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 Tischa Cockrell, candidate for ANC 4B09 commissioner.
Hello, my name is Tischa Cockrell, and I am running for Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner for ANC 4B09.
What is the most important issue facing your single-member district and how do you plan to address it?
The most important issue facing my single-member district is communication. We’ve learned in this new pandemic that we must be nimble and quick. We’re getting information out so that everyone’s aware and informed. I’ve been good at using the listserv. I’ve been seen on WebEx and zoom meetings virtually and I plan to continue to do so. I also plan to reach out to the people who are not so technically savvy to give them information by others means, whether it be flyers or information put up in local businesses and so on.
How do you plan to keep residents informed of these issues?
So, as I mentioned, I’m usually very good at using the listserv. I’m very good at using technology. And I also attend virtual meetings and I also was the first to bring single-member district meetings to our community. I would continue to do that virtually as long as we are having a pandemic. Outside of the pandemic, of course, I have also been known to have our single-member district meetings in our local neighborhood recreation center because it’s close to all the residents in the community. And I also can hold information forums via technology as well.
Why are you the best person for the job? Why should neighbors, should your neighbors vote for you?
Well, a neighbor should vote for me because I’ve always been active in the community. I ran for ANC commissioner and was the commissioner for 2016 to 2018. And even though I was not commissioner in this last administration, I was still active in my community. I started the Friends of the Lamond-Riggs Recreation Center group so that people in the community would be able to have a voice via the rec center. I worked with the rec center director as well as the staff to be sure that we continue things that we need in our community. I was first to get the information out in regards to the playground meeting. I’m always nimble and quick to make sure I respond to my messages, respond to email.
I’ve been working in this community for at least eight years. I’ve been in this community for 10 years and I continue to work in this community and I want to make sure that every member of this community is heard and validated.
So again, Tischa Cockrell, November 3rd, ANC 4B09. Don’t forget if you have a paper ballot or mail-in ballot, just flip it over to the backside and vote for your advisory neighborhood commissioner. Thank you so much.