Woodridge South Civic Association President Carlos Davis endorses Walter Deleon for ANC 5C-02

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Walter Deleon, candidate for ANC in 5C-02 announced Thursday a new endorsement from Woodridge South Civic Association President Carlos D. Davis. Today’s announcement from the longtime community leader reaffirms Deleon’s stance as the most committed and experienced candidate in this election.

“I wholeheartedly endorse Walter Deleon as 5C02 ANC. His commitment to our community has been focused, visionary and unyielding. Walter is the right person at this time to address the many issues facing our community.”

— Carlos Davis | Woodridge South Civic Association
Official Endorsement

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Voter Registration & Early Voting Information

Here is everything you need to know about early voting places in Ward 5 and voter registration information! Please share this information with friends and neighbors. Remember to exercise your right to vote this November!

EARLY VOTING

You can cast your ballot during “Early Voting” beginning on Monday, October 22, 2018. There are multiple places where you can vote early:

One Judiciary Square
One Judiciary Square, 441 4th Street, NW
Dates: October 22 – November 2
Times: 8:30 am – 7:00 pm

Trinidad Recreation Center
1310 Childress Street, NE Ward 5
Dates: Oct 26 – November 2
Times: 8:30 am – 7:00pm

Turkey Thicket Recreation Center
1100 Michigan Ave, NE Ward 5
Dates: Oct 26 – November 2
Times: 8:30 am – 7:00pm
Closest Metro Stop: Brookland-CUA

ELECTION DAY

Election Day is November 6, 2018! Polls are open 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.

1. WHEN WILL YOU VOTE? You can go before or after work, during a break, or anytime during the day. Polls open at 7:00 am and close at 8:00 pm.

2. WHERE WILL YOU VOTE? Make sure you have the address of your precinct. Not sure where it is? You can click here to find out.

3. HOW WILL YOU GET THERE? Walk, bike, bus, or drive – make sure you know how you’ll get there.

Thank you for getting out to the polls and voting!

VOTER REGISTRATION:

While DC allows for same-day voter registration, the main deadline for registering to vote in the District is Tuesday, October 16th. Voters can submit their voter registration via mail, the DCBOE’s website, and use its mobile application.

If you miss the October 16th deadline, you can register during the early voting period or on Election Day. Voters who register on site must bring proof of DC residency (which includes a valid D.C. driver’s license, permit, or resident ID, or a recent utility bill, bank statement, or check). HOWEVER, IDENTIFICATION IS NOT REQUIRED TO VOTE IN DC.

Walter Deleon’s responses to the Greater Greater Washington Questionnaire

Greater Greater Washington is a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization that brings people together online and offline to discuss, organize, and advocate for an inclusive, diverse, growing Washington, DC region. Below are Walter Deleon’s (5C02) responses to their ANC candidate questionnaire:

The status of the controversial redevelopment of Brookland Manor is uncertain. What is your position on the RIA development and how would you engage with the project’s future?

I’m disappointed that the Brookland Manor redevelopment project has been scaled back and stalled several times since it’s announcement over two years ago. Ideally, the redevelopment would give us a chance to preserve and expand housing stock, including affordable housing, in an area so close to the RIA Metro station.

Because of DC’s housing shortage, I would only continue supporting the project if it could be done without mass displacement and the one-for-one replacement of affordable housing units Mid-City Financial initially promised.

What is your vision for economic development in your neighborhood, and how would you support that as a commissioner?

DC Brau, Scratch DC, and Harper Macaw are great examples of businesses that have moved into our community in recent years due to the abundance of vacant warehouses. I will push the DC Council to give tax credits to businesses that move into disused warehouses in my Single Member District.

I will also push DDOT to study an infill MARC commuter rail station at NY Ave & Bladensburg Rd. A commuter rail station would help make our community less of a transit desert and connect us with the rest of DC.

What is your stance on the proposal to use eminent domain to remove the trash collection facility on W Street?

As ANC of 5C02 in 2016, I was proud to support a resolution in favor of the Council’s legislation authorizing the use of eminent domain for the trash transfer facility on W St.

I will continue to support the use of eminent domain not only for the W St. trash transfer station, but for the trash transfer facilities at 2160 Queens Chapel Road and 2106 Bryant St. (both in my SMD.) It’s high time for these blighted facilities next to residential areas to close.

What are your hopes and/or concerns with the ongoing development at Union Market? How can we better support our neighborhood’s connectivity to that area?

I would like to see better connectivity between our neighborhood and Union Market through the establishment of a direct bus route between Woodridge, Union Market, and Downtown through New York Avenue. I also support the creation of a separated bike trail between these areas alongside N.Y. Avenue.

If there were a way to improve bus transit or bike infrastructure in your neighborhood, but it required removing on-street parking, how would you approach the situation? Give a specific example if possible.

Methods of transit that carry more people than a car should always be accommodated more.

For example, I would support removing a parking spot if it allowed for the construction of a bus boarding island/platform in its place.

Where would you like to see new bicycle lanes, sidewalks, or other infrastructure to make it safer for residents, families, and seniors to walk and bike? What are the top Vision Zero priorities for your community?

This is a question that requires my community and constituents to weigh in. However while campaigning, many neighbors across 5C02 have asked for more speed bumps on their streets and have pointed out areas where sidewalks should be replaced.

What role do you think your ANC could play in addressing housing affordability challenges? How can your neighborhood contribute its fair share of the housing our growing city needs?

As DC goes through a severe housing shortage, every neighborhood has a responsibly to take on new housing. With regards to the ANC’s role, the Commission could demand more concessions from a new development project, like more affordable housing units.

What is the biggest controversy in your neighborhood not already listed on this questionnaire, and what is your position on it?

For many years, the overabundance of nightclubs in our community has been a huge source of concern for neighbors. The lack of decent transit options paired with lack of space for cars/taxis along Bladensburg and Queens Chapel Road cause enormous traffic jams on many weekends and headaches for residents nearby.

I will continue seeking solutions to the issues of noise, congestion, and lack of transit options by working with neighbors and businesses in our area.

Why do you think you are the best person to represent your SMD? What’s your vision for your ANC in 2 years?

As a proud DC native, activist, and former Commissioner I’ve been proud to establish strong relationships with community and civic leaders, members of the DC Council, and residents. These ties have helped me effectively advocate for my community in the past and will help me effectively advocate for my community again as Commissioner.

If given another chance to serve, I’ll keep fighting for an even more safe, equitable, and transit-connected community.

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A letter from DCCD President Walter Deleon

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Fellow Democrat –

Last November, our country and party suffered a major setback.

Now more than ever, we ALL have a role to play in not only resisting donald trump’s regressive agenda, but in fighting fiercely for our progressive Democratic values on a local, state, and national level.

That’s why I’m excited to announce I am actively exploring the possibility of running for President of the College Democrats of America & Vice Chair of the DC Democratic Party.

We have a unique opportunity to harness the energy from the resistance to craft stronger, more active organizations; better support America’s college students; and make a real impact in local, regional, & national elections.

As a former elected Commissioner in my hometown of Washington DC and President of the most active College Democrats organization in the country, I know how. In the months since becoming DCCD President, we’ve mobilized hundreds of students into Virginia for 2017 elections, increased our fundraising levels by over 900%, & finally put the organization on the right track.

I am grateful to the supportive friends, fellow elected officials, and students from around the country who have urged me to run for these roles. In the coming weeks, I hope to talk with many of you and have a conversation about how we will fight for America’s future together.

– Walter Deleon, President | DC Federation of College Democrats

Walter Deleon has worked on a several campaigns since high school, including Governor Martin O’Malley’s campaign leadership team and DC Ward 5 Coordinator for Councilmember Robert White’s successful Council campaign this past Fall. In 2014, Deleon was elected Commissioner of District 5C02 with 92% of the vote & became the youngest elected official in DC history. Deleon is a student at the University of the District of Columbia. Learn more about Walter here.

Press Release: Deleon Unanimously Elected President of DC College Democrats

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

On Monday, April 10th, Walter Deleon was unanimously confirmed as the next President of the DC Federation of College Democrats.

In a statement to supporters Deleon said: I’m excited to enter this new role as President of DC College Democrats, one of the largest and most politically engaged DNC branches in the country.

With our new board, we will create a stronger, more active organization, support & engage the District’s college students, and make a real impact in local, regional, & national politics.

None of this would have been possible without your support. Let’s continue fighting for our values & work on taking back elected offices in DC & beyond!”

Upon entering office, Deleon will appoint Jose Fontanez as Vice President of the organization & Basira Knight as Political Director.

Walter Deleon has worked on a several campaigns since high school, including Martin O’Malley’s campaign on the governor’s leadership team and Ward 5 Coordinator for Councilmember Robert White’s successful Council campaign this past Fall. Deleon is a student at the University of the District of Columbia.

 

DC College Dems Election Info

Here is everything you need to know regarding voting in the DC College Democrats Election! Please share this information with friends. Remember to exercise your right to vote & vote for Walter Deleon for President, Jose Fontanez for Vice President, & Basira Knight for Political Director.

ELECTION DAY

You can cast your ballot at the American University
Ward Circle Building on April 9th, 2017. Make sure you are registered here beforehand to speed up the voting process.

Registation: 9AM
Voting Begins: 10AM

HOW WILL YOU GET THERE? Walk, bike, bus, or drive – make sure you know how you’ll get there. Groups will be departing CUA & UDC at 8:30AM at the school’s respective Metro stops.

Thank you for getting out to the polls and voting!

I’m in! Are you?

Dear fellow DC College Democrats,

I’m excited to announce that I’m running for President of the DC Federation of College Democrats. I look forward to bringing proven leadership to the table not only as the current Political Director for DC College Dems and as a campaign operative, but as a former Commissioner and the youngest Latino elected official in DC history.

Together we can create a stronger, more active organization, support & engage our DC College Dems chapters more, and make a real impact in local, regional, & national politics.

