As ward 5 looks to elect new leadership, it’s important that voters have an opportunity to vet each candidate and make an informed decision at the polls. Unfortunately, the short window of time and the long list of potential candidates will make it difficult for residents to get out to meetings or chase down individuals to hear where they stand on important issues. To assist voters in this process, myself along with Lace developed “Straight Up Politics”.
Straight Up Politics is a series of candid candidate forums designed to provide residents with a relaxed atmosphere to ask tough and pointed questions that will hopefully make deciding who the new ward 5 Councilmember is a little easier. The forums will be focused on economic development, education and crime.
The events will take place on Tuesday’s and run until the special election. The first forum will be next Tuesday, January 24. The forum before the special election will be a straw poll. After the session on the 24th, candidates will be put in groups and invited back to separate forums that will focus on specific issues. Below is a schedule for the first forum.
6:30pm-7:00pm-Candidate check in
If you are interested in participating in these forums please RSVP by email before COB Thursday, January 19, 2012. Please, let me know if you have any questions.
Straight Up Politics, Lace Lounge, 2214 Rhode Island Ave NE
Tuesday, January 24 2012
Posts Tagged ‘Councilmember
Has Councilmember Thomas taken a vacation from the vision that he had for Rhode Island Avenue NE? When he spoke in Mt. Rainer over a year ago about their redevelopment, he spoke of bringing that kind of redevelopment to RIA.
Now, Councilmember Thomas wants to allow “special” signs to be erected along RIA. Maybe Councilmember Thomas would like to send the Rhode Island Insider an explanation of his reasons for this bill that I can post for our readers. We’ll see….
In case you missed it, here is an explanation of the bill:
The bill can be read at : Sign Bill
And would allow for 12 signs only in Ward 5…
“.is authorized to issue permits for the placement of not more than twelve
(12) Special Signs
within the boundaries of Ward 5 in commercial, light manufacturing, and
industrial areas such
(1) Bladensburg Road, NE at Eastern Avenue NE to H Street, NE;
(2) Rhode Island Avenue, NE and Eastern Avenue, NE to North Capitol Street,
NE and Rhode Island Avenue, NE;
(3) V Street, NE from South Dakota Avenue, NE to Bladensburg 1 Road, NE;
Brentwood Road, NE at Rhode Island Avenue, NE to New York Avenue, NE;
(4) West Virginia Avenue, NE at New York Avenue, NE to Bladensburg Road,
(5) 9th Street, NE to Brentwood Road, NE;
(6) 12th Street, NE and Franklin Street, NE to Rhode Island Avenue, NE;
(7) New York Avenue, NE and Florida Avenue, NE to South Dakota Avenue and
New York Avenue, NE; and
(8) From 4th Street, NE and Florida Avenue, NE to Mt. Olivet Road, NE.”