Judi Jones – Biographical Profile and Positions on the Issues

Currently Elected Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner 4B, District of Columbia

DC Democratic Party
www.judi-jones.comwww.judi-jones.com
25 Sheridan Street, NWWashington, DC 20011
(202) 446-7580
Biographical
General (political statement of goals, objectives, views, philosophies)

My name is Judi Jones. I am running for Ward 4 City Council because I have a demonstrated resume of achievement as a community activist and a 4-term advisory neighborhood commissioner. I've established a block captain network that is empowered and invested in those communities in which they serve. Those block captains distribute a monthly newsletter called LamondLinks, in its tenth year of publication. I have monthly single member district meetings that report the progress of the community as we grow and change. I have yearly stakeholders meetings bringing businesses, schools, churches and residents together to plan for the upcoming year. My platform for ward 4 includes a three part approach.

Education is the foundation of any society's evolutionary progress. I will work to improve academic achievement for public and public charter schools in ward 4. I passionately believe in educating our children in a holistic and diverse way.

Smart development is an outgrowth of a good education. It is inclusive of all things in the surrounding community. I have a business and economic development plan that includes business diversity as well as grass-roots entrepreneurial opportunities.

DC Statehood is a necessity in order to self-determine our social programs. With seniors paying more and more lifestyle taxes every time they step out the door, senior programs sponsored through the office of aging and non-profits like the Barney House are being cut more and more, seniors are being pushed out economically.

At the center of it all is hard work and community commitment. I will need your support to regain respectability of Ward 4. Go to judi-jones.com for more information. Come on Ward 4! Let's roll up our sleeves and get ready to work together to get things done. Vote for true leadership, not true 'follow-ship'. Vote Judi Jones on April 3.

Business
DC Business, a General Statement

Smart development is an outgrowth of a good education. It is inclusive of all things in the surrounding community. No one stakeholder should hold the rest of the community economic hostage for development of other reasonable entities such as education and grass roots entrepreneurship. The invasion of Walmart is a mystery to me as to how six Walmarts would fit into the economic development of WDC. In Ward 4, with Walter Reed closing, small, retail businesses have taken a hit. Some have not survived. But the lack of business diversity has resulted in a void that Walmart will not fill. It's just not in their business model.

I have a business and economic development plan that includes business diversity as well as grass-roots entrepreneurial opportunities.

Source: www.judi-jones.com (04/01/2012)

Jobs & Economy
DC's Economy, a General Statement

Smart development is an outgrowth of a good education. It is inclusive of all things in the surrounding community. No one stakeholder should hold the rest of the community economic hostage for development of other reasonable entities such as education and grass roots entrepreneurship. The invasion of Walmart is a mystery to me as to how six Walmarts would fit into the economic development of WDC. In Ward 4, with Walter Reed closing, small, retail businesses have taken a hit. Some have not survived. But the lack of business diversity has resulted in a void that Walmart will not fill. It's just not in their business model.

I have a business and economic development plan that includes business diversity as well as grass-roots entrepreneurial opportunities.

Source: www.judi-jones.com (04/01/2012)

Education
DC Education, a General Statement

Education is the foundation of any society's evolutionary progress. Our educational mission is the basis of our belief in family, neighbor, community and indeed the future success of our society. While strides have been made, public education has taken a severe blow with nearly 83% of DC public schools, failing. More and more parents are enrolling their children in public charter schools presenting DCPS with an interesting dilemma. How do you improve on a failing system? And how do you transition an entire system to public charter? While public charter students are showing some improvement, they still have a way to go. How do we properly prepare students for the millions of skilled labor jobs available in the next 15 years? I will work to improve academic achievement for public and public charter schools in ward 4. I passionately believe in educating our children in a holistic and diverse way.

Source: www.judi-jones.com (04/01/2012)

Best Way to Improve DC Education

While strides have been made, public education has taken a severe blow with nearly 83% of DC public schools, failing. More and more parents are enrolling their children in public charter schools presenting DCPS with an interesting dilemma. How do you improve on a failing system? And how do you transition an entire system to public charter? While public charter students are showing some improvement, they still have a way to go. How do we properly prepare students for the millions of skilled labor jobs available in the next 15 years? I will work to improve academic achievement for public and public charter schools in ward 4. I passionately believe in educating our children in a holistic and diverse way.

Source: www.judi-jones.com (04/01/2012)

Charter Schools

More and more parents are enrolling their children in public charter schools presenting DCPS with an interesting dilemma. How do you improve on a failing system? And how do you transition an entire system to public charter? While public charter students are showing some improvement, they still have a way to go.

Source: www.judi-jones.com (04/01/2012)

Budget
DC's Budget and Fiscal Policy, a General Statement

DC Statehood is a necessity in order to self-determine our social programs. More and more of social programs take the biggest hit in hard economic times or when municipalities are trying to change the demographic landscape. Seniors and senior programs have been under attack from the incumbent councilmember for her entire tenure on the council. WDC exempts the first $10,000 of retirement payouts from state (WDC) tax. The incumbent councilmember voted to tax the first $10,000, basically negating the senior property tax exemption.

