Thursday, August 17, 2006

ANC Commish has New Challenger

Kevin Chapple, a patent attorney and small business owner, has announced that he’s running for the ANC seat held by ANC2C Chairman Leroy Thorpe, Jr. Thorpe’s single-member district includes the area bounded roughly by N, New Jersey, Florida, and 7th (with some blocks missing—see map). Chapple has a spiffy new website and blog, but he does not yet seem to be well known in the community.

The announcement has created a bit of a buzz in the blogosphere. Thorpe has won various awards and citations for his street work with youth to reduce crime in the area and thoroughly dominates the ANC2C meetings, but he is considered by many to be a polarizing figure.

This may be a much more interesting race than we thought.


At 8/23/2006 8:16 PM, Anonymous Mahdi Leroy J, Thorpe, Jr said...

I look forward to the ANC race. I been reading your bloggers for quite some time. All praises be to Allah (God) some of you people can't understand that I made it possible for you to live peacefully in Shaw over the years via my drug patrols. Some of you will never understand me until you take the time to know me. I am Muslim before I am anything. It's not intelligent to judge a person when you do not know him/her and I don't scream at ANC meetings. I have a right to my beliefs just as you have a right to yours. Rest assured you benefit by my anti-crime work. You rest at night while I fight crime and you wake up to slander me. I can't wait until the day of judgement when Allah awards me your deeds for slandering my name. I don;t need the ANC position I made my nmae with my Red Hats Patil group. Also the ANC budget can't afford an office.

At 8/27/2006 6:52 PM, Anonymous barak said...

If the ANC budget cannot afford an office (and why should you need one? one might ask when modern technologgy allows for a virtual office) where does all the money come from for all of the iron framed tree boxes that bear your name, but are clearly unevenly distributed around the community, Mr Thorpe? Why are some residents more served with more of your generosity than others?

Al-hamdu lillahi rabbil 'alamin

At 9/03/2006 11:27 PM, Blogger retracsemaj said...

I applaud Leroy Thorpe for putting forth his best effort over the years. Unfortunately, Leroy Thorpe's best effort is inadequate for Shaw and the ANC2C02 single member district.

Leroy's approach to crime is reactionary at best. Once something happens he barks at police for not doing their job. I agree that police should be held accountable, but I also believe in preventive approaches that focus on the systemic causes of crime. What has Leroy done to ensure affordable housing projects? What has Leroy done to improve the appearance of our neighborhood? Selectively use ANC funds to put tree boxes outside the houses of supporters. How does Leroy help Shaw residents get jobs?

He single handidly crippled the efforts to ensure a true community benefit agreement during the construction of the convention center. He has testified before city council against efforts for affordable housing lobbied to be included in the Radio One project.

Simply put, whenever a good idea is not Leroy's, he objects to it carte blanche because he did not come up with it. He is not a consensus builder. He does not listen to all of his constituents.

We deserve better representation. We deserve a commissioner who is not anti-White, not anti-American, not homophobic...Leroy Thorpe has proven time and time again that he is not that person.

Unlike the unopposed election in 2004, we have a choice. Have courage, put aside your apathy and join me in not re-electing Leroy Thorpe on Tuesday, November 7th.


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