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Learn more about the District of Columbia
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.
The District of Columbia Chamber of Commerce website contains a wealth of information about things to do in the District, including museums, monuments, restaurants, accommodations, and activities.
Another way to be more engaged is to contact a District official if you have something you want to tell 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.
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 some ways you can participate: