DCNorthstar has been covering uptown meetings and events for nearly four years. During that time, we have learned a lot about how our local elected officials work. Being an effective representative requires a special collection of skills and talents and an amazing level of dedication.
Residents have the privilege to choose a neighbor to help them understand the intricacies of the vast city government. However, it is not easy to learn about the candidates for these local elections before we step into the voting booth.
As we did last election cycle, we invited all the candidates for Advisory Neighborhood Commissions 4A and 4B representing neighborhoods from North Portal Estates to Riggs Park to send us a video or answer a few questions to share their plans and ideas with the community.
We hope that you enjoy and are informed by this series. This video is with Alison Brooks, candidate for ANC 4B08 commissioner. She currently holds this seat.
Hi, my name is Alison Brooks and I’m the current ANC commissioner for (single-member district) 4B08. I’m running for re-election, and I hope to gain your vote.
In my first term as ANC commissioner, I had the opportunity to meet many residents at monthly ANC meetings that are held on the fourth Monday of each month, through walkthroughs in communities, as well as phone calls and emails.
My goal as ANC commissioner in my first term was to reduce quality-of-life concerns for residents throughout the single-member district. I’ve been able to do that by working with the Department of Transportation to address traffic safety concerns along the North Capitol Street corridor and New Hampshire Avenue; by working to have a long-standing request for sidewalks implemented on 3rd Street NE, Northeast; and by working with agencies to reduce dumping and rodent concerns along the Kennedy Street corridor.
My goal in a second term would be to continue to support residents, facilitate requests with agencies, and meet the needs of residents throughout the single-member district.
I also had the opportunity to serve as vice-chair of the commission in my first term, so I actually had the opportunity to run several meetings. I often communicate with residents just by walking through the neighborhoods, by a monthly newsletter that I send out via email and delivered door to door for those residents for whom I do not have an email address. I’m always available via my email address 4B08@anc.dc.gov and by phone.
I look forward to continuing to represent the residents of single-member district 4B08 and to meeting many, many more residents in the coming days. Thank you for the support you’ve provided in my first term, and I hope to continue to earn and deserve your vote in my second term. Thank you very much.