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 Stacey Lincoln, candidate for ANC 4A02 commissioner. He currently holds this seat.
Bio: I am a two-term elected Commissioner representing Shepherd Park, Single Member District (SMD) 4A02 on Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4A since 2016. For the past four years, I have worked as a consultant with small businesses in the international sector.
What is the most important issue facing your Single-Member District and how do you intend to address it?
The Shepherd Park Community is a unique neighborhood with wonderful diverse residents. While many of the residents are middle class and older, the demographic is changing as younger families are relocating to the neighborhood.
The most important issue facing the ANC Single Member District is a need for quality affordable housing as housing costs are increasing. Additionally, the Upper Georgia Avenue NW corridor needs more quality businesses, such as fine dining restaurants, grocery stores, and other professional services. The corridor needs fewer bars, liquor stores, and take-out only establishments.
I will continue to work with the newly created Upper Georgia Avenue Main Street (UGAMS), the Shepherd Park Citizens Association (SPCA) to attract new businesses while working with current businesses to improve the quality of services offered while mitigating issues that may disrupt quality of life issues in the community.
How do you plan to keep residents informed about issues?
This pandemic puts the world and a unique position in terms of how people will engage and interact now and moving forward. I have continued to walk the community and provide needed information, resources, and constituent services, albeit with social distancing and face covering. I have distributed and made available over 2,500 boxes of masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer.
I don’t believe in having meetings for the sake of saying, ‘I held a meeting’ and with much information already being published by the Mayor’s office, City Council, and local community organizations on the neighborhood listservs, I don’t see the need to regurgitate or duplicate information for the sake of wanting to be “relevant.” I am tuned in to about 38 community listservs and believe sufficient information is posted. I certainly will post information on a “need to know” basis.
Why are you the best person for the job? Why should your neighbors vote for you?
I believe I am the best person to continue in the role as the Commissioner for Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC), Single Member District (SMD) 4202, because I know the issues and the personality of the community. I am not afraid to push back, call out, and help mitigate issues related to nimbyism, racism, classism, xenophobia, and other social issues that silently plague parts of the community. Additionally, I have developed relationships with community stakeholders and with District government officials to bring increased government services, such as tree pruning, and street and sidewalk repairs. This includes increased police presence as well making available over 2,500 boxes of disposable face masks and gloves as well as 1,280 gallons of hand sanitizer for the Shepherd Park Community.
Finally, I want to continue representing the Shepherd Park Community where I have lived and worked over the past 10 years and enjoy engaging with residents with varied social-economic and religious backgrounds. I want to encourage all to vote by mail or in person on November 3rd!