagement experience to the job.

Candidates have until August 8th to pick up the applications and get 25 residents from their respective districts to sign the petition. This is always a tricky requirement for the two student districts, as candidates need to be here over the summer and be able to find enough other students living here over the summer (on the right part of the campus) to sign their petition. As a result, half the time the student slots are chosen via a write-in campaign.

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