September West End Flyer Adds Local Listings
Updated: September 9, 2020. See update section below.
This month's issue of the West End Flyer has been expanded to include two pages of listings of neighborhood restaurants that are open for dining, take-out, or delivery in the neighborhood. This is part of an effort to inform neighbors and support local businesses during the Covid 19 situation.
Some other services in the neighborhood are also included. This is a work in progress. Information from neighbors and business owners will be appreciated. The Flyer does not accept advertising; it is a non-profit, non-partisan, and philanthropic project.
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Challenge Fails in ANC 2A03 Election: John George Will Be on the Ballot
Posted: September 9, 2020
John George, a challenger in this fall's election for the Foggy Bottom and West End Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC-2A), will be on the November 3 ballot for the A203 single-member district, which is largely known as the Foggy Bottom Historic District.
The incumbent in that seat, Trupti Patel, who is completing her first term on the Commission, challenged the validity of George's ballot petition signatures, claiming that 17 of the 20 signatures he submitted to the Board of Elections were invalid. This year, ten valid signatures were required for ballot access in ANC elections, rather than the 25 required in the pre-Covid past.
At a pre-hearing conference on September 1, the Board's registrar reported a finding that four of George's signatures were invalid, but that he qualified for the ballot because his petitions contained 16 valid signatures. Patel, according to the written order of the Board of Elections, then requested a hearing on the grounds that the challenged signatures were not collected by the person who signed as the circulator of the petition.
The circulator, Susan Lampton, appeared as a witness and according to the report, “refuted the assertions” made by Patel. The Board recorded that on the claim that Lampton was not the circulator, “Ms. Patel provided no evidence to substantiate her claims.”1 The three-member commission voted unanimously in favor of granting George a place on the November ballot.
As reported in the September issue of the Flyer, this will be the only contested election on the ballot for an ANC-2A seat this year. While all eight seats on the non-partisan and non-paid Commission are up for election, no candidates returned ballot petitions for five of the seats. The two West End seats each will have a single candidate on the ballot. Five of the six Foggy Bottom seats will have no candidates on the ballot, but write-in candidates are expected to emerge.
The George vs. Patel contest in the 2A03 Historic District is now expected to present a lively discussion of the issues facing the wider ANC-2A neighborhood.2 It is already off to a contentious but interesting start. George is a long-time resident and homeowner. Patel describes herself as an activist and lobbyist.
1. D.C. Board of Elections, Memorandum Opinion and Order, Re:Nominating Petition Challenge for the Office of Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner for SMD 2A03, September 4, 2020, p.3. PDF document on this website will open in new window.
2. The Foggy Bottom and West End Advisory Neighborhood Commission is numbered ANC-2A, and includes a population of about 16,000. In addition to the Foggy Bottom and West End neighborhoods, its geographical area includes the White House, the Kennedy Center, the Watergate, the main campus of George Washington University, and part of the National Mall. Its district lines are redrawn every 10 years based on census figures. The D.C. government map, ANC 2A 2013 Boundaries, in JPF format, is on this website and will open in a new window. It shows the eight single-member districts of ANC-2A as they exist today.
ANC-2A Meeting: Wednesday, September 16, Will Again Be Virtual
This month's regular meeting of the Foggy Bottom and West End Advisory Neighborhood Commission will again use Zoom technology for a virtual meeting, which can be accessed by the public: September 16, at 7:00 pm.
Brooke Pinto, the newly elected Councilmember for Ward 2, is scheduled to appear for a Community Forum session of 25 minutes. For details and the posted agenda, see the ANC-2A website at: www.anc2a.org.