These seniors under fire are normally that part of our society who are civic active and are intelligent about their decisions in political matters. The incumbent councilmember sponsored legislation that rolled out new requirements for non-profits January 1 this year without a public relations strategy to disseminate the information. The legislation is vague enough to give agency directors great latitude in assessing penalty. So if a non-profit does not align its goals, objectives and actions with those in power, those non-profits can be marginalized or eliminated. At a time when we need to protect and care for our seniors, we are tossing them out as well as their avenues for a fair and democratic solution to their problems.

States are able to direct their tax dollars to programs necessary to care for those loyal tax payers who care about their neighbor. With a reported $330 million dollar surplus for the 2011 fiscal year, some of these "lifestyle" taxes should be rolled back and eliminated. Yet, senior, homelessness, addiction and mental health non-profit programs continue to be cut from budget plans each year. I will work to make them priorities for state funding. Any opportunity given to determine our own decision should be enthusiastically embraced at every turn. You chopped off the head of the green machine two years ago. Let's get rid of the rest of the machine.

Source: www.judi-jones.com (04/01/2012)

Government
DC Government and Agencies, a General Statement

DC Statehood is a necessity in order to self-determine our social programs. More and more of social programs take the biggest hit in hard economic times or when municipalities are trying to change the demographic landscape. Seniors and senior programs have been under attack from the incumbent councilmember for her entire tenure on the council. WDC exempts the first $10,000 of retirement payouts from state (WDC) tax. The incumbent councilmember voted to tax the first $10,000, basically negating the senior property tax exemption.

These seniors under fire are normally that part of our society who are civic active and are intelligent about their decisions in political matters. The incumbent councilmember sponsored legislation that rolled out new requirements for non-profits January 1 this year without a public relations strategy to disseminate the information. The legislation is vague enough to give agency directors great latitude in assessing penalty. So if a non-profit does not align its goals, objectives and actions with those in power, those non-profits can be marginalized or eliminated. At a time when we need to protect and care for our seniors, we are tossing them out as well as their avenues for a fair and democratic solution to their problems.

States are able to direct their tax dollars to programs necessary to care for those loyal tax payers who care about their neighbor. With a reported $330 million dollar surplus for the 2011 fiscal year, some of these "lifestyle" taxes should be rolled back and eliminated. Yet, senior, homelessness, addiction and mental health non-profit programs continue to be cut from budget plans each year. I will work to make them priorities for state funding. Any opportunity given to determine our own decision should be enthusiastically embraced at every turn. You chopped off the head of the green machine two years ago. Let's get rid of the rest of the machine.

Source: www.judi-jones.com (04/01/2012)

Neighborhoods
DC Neighborhoods, a General Statement

Smart development is an outgrowth of a good education. It is inclusive of all things in the surrounding community. No one stakeholder should hold the rest of the community economic hostage for development of other reasonable entities such as education and grass roots entrepreneurship. The invasion of Walmart is a mystery to me as to how six Walmarts would fit into the economic development of WDC. In Ward 4, with Walter Reed closing, small, retail businesses have taken a hit. Some have not survived. But the lack of business diversity has resulted in a void that Walmart will not fill. It's just not in their business model.

I have a business and economic development plan that includes business diversity as well as grass-roots entrepreneurial opportunities.

Source: www.judi-jones.com (04/01/2012)

Taxes
District of Columbia Taxes, a General Statement

DC Statehood is a necessity in order to self-determine our social programs. More and more of social programs take the biggest hit in hard economic times or when municipalities are trying to change the demographic landscape. Seniors and senior programs have been under attack from the incumbent councilmember for her entire tenure on the council. WDC exempts the first $10,000 of retirement payouts from state (WDC) tax. The incumbent councilmember voted to tax the first $10,000, basically negating the senior property tax exemption.

These seniors under fire are normally that part of our society who are civic active and are intelligent about their decisions in political matters. The incumbent councilmember sponsored legislation that rolled out new requirements for non-profits January 1 this year without a public relations strategy to disseminate the information. The legislation is vague enough to give agency directors great latitude in assessing penalty. So if a non-profit does not align its goals, objectives and actions with those in power, those non-profits can be marginalized or eliminated. At a time when we need to protect and care for our seniors, we are tossing them out as well as their avenues for a fair and democratic solution to their problems.

States are able to direct their tax dollars to programs necessary to care for those loyal tax payers who care about their neighbor. With a reported $330 million dollar surplus for the 2011 fiscal year, some of these "lifestyle" taxes should be rolled back and eliminated. Yet, senior, homelessness, addiction and mental health non-profit programs continue to be cut from budget plans each year. I will work to make them priorities for state funding. Any opportunity given to determine our own decision should be enthusiastically embraced at every turn. You chopped off the head of the green machine two years ago. Let's get rid of the rest of the machine.

Source: www.judi-jones.com (04/01/2012)

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