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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Special Elections in ANC 2F and 1B

Three Commissioners of Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs) 2F/Logan Circle and 1B/U Street have moved or will soon move out of their districts, so must vacate their seats. There will be special elections to fill their vacancies.

From ANC2F web site
According to the web site of the DC Board of Elections and Ethics (DCBOEE), anyone can run for ANC commissioner if he or she is a registered voter in DC, has lived in the ANC district for at least 60 days, and holds no other elective office. A candidate must gather 25 signatures to appear on the ballot.

ANC2F: Districts 03 and 08

At its regular monthly meeting last night (March 5), ANC2F Chair Matt Raymond (district 07) announced that this was the last meeting for ANC Commissioner Chris Linn (district 03). Linn is buying a home in Columbia Heights. The Commission passed a resolution thanking Linn for his work.

In January, Commissioner Matt Connolly (district 08) left the commission. On an announcement on the ANC web site, Connolly said he was moving back to Boston. At its January meeting, ANC2F thanked Connolly for his service.

At last night's meeting, Raymond announced nominating petitions would be available starting this Monday, March 10. Prospective candidates would have until Monday, March 31, to file their petitions. There would be a "challenge period", during which the validity of signatures on nominating petitions could be challenged.

Assuming that there is more than one candidate for at least one of the ANC2F positions, special elections will be held at the next possible ANC2F meeting. Raymond said this would probably be ANC2F's May meeting, currently scheduled for May 14.

ANC1B: District 08

From ANC1B's web site
At last month's meeting of ANC1B (held February 6), it was announced that Commissioner Mary Washington (district 08) was attending her last meeting as a commissioner. She is also moving out of her district. It was announced that there would be a special election to fill her seat, but no other details were given.

Further details may be announced at ANC1B's next meeting general meeting, which will take place tonight, March 6, at 7pm, at the Reeves Center (14th and U Streets NW).

ANC special elections do not draw a great turnout and are often decided by a handful of votes. For example, last year's ANC special election for a open seat in neighboring ANC 2B/Dupont Circle was won by a vote of 34-12.

Find out what ANC district you live in here.

A blank DCBOEE declaration of candidacy form is available here.

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