Hi, I'm Patrick.
I'm running for the Mount Vernon Triangle Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC).
Photograph of ANC Candidate Patrick K. Parlej
Our neighborhood is in the midst of rapid change. During this time of uncertainty in our national politics, we, as a community, have a critical role to play in ensuring that our voices and our values are heard at the local level. I want to be an advocate for you and our neighbors.
Here's Why I'm Running
Photograph of ANC Candidate Patrick K. Parlej
Thirty years ago, my parents came to the United States in search of a better life. Like many immigrants, they had a humble start in this country. Their economic struggle taught me the value of hard work, but it also helped me see the need for strong institutions and good government. Our country’s values motivate me, though I understand we have a long road to justice and equality for all.

At its surface, local politics may seem less impactful than the national scene. After all, the ANC focuses on hyperlocal issues like street infrastructure and zoning. But these topics affect our daily lives and have an important role in how our community is shaped. History has shown time and again that real political change builds from the ground up. That’s why I’m running for the ANC.
Core Issues

Environment


New construction projects are springing up all around our neighborhood and we need to ensure that new development is sustainable for generations to come. Additionally, we must devote adequate resources to incorporating green practices within existing infrastructure. Washington, DC has the potential to be one of the most environmentally conscious places in the world. We have the chance to contribute to that effort within our neighborhood.

Affordable Housing


DC is one of the most expensive places to live in the country and costs are continuing to rise. Without affordable housing, many existing residents are pushed out and high costs prevent new residents from moving in. As new businesses continue to expand into our area, housing costs continue to increase for residents in our neighborhood and communities across the city. We must to address how these issues affect an already inadequate affordable housing situation.

Statehood


Statehood means funding, resources, and, most of all, representation. This is an issue that we need to continue to raise at every level of government. DC Statehood not only translates to meaningful federal representation for DC residents, but also unlocks significant access to resources we could use to create positive change for neighborhoods across our city. For example, without statehood, DC has been limited in its ability to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic – underscoring the need for action.
What is the ANC?
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Washington, DC is divided into eight different wards that are each represented by a member of the city council. Each ward is further subdivided into Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs), which are non-partisan entities that advise the city government on neighborhood issues.

If you live in the Mount Vernon area, like I do, you are most likely part of Ward 6, ANC 6E. Each ANC is further divided into “Single Member Districts,” which each elect one Commissioner to represent them at the ANC. If you live in district 6E05, I am running to represent you.

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Get in Touch
My goal is to build a strong relationship between the community and the ANC to ensure that our neighborhood’s voice is represented on the issues facing our city. To make meaningful progress on important local issues, we need a culture in which any resident feels empowered to get involved in community action and local government to express their thoughts and opinions.

I am eager to serve my community and want to hear from you on how best I can be of service. Please contact with me via email or Twitter and let’s work together to make a positive change in our neighborhood.
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