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Thank you for participating in Solving DC Problems Campaign 2006!

This page provides you with information you can use to get more "engaged" in the District of Columbia. The page will be updated regularly. Please contact us if you would like to suggest additions to this page.

Learn more about where you live

Enter your home address into The DC Citizen Atlas, a great public service provided by the D.C. government, and find lots of useful information about your neighborhood, including: the closest recreation centers, police and fire stations, schools, and Metro stations. By entering your home address into The DC Citizen Atlas, you also receive information about where to vote in elections and who your elected representatives are.

Participate in the local 2006 elections

This year's elections are very important and will have a tremendous influence on the future of the District of Columbia. City residents will elect a new Mayor, and seven of the 13 D.C. Council seats are up for grabs (Council Chair, two at-large seats, and the seats for Wards 1, 3, 5 and 6).

If you are interested in how the District of Columbia is run, you should participate in the elections this year. Here are a few ways you can participate:
  • Vote in the elections. Are you registered to vote? Click here to check on your registration status. Not registered? Click here to register to vote. Do you know where you need to go to vote? Click here to find out.
  • Attend candidate forums and debates. There is no better way to learn about candidates than to hear them speak for themselves.
    Click here for a list of upcoming forums
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Public Officials

Know your public officials. If you have something you want to tell them, contact them. Here is a list of officials, with links to their websites:
  • Mayor of the District of Columbia--the Mayor is the District's Chief Executive. Click here to view the Mayor's cabinet, or here for a complete list of government officials.
  • Council of the District of Columbia--The DC Council has 13 elected members, one from each of the eight wards and five elected at-large.
  • US Congressional Representative, Delegate
  • "Shadow" Congressional Delegation--DC residents elect two shadow senators, and one shadow representative.
  • Board of Education--The Board of Education has five elected members, four appointed members, and two student representatives.
  • Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs)--ANCs consider a wide range of policies and programs affecting their neighborhoods, including traffic, parking, recreation, street improvements, liquor licenses, zoning, economic development, police protection, sanitation and trash collection, and the District's annual budget.
Stay Informed

One of the best ways to be engaged is to learn more about the District and to keep up with what's going on. Here are two websites that will help you be more engaged:
  • DC Vote is an educational and advocacy organization dedicated to securing full voting representation in Congress for the residents of the District of Columbia. Its website is full of information about the District, including history and links to the websites of other organizations working to improve life in the District.
  • DCist is a website about the Washington, D.C. area and everything that happens there. In addition to regular updates regarding local news, entertainment, culture, etc., DCist maintains a comprehensive list of links to local media websites and websites related to food, arts, politics, and D.C. services.


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