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Your 1998 D.C. Government Guide and Calendar
Published by The League of Women Voters of the District of Columbia


Board of Elections and Ethics — Room 250 441 Fourth Street NW, Washington, DC 20001 — 727-2525


  1. Citizen of the United States
  2. 18 years old on or before the next election
  3. D.C. resident 30 days prior to election
  4. Not incarcerated for conviction of a felony
  5. Not adjudged mentally incompetent by a court of law

REGISTERING TO VOTE — D.C. residents may apply for voter registration by mail or when obtaining a driver’s permit. A Mail Registration Application (MRA) may be obtained from the Board of Elections and Ethics (BOEE) or from any public library, fire house or police station. Registration closes 30 days before each election and re-opens the day after the election. After registration the BOEE will mail the registrant a Voter Registration Card giving the registrant’s ward, ANC, single-member district, voting precinct, and voting location.

CHANGE OF REGISTRATION — A registrant must notify the BOEE in writing over his or her signature of any change in name, address or party. The law requires that the registrant notify BOEE of name and address changes within 30 days of the changes. All record changes must be made not later than 30 days before an election to be effective for that election.

PARTY AFFILIATION — Voters may choose to register with a political party affiliation or as independent. Under the District's “closed primary” system, voters registered with one of the four political parties qualified to conduct a primary (Democratic, Republican, D.C. Statehood and Umoja) may vote in that party’s primary election. Independents and voters affiliated with a minor party may vote only in general and special elections and on initiative and referendum measures. A change in party affiliation can be made by indicating the change on the back of the voter card and sending it to the BOEE or by writing a letter indicating the change, with name, address, date of birth and signature at least 30 days before an election.

ABSENTEE BALLOTS — Registered voters may vote by absentee ballot if they cannot get to the polls in person for reasons of illness, physical disability or absence from the District. A written request for an absentee ballot must be received by the BOEE no later than seven days before the election, and the completed ballot may be cast in person at the BOEE beginning 15 days before the election from 8:30 AM to 4:45 PM Monday through Saturday, ending the day before the election. In certain emergency cases, an “emergency absentee ballot” is available. Call 727-2525 (BOEE) for details.

ELDERLY AND HANDICAPPED — Most voting locations are accessible to these voters. However, where the polling place presents a problem, the voter may request assignment to an alternate site or opt for curbside voting, handicapped parking, wheelchair-accessible booths and large-print election materials.

BECOMING A CANDIDATE FOR PUBLIC OFFICE — Candidates must file petitions with the BOEE. Primaries are held by Democratic, Republican, Statehood and Umoja parties for Mayor, D.C. Council and federal elections. Candidates running for Congress, Mayor or D.C. Council at-large seats must collect signatures of 2,000 voters registered in the candidate's party or from one percent of all voters registered in that party (whichever is less). Candidates running for ward seats on the Council must collect signatures of 250 voters or from one percent of voters within the ward who are registered in the candidate’s party (whichever is less). In general elections, independent or minor-party candidates running for Congress, Mayor or for one of the at-large seats on the Council must collect the signatures of 3,000 or 1.5 percent (whichever is less) of the registered voters in the District of Columbia. Independent or minor-party candidates running for a ward seat must collect 500 signatures of the registered voters in that ward. At-large candidates running for election to the non- partisan Board of Education must collect the signatures of 1,000 registered D.C. voters; a candidate for a ward seat must collect the signatures of 200 registered voters in that ward. The BOEE provides detailed information on: candidate qualifications; ballot access; requirements for filing nominating petitions of candidacy; and a calendar of elections. Information on campaign finance filing is available from the BOEE Office of Campaign Financing at 939-8710.


After decades of detailed governance at the federal level, in December 1973 the District of Columbia gained limited home rule through passage by Congress of the D.C. Self- Government and Governmental Reorganization Act (the D.C. Home Rule Act), which included the Home Rule Charter. Under the Home Rule Act, a locally elected Mayor and 13-member Council began their first term in office on January 1, 1975. They and the pre-existing Board of Education are chosen in even-year general elections to serve four-year terms (staggered terms for Council and Board of Education members). Subsequently, in April 1995, Congress passed legislation creating the District of Columbia Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority (the Control Board) and granting to it broad budgetary control over the District. The Control Board will exist until such time as the District has produced a balanced budget for four consecutive years. In August 1997 Congress assigned additional responsibilities to the Control Board, transferring to it from the Executive Branch of the D.C. Government the management of nine departments and of four “cross-cutting functions” (finances; information resources management; personnel; procurement). To implement the management reform program required by the “Revitalization Act of 1997,” the Control Board in January 1998 appointed a Chief Management Officer to a five-year term.


Marion Barry, Jr.— 441 Fourth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001, 727-2980 — Term ends 1998.


