Neighborhood redistricting will affect student voice
In the next couple of weeks, D.C. will redraw the boundaries of its 37 Advisory Neighborhood Commissions – bodies that provide formal community input on everything from liquor licenses to campus plans.
On Tuesday, the D.C. Council altered the boundaries of its eight electoral wards to reflect the 2010 Census returns. Each Councilmember will now appoint a “ward task force” to redraw ANC boundaries and those of the single-member districts that individual ANC commissioners represent.
According to guidelines issued by the Council, each single-member district must contain between 1900 and 2100 residents.
Georgetown Metropolitan‘s Topher Matthews has provided a helpful breakdown of current population estimates in each single-member district in ANC 2E, which includes the University’s Main Campus:
- SMD 1 (Ed Solomon) – 2449
- SMD 2 (Ron Lewis) – 1919
- SMD 3 (Jeff Jones) – 2037
- SMD 4 (Jake Sticka) – 3102
- SMD 5 (Bill Starrels) – 2529
- SMD 6 (Tom Birch) – 2308
- SMD 7 (Charles Eason, Jr.) – 2122
The University primarily occupies SMD 4, represented by student Jake Sticka (COL ’13). Many dorms were also moved into SMD’s 2, 3, and 5 after the 2000 Census (see here for a detailed SMD map of the University). Certain community groups pushed for this SMD map after a campaign in the late 1990’s to get students on the ANC.
The all-student SMD has the most diluted representation. But even the average SMD population of 2,352 is outside the permissible range. ANC 2E would likely have to add a new commissioner to be within the legal limits.
Any registered D.C. voter that is interested in serving on the Ward 2 redistricting committee should contact Councilmember Jack Evans.