Changes in the distribution of DC’s population captured in the 2020 Census require boundary changes of the city’s wards, advisory neighborhood commissions (ANCs), and single member districts (SMDs). The DC Council has already approved a new map delineating the city’s wards, and appointed task forces for each ward to draw new boundaries for the ANCs and their SMDs.
Since the 2010 Census, Ward 3’s population increased by 6,414, or 8.1% to 85,301. ANC 3F’s population grew 7.7% to 14,908, and the increase will require changes to the boundaries of its SMDs, and perhaps even to the ANC.
The population of a single member district can only be between 1,900 and 2,100. Single member districts ANC 3F03, 04, and 07 have gone over the population threshold. ANC 3F01 is now under it.
Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh and some at-large members of the Council appointed eleven task force members to represent various parts of the ward: Jerry Malitz, chair (Chevy Chase), Kamolika Das (McLean Gardens), Jimmy Dubois (Woodley Park), Tricia Duncan (Palisades), Brian Flahaven (Friendship Heights), Corina Garay (Glover Park), Troy Kravitz (Spring Valley), Mary Alice Levine (Tenleytown), Bill Sittig (Van Ness), Thomas Sneeringer (Friendship Heights), and Bob Ward (Cleveland Park).
The representative for the greater Van Ness area, Bill Sittig, is a former ANC 3F commissioner and longtime resident of Yuma Street. Current commissioners cannot serve on the task forces. After the 2012 redistricting took effect, then-ANC 3F06 commissioner Cathy Wiss was a resident of ANC 3E.
The Ward 3 task force began deliberations in early January and must submit its report to the Council by April 1st. The Council will hold hearings in April and will vote on the final map by June. These districts will then be used for the general election later this year.
The task force encourages maximum participation by residents. Task force meetings are open to the public and are scheduled on Zoom for every Tuesday through March 29th from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Recordings of past meetings are available here, as are the dates and link to future meetings. Questions and comments should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Edited to correct the acceptable population range for SMDs.