Dr. Camille Barnett — 441 Fourth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001, 727-3432 — Term ends 2002.


441 Fourth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001, 724-8000

From mid-September through mid-July the Council meets in legislative session on the first Tuesday of the month at 10:00 A.M. in the Council Chamber, ground floor, 441 Fourth Street, NW. The Committee of the Whole meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 10:00 A.M. Much of the Council work is done in special committees or in standing committees established at the first meeting, in January, of each Council period. Meetings and hearings, open to the public, are televised live on Channel 13. Calendar of the Week — 24-hour update 724-8554.

Ward Telephone Term Ends
Linda W. Cropp, Chairman (D) At-Large 724-8032 1998
Hilda H.M. Mason (Std.) At-Large 724-8064 1998
Harold Brazil (D) At-Large 724-8174 2000
Carol Schwartz (r) At-Large 724-8105 2000
David A. Catania (R) At-Large 724-7772 1998
Frank Smith, Jr. (D) 1 724-8179 1998
Jack Evans (D) 2 724-8058 2000
Kathleen Patterson(D) 3 724-8062 1998
Charlene Drew Jarvis (D) 4 724-8052 2000
Harry Thomas, Sr. (D) 5 724-8028 1998
Sharon Ambrose (D) 6 724-8072 1998
Kevin P. Chavous (D) 7 724-8068 2000
Sandra (Sandy) Allen (D) 8 724-8045 2000
Phyllis Jones, Secretary to the Council 724-8080
Legislative Services 724-8050


415 12th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004
Arlene Ackerman, Superintendent, 724-4222
Board of Education, 724-4289
Schools — General Information, 724-4044


Ward Telephone Term Ends
Wilma R. Harvey, President 1 724-5460 2000
Sandra Butler-Truesdale, Vice President 4 724-5453 1998
Robert Childs At-Large 724-5456 2000
Tonya Vidal Kinlow At-Large 724-5457 2000
Jay Silberman At-Large 724-5452 1998
Ann Wilcox 2 724-5459 1998
Don Reeves 3 724-5450 2000
Angie King Corley 5 724-5451 2000
Benjamin Bonham 6 724-5449 2000
Terry Hairston 7 724-5447 1998
Linda Moody 8 724-5461 1998
Henry Moronta Student 724-4289 1999

Elections 1998

Primary Election — September 15
General Election — November 3


Thirty-seven ANCs with 299 elected commissioners, each functioning independently in its own neighborhood, provide a line of communication between residents and the D.C. Government on matters such as streets, zoning, licenses, social services, safety, sanitation, recreation and education. For information about your ANC Commissioner or to purchase a map of ANC district boundaries, call the BOEE 727-2525. Candidates in ANC elections must collect signatures of 25 registered voters living within the relevant ANC district. Nominating petitions and election calendars are available from BOEE.


The D.C. Delegate to the House of Representatives has no vote in the House — either on the floor or in committee.

Delegate to the House of Representatives: Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) Two-year term. Term expires 1998.
Room 1424, Longworth Building, Washington, DC 20515, 225-8050.


DC Subcommittee of Government Reform and Oversight Committee, 225-6751
Chairman: Thomas M. Davis, III (R,VA)

DC Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee, 225-5338
Chairman: Charles H. Taylor (R, NC)


Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, Restructuring and the District of Columbia, 224-3682
Chairman: Sam Brownback (R, KS)

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the District of Columbia, 224-1526
Chairman: Lauch Faircloth (R,NC)

The District also elects two “shadow” Senators to six-year terms and one “shadow” Representative to a two-year term. Their offices are at 441 Fourth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

Telephone Term Ends
Senator Florence Pendleton (D) 347-1404 2000
Senator Paul Strauss (D) 393-0635 2002
Representative Sabrina Sojourner (D) 393-0635 1998


Suite 900, One Thomas Circle NW, Washington, DC 20005, 504-3400

The five members of the Control Board are appointed by the President to serve three-year terms. The first term ended June 1, 1998; a new Board has not yet been fully formed. Present members are:

Andrew Brimmer, Chairman (90-day interim appointment)
Stephen Harlan, Vice Chairman (90-day interim appointment)
Constance Newman, reappointed
Alice Rivlin, appointed June 1998


DC City Services — Information 727-1000 Latino Affairs 939-8765 Hospitals

After Hours

727-6161 Library, Central 727-1111 Children’s National Medical Center 884-5000
Emergency Marriage License 879-4840

Emergency Room

Ambulance/Fire/Police 911 Mayor’s Office 727-2980 Columbia Hospital for Women 293-6500
AIDS/HIV Hotline 800-342-AIDS Motor Vehicle Bureau 727-6680 DC General 675-5000
Alcohol/Drugs 727-9280 Parking Signs 541-6060

