In the Nov. 3rd General Election, DC residents will have the opportunity to elect ANC (Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners) in their District. The ANCs are a non-partisan body of elected officials that represent local community members.
The commissioners serve two-year terms without pay. All commissioners in all wards are up for election this year. Each commissioner represents a Single Member District (SMD) of approximately 2,000 residents. The ANCs’ main role in the District is to be their neighborhood’s official voice in advising the District government (and Federal agencies) on things that affect their neighborhoods.
ANC 6D covers neighborhoods in both the Southeast and Southwest quadrants located south of the Mall and Virginia Avenue, including the homes of DC United and the Washington Nationals as well as The Wharf and Buzzard Point.
Jared Weiss is running a write-in campaign to become commissioner for ANC6D02. This is an area bounded by South Capitol Streets, Potomac Ave., 1st Street SE, and I Street SE. If you live in this area you will see this election at the end of your ballot with only a space for a write-in candidate as no one expressed interest before the ballot deadline.
Jared has lived in DC for fifteen years, and in SMD 6D02 for nearly the past five years as an owner in the Velocity condominium. He received an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Chicago and an MS in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins University. For the first part of his career, Jared worked as a consultant building models for a variety of clients, including the Social Security Administration. And for the past nine years he has worked for AARP, where as the director of data science he is tasked with helping to empower people to choose how they live as they age by analyzing data to make predictions about the impact of decisions.
He released this Statement of Interest:
“I’m Jared Weiss, running as a write-in candidate for SMD 6D02. Our ballot has no one listed for ANC Commissioner. We deserve someone to represent us, and I would like to be that someone. The past year has been challenging for many of us, but it has also instilled a desire in me (and surely plenty of others) to do something – anything – to help make a positive impact. As ANC Commissioner I would have the chance to tangibly improve our lives, a civic duty I do not take lightly.
Entering the race so late in the game, I do not have a set of issues on which I am running. In conversations with my neighbors, I have heard universal praise of current Commissioner Anna Forgie. As such, I would initially plan to continue the good work she has done and the strategies she has employed. I already have had the opportunity to speak with her to understand the demands of the job and discuss a potential transition strategy.
I would view my job as working to make our community better. Our community is incredibly diverse in many aspects, which helps make it a great place to live, but a challenge to represent. I look forward to tackling that challenge by listening to all your concerns and suggestions, and diligently working to act on them. Thank you for your consideration.