Students win two seats on Advisory Neighborhood Commission
Last Tuesday on Election Day, students didn’t just fill out their ballots for presidential candidates. Hoyas also came out to support ANC hopefuls Peter Prindiville (SFS ’14) and Craig Cassey (COL ’15), who both secured spots in an uncontested election.
Cassey and Prindiville will represent Single Member Districts 4 and 8, respectively. Redistricting this year allowed for a second student ANC district. In the past, Jake Sticka (COL ’13) has been the only Georgetown student on the ANC2E commission. Sticka also holds the position of the Georgetown University Student Association’s Chief of Staff.
The turnout this year for these two candidates was unprecedented, with over 100 provisional ballots in ANC2E08 and 61 regular votes for Prindville from students who pre-registered. The provisional ballots have yet to be counted. “It’s remarkable,” Prindiville said. “The Board of Elections ran out of ballots in district ANC2E08 around 2:30 pm and then again at 6:30 pm.”
Prindiville stood outside Duke Ellington High School for six hours campaigning and answering general voting questions. The day before elections, Prindiville reported receiving 65 emails from students asking how to register to vote as a result of a get-out-the-vote campaign he undertook on Sunday and Monday.
The DCBOEE has not yet reported on whether or not the nine write-in votes in ANC2E04 were for Cassey. This information will be posted early next week. “I can honestly say that I am both humbled and excited by the opportunity I am about to receive,” Cassey wrote in an email to Vox.
“From conversations held before and after the polling process, it seems likely that I have won. If this proves to be the case, I look forward to beginning my work as commissioner as quickly as possible by continuing to reach out to all residents in district 4 to better establish what difficulties are facing them that the ANC can help resolve,” he added.
While Prindiville appeared on the actual ballot, Cassey held a write-in campaign for ANC2E04, which is comprised entirely of Georgetown student housing.
The term for both students begins January 1 and lasts two years.
Photo courtesy of Peter Prindiville