I’ve worked on a several campaigns since high school & as a student at UDC, including Martin O’Malley’s campaign on the governor’s leadership team and Ward 5 Coordinator for Councilmember Robert White’s successful Council campaign this past Fall. I’m honored to have earned endorsements from regional leaders & organizations like the DC Latino Caucus & hope to earn your support as well.

I wanted to share a few initial thoughts on what I’d like to do as President of DCCD:

  • Engage, energize, and organize college students to get involved in upcoming local and regional elections. (Eg: VA Governor’s race, 2018 midterms)
  • Focus on strengthening the organization internally by beginning to host periodic executive board meetings, quarterly DC College Dems meetings, & establish fundraising efforts in order to develop coffers.
  • Develop a recruitment plan to expand involvement in DC College Dems and keep college chapters & members engaged throughout the year.
  • Build effective partnerships with different caucuses of the DNC to cosponsor events, bring speakers to campuses, get discounted student tickets to events, and help out our chapter caucuses.
  • Set up a voter registration programs encouraging students to register to vote in the District if they’re not registered at home.
  • Continue organizing events featuring locally elected Democrats —like Mayor Muriel Bowser and AG Karl Racine— to engage and educate students about local politics.

I look forward to working with you and seeing each of you at our upcoming convention!

With warm regards, I am sincerely yours,

Walter Deleon

Thank You & Happy Holidays

Dear Neighbor —

Before this year ends, I want to thank you again for your continued support & trust over these past two years.

Together, we’ve achieved a safer and more livable community. We’ve welcomed two new great schools, a 3-year ban on new nightclubs (alongside the closure of the most notorious nightclub in DC), and fostered a better vision for our community. We’ve welcomed new neighbors, new businesses, and new initiatives that have helped make our part of Ward 5 an even better place to live, work, and raise a family.

During this holiday season, I wish you and your families much health and happiness for the New Year ahead. Even though I will cease being your Commissioner on January 2nd, I will continue doing my part to build a more livable, equitable, & prosperous city for all of us. It has been a great honor to represent you over these past few years. I look forward to staying in touch in 2017.

With deepest gratitude and warm wishes, I am,

Sincerely yours,

Commissioner Walter A. Deleon

Commissioner Deleon Announces Endorsements for the 2016 General Election

At this critically important time for the District, we need forward-thinking leaders who are able to deliver results for our great city. In less than two weeks almost half of the DC Council, SBOE seats, and all ANC seats in the District will be up for election. Now more than ever, we need leaders who are willing to fight inequality, stand up for the District’s most vulnerable residents, and foster a more livable city for all.

As the District’s youngest elected official, I am urging my supporters to vote for the following candidates in the General Election on November 8th, 2016:

President/Vice President: Hillary Clinton/Tim Kaine

DC Council At-Large: Robert White & David Grosso

SBOE At-Large: Mary Lord

ANC 5C02: Carlos D. Davis

DC Statehood Referendum: Yes

Delegate to the House: (Write-In) Tim Krepp

Here’s what you need to know about early voting in DC:

  • Early voting locations are now open in each ward between 8:30 am and 7:00 pm from October 28 to November 4.

  • You can learn more about where and when to early vote as well as check your voter registration status at the DC Board of Elections website.

  • A full list of early voting locations is below:

Ward 1: Columbia Heights Community Center

Ward 2: One Judiciary Square

Ward 3: Chevy Chase Community Center

Ward 4: Takoma Community Center

Ward 5: Turkey Thicket Recreation Center

Ward 6: Sherwood Recreation Center

Ward 6: King Greenleaf Recreation Center

Ward 7: Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library

Ward 8: Malcolm X Elementary School

ABRA Proposes Moratorium Zone in 5C02

In response to Commissioner Deleon’s calls for a moratorium on Club Class C liquor licenses along Queens Chapel Road, and decades of community petitions for a limit on certain liquor licenses in the Woodridge South neighborhood, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board has finally approved proposed rules for a limit on certain liquor licenses in the Langdon Park and Woodridge communities. The proposal is not yet in effect as it is still subject to a 30-day public comment period.

The proposed moratorium would extend 600 feet in all directions from the intersection of Bladensburg Road and 24th Place, NE. Within the zone, two restrictions would apply for a three-year period. First, the proposed rules would place a limit of three class C nightclub and multipurpose facility licenses in the zone. Second, the proposed rules would not allow new entertainment endorsements to be issued to restaurants and taverns in the area.5C02 Woodridge South Moratorium ABRA

 

In response to ABRA’s decision Commissioner Deleon said: “I’m glad ABRA agrees that there’s no room for new nightlife establishments in the greater Woodridge area. Existing nightlight establishments in 5C02 have a collective capacity of over 7,000 patrons and present an array of issues such as noise pollution, an influx of club patrons parking on residential streets, and a constant stream of litter caused by venue patrons.”

“This moratorium gives our community an opportunity to turn the blighted land within the moratorium zone around. With proper rezoning, investments in new mass transit options (such as an infill MARC station), & environmental cleanup efforts, we can foster a more livable, walkable neighborhood for all.”

The Langdon Park Moratorium Zone would be the fifth neighborhood moratorium zone in the District. Public comment on the Board’s decision will be accepted for a 30-day period once the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is published in the DC Register.