With a whopping six votes, Jake Sticka (COL ’13) was elected as your new ANC commissioner last night. (One unknown voter submitted a write-in ballot; we hope it was for Chicken Madness.) Sticka will be sworn into the position in January, when he will replace outgoing Commissioner Aaron Golds (COL ’11). Here’s what Commissioner-elect Sticka had to say:
On his first priority as ANC Commissioner:
My first priority on the commission will, for obvious reasons, be the Campus Plan. It is the most contentious issue before our ANC today and one which has become defining in student-neighbor relations. Long-term, I think our commission needs to take steps to address student safety in the surrounding areas, particularly in Burleith.
On the 2010 Campus Plan:
I think the Campus Plan is a fair one that meets student, university, and community needs, especially after the last set of compromises between the university and neighbors. I have some concerns about the re-routing of GUTS bus routes but on the whole I think the plan should be passed. I also think think students should be aware of the fact that the plan has specific provisions for much needed initiatives like expansion of student space and improvement to campus aesthetics.
On how he’ll stay plugged into student concerns:
I want to be a very transparent ANC commissioner and one that is always open to constituent concerns. I read campus media and the comments on it while also having a strong presence on social media sites like Twitter. That said, I plan to expand these outreach efforts in Janurary once I am sworn in.
On the other ANC Commissioners:
I have met all of the current commissioners at the last two ANC meetings. They have been gracious, kind, and encouraging about my bid and have done their best to welcome me to the commission.
Photo: Courtesy of Jake Sticka