The monthly Downtown Neighborhood Association meeting takes place tonight at Carmine’s Restaurant (425 7th Street NW) beginning at 6:30 pm. Tonight’s meeting is especially interesting because all of Penn Quarter has now been shifted into Ward 2 and you will get the opportunity to meet and hear from the people who will run to represent you in the DC government, ANC Commissioners and Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans. A few Ward 6 representatives will be present also. Lastly, MPD First District representatives will report on recent activities.
The “Meet the Candidates” lineup follows:
- Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans
- Penn Quarter ANC 2C Candidates (Ward 2)
- Kevin Wilsey – Candidate for ANC 2C03
- Harold Closter – Candidate for ANC 2C02
- John Tinpe – Candidate for ANC 2C01 (John is unable to attend due to a prior commitment)
- Shaw/Mount Vernon Triangle ANC 6E Candidates (Ward 6)
- Rachelle Nigro – Candidate for ANC 6E04
- Matthew Kozey - Candidate for ANC 6E05
For background, within each of DC’s Wards there are multiple Advisory Neighborhood Commissions and within each ANC there are a number of Single Member Districts. Registered voters within the boundaries of a Single Member District elect their Commissioner.
Penn Quarter is now entirely within Ward 2 and for the first time will have its own ANC with three Single Member Districts. The current Shaw ANC (ANC 2C) with four Single Member Districts will become an expanded ANC in Ward 6 with seven Single Member Districts that also include representatives from the Mount Vernon Triangle and the area east of the Mount Vernon Triangle
Currently, with Ward changes taking place a half year before ANC changes, representation can be a bit confusing. Penn Quarter exemplifies this. Though the new Ward boundaries are in place, until the new Commissioners are elected and sworn in, Penn Quarter remains divided among three ANCs in two Wards: ANC 2C (Shaw), ANC 2F (Thomas and Logan Circles), and ANC 6C (Capitol Hill).
Be sure to register and vote this fall!