I live at the Flats at Atlas, located at 1600 Maryland Ave NE. I am also the former ANC Commissioner for 5D03 from 2016-2018. During my tenure, we saw a massive reduction in crime, the summer crime initiative, major progress towards a cleaner and safer neighborhood generally. I could not run for reelection as I entered the race to become Mayor. I would like the opportunity to finish the great work that I started! Although I did not prevail over the incumbent, I did come in second to the current Mayor in the 2018 June Primary.
I am fighting to preserve the District so that it is not continuously gentrified, housing remains affordable, and crime is reduce to a rate that the District has never seen.
I need your VOTE on NOVEMBER 3, 2020!
ANC Commissioner 5D03, 2016-2018; Democratic Mayoral Candidate 2018; Volunteer for Bread for City, Capital Area Food Bank, Advocate and Organizer for Homeless. Current member of DC Metropolitan Police Department Citizens Police Academy. Cohort 14. Author and Speaker. Sits on the Board of over a dozen organizations in the District.
Bachelor of Science - Kent State University
Juris Doctor - The Ohio State University
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As a Washington D.C. resident for nearly 17 years, I have come to call this great city home. I appreciate all the District has to offer, from the diverse cultures to the opportunities abound… and I understand that it is the people who make it what it is. That’s why I believe that a successful community is built by putting People First. As your commissioner, I will focus on the impact to people in all I set out to do.
I have always had a passion for lending a helping hand to those in need, from children to adults, and those with physical, psychological or other issues that may present obstacles in life, putting People First means all people.
Food insecurity is an issue that I feel strongly about eradicating. As an active member of the Greater Mount Calvary Holy Church (GMCHC), located in Ward 5, I serve on the auxiliary board. Through my church and in conjunction with the USDA, I serve children meals from June to August. This program is known as the Race Against Child Hunger. This program is for students that are underprivileged and families that generally can’t afford to feed their children during the summer months.
I volunteer with the Capital Area Food Bank in Northeast Washington. At the food bank, we bag and box food for underprivileged families. Working with the food bank has really allowed me to see that so many too many families still struggle with basic necessities. I am excited to continue to help bolster the food banks good work.
I have worked with Bread for the City since March 2013. Working with Bread for the City has given me the opportunity to interact with so many families that are eager to express their appreciation for the program, help, and food. It warms my heart to see families happy to have food.
For many of us, shelter to call home can easily taken for granted, as we are blessed to have the resources to afford it. This experience, of course, is very different for some families right here in our community.
I am a Board Member of the Natural Ivy Foundation for the Homeless located in Los Angeles, CA. Now, the organization is working to open an office in Washington, D.C. It is a privilege and honor to work with the board of this organization. Together, we have helped countless homeless-families transition from living on the streets to stable housing. Natural Ivy has earned numerous awards (including awards from the City of Los Angeles) for its outstanding work in LA and surrounding areas.
In thinking about the future, I believe it is vital to invest in our children. I’m an in-class monitor with Carlos Rosario Public Charter School in Ward 5. Most of the students that I work with are not native English speakers. As a classroom monitor my duties are to ensure that students understand the assignments and how to perform the work.
I am also currently a mentor with BEST Kids DC. This organization seeks to promote better futures for youth in the District’s child welfare system by developing and supporting one-on-one mentoring relationships between the youth and caring, consistent adults. This type of volunteering is beyond important to young people that may be disadvantaged. I realize there is so much I can share and it is beyond a great joy to be able to give back in time and share life experience and hopefully shape the future of these young men. I recently received the Top Mentor’s Award for dedicating the most hours to my mentee out of roughly 100 mentors.
I am also a Certified Mandated Reporter for DC Families Services. Mandated reporters are professionals obligated by law to report known or suspected incidents of child abuse and neglect. As a mandated reporter, I act as part of the citywide safety net that provides life-saving interventions for vulnerable children and youth in our community.
I am an outreach volunteer with Whitman Walker Health on public safety and provide information to the general public, and at-risk groups, about the transmission of HIV and other STDs.
I am currently a Board Member for the Flats at Atlas Tenant’s Association (which serves the tenants of my residence). We are one of the largest developments in Ward 5 section 5D03. As a member of the Board we recently oversaw the 95 million dollar sale and acquisition of the property. During the process we also were actively involved to ensure that every tenant was protected under the District Tenant’s Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA).
Our neighborhood is one that is ever changing. From the people, the businesses, the opportunities and culture, I want to work with you to make sure that any changes are moving us in the right direction.
On Election Day – Tuesday, November 8th, I hope to have your vote… a vote at the polls, and a vote of your confidence that I will be the leader that ANC 5D03 and Ward 5 needs to move in the right direction.
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An ANC is a non-partisan, neighborhood body made up of locally elected representatives called Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners. They are a unique feature of the District’s Home Rule Charter.
The Commissioners, who serve two-year terms without pay, are elected at DC Elections in November in even-numbered years (e.g. 2016). The ANCs were established to bring government closer to the people, and to bring the people closer to government.
The ANCs’ main job is to be their neighborhood’s official voice in advising the District government (and Federal agencies) on things that affect their neighborhoods. Although they are not required to follow the ANCs’ advice, District agencies are required to give the ANCs’ recommendations “great weight.” Moreover, District law says that agencies cannot take any action that will significantly affect a neighborhood unless they give the affected ANCs 30 days advance notice. This includes zoning, streets, recreation, education, social services, sanitation, planning, safety, budget, and health services.
The ANCs may also initiate recommendations for improving city services, conduct neighborhood improvement programs, and monitor resident complaints.
James has been mentoring 16-year-old Philip since February of 2015. From the very beginning, James’ welcoming and open personality helped pave the way for a very close relationship with Philip."Andy M., Mentor Coordinator BEST Kids Mentoring Program
A big thank you to James Butler who volunteers with ESL students at the Sonia Gutierrez campus."Carlos Rosario Charter School Sonia Gutierrez campus
It has been my pleasure to work with James on the Flats at Atlas Tenants Association. The challenges we faced with the association and his focus allowed us to move past multiple issues and overcome several roadblocks…"Kenneth S., President Flats at Atlas Tenants Association
My campaign will have a booth at this weekend's H St. Festival from 12PM-7PM. This, however, will be a wonderful opportunity for me to meet many of you and for you to ask me questions about what I plan to do and why you should vote for me. Further, you will be able to register to vote, change voting address, and do absentee ballots at the booth and enjoy all the other food and festivities that the Festival has to offer!