On January 2, 2021, 19 newly-elected representatives were sworn in for the five Ward 7 Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs). The ceremony, like much of the campaign, took place virtually, with Ward 7 Councilmember Vincent Gray (D) administering the oath of office.
The large incoming class means that many Ward 7 ANCs will meet in January with a majority of their seven seats filled by new commissioners. They come to a difficult job in a difficult time, meeting virtually to help residents confront the all-too-real issues raised and, in many cases, exacerbated by the pandemic, including issues of health, public safety, education and housing.
Commissioners serve two-year terms without pay. Each commissioner represents a Single Member District (SMD) of approximately 2,000 residents. The ANCs’ main role in the District is to be their neighborhood’s official voice in advising the District government (and Federal agencies) on things that affect their neighborhoods.
Meet your newly elected representatives below. Learn more about ANCs by visiting anc.dc.gov.
Kimberly Martin (7E07) is a third-generation Washingtonian. She grew up in Northeast and came to Ward 7 12 years ago to raise a fourth generation, her son. Martin has worked as a budget analyst for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for more than 15 years.
Martin said that being involved in the community and connecting people with resources is one of her passions.
“I was very shocked and surprised,” Martin said of the moment she realized she had won. The neighbors provided support throughout the petition process and the election, she added, and they were the major reason for her run.
The other reason, Martin said, was to increase communication with residents of her SMD, who found they often had to attend ANC meetings themselves to get information. Martin was already a regular attendee and contributor to ANC 7E and Marshall Heights Civic Association meetings and found herself regularly communicating happenings to neighbors.
Martin said that she expects the support of neighbors to continue in the work ahead. “There’s a lot of things that people can do to get involved,” she said, including becoming block captains and participating on ANC Committees.
For Martin, a major issue in her SMD is public safety. Her SMD was where 15-month-old Carmelo Duncan was shot in his family car last December. She said her neighbor was carjacked in front of her front door, and that’s aside from smaller issues like package theft.
Traffic safety is also a major concern she hopes to focus on, especially in the area around Capitol Heights Metro Station. Neighbors have called for traffic calming measures, especially in areas where children are playing.
“I’m here for my constituents in whatever way possible,” Martin said, encouraging neighbors to give her a call or knock on her door to share information, resources and their energies to make the neighborhood a better place for all. “I would like for neighbors to bear with me, as this is my first time,” Martin said, “but also, to work with me, too.”
Reach Commissioner Martin at 7E07@anc.dc.gov.