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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Edgewood: Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) Elections

One only has to look around the neighborhood to know that election season is in full swing and that includes the elections for new ANC commissioners around the city. In the past couple of months ANC 5C has been very visible to the rest of the city and now there is the opportunity to vote on its makeup. I have heard from one candidate for ANC 5C about posting their statement on the blog and have agreed to post a statement from anyone running for ANC 5C in which part of their SMD is in Edgewood.

If you want to run for ANC commissioner for your SMD there is still time - you must pick up your nominating petition from DCBOEE and get at least twenty-five valid signatures from your SMD with your Declaration of Candidacy and Affidavit of Qualifications by September 3, 2010.

Here is how to run for ANC from the DC Board of Elections and Ethics if you are interested:

Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) Elections

Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs) are neighborhood-based boards that may advise the District’s elected officials and other government with respect to all proposed matters of District government policy, including decisions regarding planning, streets, recreation, social service programs, health, police protection, and sanitation in their neighborhood area. (D.C. Official Code § 1-309.10).

ANCs are subdivided into smaller communities, each consisting of approximately 2,000 residents, called single- member districts (SMDs). There are 37 ANCs and 286 SMDs. ANCs range in size from two single-member districts to twelve single-member districts, depending on the size of the neighborhood.

Each SMD is represented on an ANC by an ANC Commissioner. The ANC Commissioner is an unsalaried official who is nominated and elected in a nonpartisan election by the registered voters who reside in the same SMD as the candidate. The term of office for an elected ANC Commissioner is two years.

The Board provides a variety of materials, including a map of the SMD and a list of registered voters, to make it as easy as possible for ANC candidates to have their names placed on the ballot. Please call our Voter Services Office at 202-727-2525 for details.

Here are the qualifications needed to run:

Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner

Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners advise the District government on matters of public policy including decisions regarding planning, streets, recreation, social services programs, health, safety, and sanitation in their respective neighborhood commission areas. To hold the office of Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner from a Single-Member District, an individual must meet the following qualifications (D.C. Official Code § 1-309.05):

1) Be a registered qualified elector in the District actually residing in the Single-Member District from which he or she is elected
2) Have resided in the Single-Member District continuously for the 60-day period immediately preceding the day on which the nominating petition is filed
3) Hold no other elected public office

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