Emergency Room

Adult Crisis 673-9300 Police (non-emergency) 727-1010 George Washington University Hospital 994-1000
Child Protection Hotline 727-0995 Pothole Repair 939-8000

Emergency Room

Domestic Violence 529-5991 Public Defender 628-1200 Georgetown University Hospital 687-2000
Mental Health Hotline 561-7000 Public Service Commission (Utility Rates/Complaints) 626-5100

Emergency Room

Poison Control Center 625-3333 Recycling Information 727-5856 Greater Southeast Community 574-6000
Rape Crisis Center 333-7273 School System 724-4044

Emergency Room

Suicide Prevention 561-7000 Sewer Complaints 727-5850 Hadley Memorial Hospital 574-5700
Water/Sewer 673-6600 Snow Removal 727-4460 Howard University Hospital 865-6100
Services Street Cleaning 727-4460

Emergency Room

Abandoned Autos 645-6000 Street Light Repair 939-7100 Providence Hospital 269-7000
Adult Education 576-6451

(after 4:30 pm)


Emergency Room

Aging, Programs for 727-5622 Street Repairs 645-7056 Sibley Memorial Hospital 537-4000
Animals, Dead 727-4482 Taxes, Assessments 727-6460

Emergency Room

Animal Rescue 576-6664 Taxes, Customer Service Information 727-6441 Washington Hospital Center 877-7000
Birth Certificates 645-5962 Traffic Signals, malfunctioning 727-8087

Emergency Room

Birth Control Information 727-0525 Traffic Signs 939-8092 Walter Reed Medical Center 782-3501
Cars, Booted/Towed 727-5000 Trash, residential 727-4482

Emergency Room

Car Registration 727-6680 Trash, bush removal 727-4600 Miscellaneous
Consumer Affairs 727-7170 Trees, public 939-8000 Arena Stage 488-3300
Cooperative Extension Service 576-6950 Unemployment Compensation 724-7263 Bethune Museum 332-1233
Council (D.C.) 724-8000 Vocational Rehabilitation 673-7423 Capital Children’s Museum 675-4120
Court (Superior) 879-1010 Water/Sewer Bills 727-5240 D.C. Recreation Department 673-7660
Day Care 727-5954 Wills/Probate 879-4800 Dial-a-Museum (Smithsonian) 357-2020
Divorce, To File 682-2700 Women’s Commission 939-8083

Smithsonian Spanish

Driver’s Permit 727-6693 Health Glen Echo Park 301-492-6229
Elections, Board of 727-2525 AIDS/HIV 727-2437 Kennedy Center 467-4600
Employment 724-7000 Air Quality 645-6093 Legal Aid Society 628-1161
Fire Prevention 673-3250 Social Services (child/family) 724-2023 MCI Center 628-3200
Handicapped, Information 673-6866 Alcohol/Drug Prevention 727-0713 METRO (bus/subway) 637-7000
Home Improvement 727-7070 Medicaid Information 724-5153 National Arboretum 475-7000
Housing, Public and Assisted 535-1510 Medicare/Social Security 800-772-1213 National Theater Tickets 800-233-3123
Housing, Code Violations 727-7673 Planned Parenthood 347-8500 National Zoo 673-4800
Human Services 279-6000 Red Cross 737-8300 Oxon Hill Children’s Farm 301-839-1783
Human Rights 724-1385 VD Hotline VD2-7000 Rock Creek Nature Center 426-6829
Income Tax Assistance (D.C.) 727-6103 Visiting Nurse Ass’n 686-2862 White House (comments) 456-1111
Washington Free Clinic 667-1106 Wolf Trap Farm Park 703-218-6500

The League of Women Voters of the District of Columbia

The League of Women Voters was founded in 1920, when women won the right to vote. Any United States citizen of voting age, male or female, who accepts the purpose of the League may become a member of a local League. The League’s education and advocacy program includes issues chosen by the membership for study, consensus and action. The current top priority for the D.C. League is to obtain full voting representation in Congress for U.S. citizens residing in the nation’s capital. On a broader level the D.C. League joins with ten other area leagues to work on regional issues, including transportation, water quality, land use and illegal drugs. The Education Fund of the D.C. League provides educational material and services — especially to encourage informed voting. It contributes to the publication of a newsletter, THE DC VOTER, and to FACTS AND ISSUES, highlighting topics of current interest and concern. (Contributions to the Education Fund are tax deductible.) For additional copies of the D.C. WISE GUIDE, or to join the League of Women Voters call (202) 347-3020.

The League of Women Voters of the District of Columbia, Suite 208, 1234 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005, 347-3020, President: Luci Murphy
The League of Women Voters of the United States, 1730 M Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036, 202-429-1965

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