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Frumin, Settles, Silverman rise to the top on public safety

It's a photo finish for the at-large DC Council candidates' visions for how to address crime. The voting at Let's Choose DC ended in a near-tie between Matt Frumin and John Settles, with Elissa Silverman a very close third.

Results for question 2, on education. Click for full infographic.

DC voters rated the responses of nine candidates to this question:

Chief Lanier and Mayor Gray have made a lot of the drop in homicides, but other crimes—assaults, robberies—remain stubbornly high. How should DC police deal with those challenges, and do you have an opinion on how many officers MPD needs?
Let's Choose DC is presented by Greater Greater Washington, DCist, and PoPville and is open to all DC residents. Nine candidates provided responses. Five are still eligible for the April 23 ballot, while four have either dropped out of the race or did not file petitions by the deadline yesterday.

Mr. Frumin, Mr. Settles, and Ms. Silverman all had over 60% of participating voters rate their responses as persuasive or very persuasive. Mr. Frumin and Mr. Settles were almost perfectly tied; 65.43% of voters gave Mr. Frumin's response a positive rating, while 65.38% did so for Mr. Settles (62.63% did for Ms. Silverman).

Mr. Frumin also barely edged out Mr. Settles in percentage of voters rating his response "very persuasive," 20.2% to 19.9%. Ms. Silverman, meanwhile, got the highest proportion of votes for "very persuasive," 22.1%.

Three other candidates—Anita Bonds, Michael Brown, and Perry Redd—did file petitions to appear on the ballot, but did not give us answers to the crime question.

Mr. Redd has, however, joined in starting with question 3, on education, and you can read his response and those of the other 5 participating candidates still in the race. That includes the answer from Paul Zukerberg, which we did not have when the answers went live on Tuesday because, frankly, I messed up; I accidentally mis-copied and pasted the candidates' email addresses, and never sent Mr. Zukerberg the question.

He kindly rushed an answer to us, so even if you have already voted, please consider reading and rating his answer so we can fairly weigh his answer in the results for that question, which will come out next week.

If you haven't yet voted on the education question, please start voting today! You can vote until midnight Monday, at which point we'll have responses to question 4, on the District's growth.

David Alpert is the founder of Greater Greater Washington and its board president. He worked as a Product Manager for Google for six years and has lived in the Boston, San Francisco, and New York metro areas in addition to Washington, DC. He now lives with his wife and two children in Dupont Circle. 


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This might be unpopular with the blog reader base, but maybe Ms. Silverman would be better served by actually answering the questions, rather than posing what questions she would ask if on the Council. We get it, she is a former journalist, but if she cannot come out with actual policy positions on such basic questions, then maybe she isn't suited for this job.

by William on Jan 24, 2013 1:04 pm • linkreport

Maybe you need to read her responses again; I see lots of policy positions in her answers.

by MLD on Jan 24, 2013 1:12 pm • linkreport

Has there been any communication from Ms. Bonds or Mr. Brown regarding why they're not participating? Or are they just ignoring communications?

by Geoffrey Hatchard on Jan 24, 2013 1:12 pm • linkreport

Brown said he would start participating after he filed his signatures, which he did yesterday. I am going to remind him in hopes he will submit a response for question 4, which is due for candidates tomorrow and which we will post Tuesday.

I have heard nothing from Bonds since the very start, when she said she wanted to participate and then has not communicated since.

by David Alpert on Jan 24, 2013 1:16 pm • linkreport

Can you tell us the response rate? I'm curious how many people are voting.

by SM on Jan 24, 2013 1:22 pm • linkreport

I would guess they don't think they need to participate.

by Alan B. on Jan 24, 2013 1:26 pm • linkreport

We had about 2,500 votes (one vote = one person on one candidate) on the first one, and 2,100 on the second.

by David Alpert on Jan 24, 2013 1:27 pm • linkreport

@William, I think Silverman is best served by giving the boilerplate responses as she has. Her time as a journalist isn't a bad thing..time as a lobbyist much more so.

I'm quite bummed out that Brooks got out because I actually liked his delivery because it wasn't just a campaign slogan like some of the others. I don't really think there's much a comparison between his response and Silverman's so consider me confused. I mean really, being able to ask tough questions and being a lobbyist is considered a good answer? Is that what we're lacking? Tough questioners?

FWIW, I ran into issues attempting to figure out if the answers were repeats of things already in place or not. I'm hopeful that some of the things we're already doing.

by HogWash on Jan 24, 2013 2:34 pm • linkreport

I don't see how Brooks provided any more concrete answers. Typically he said things like "In my opinion, making our streets and neighborhoods safe goes beyond the effectiveness of law enforcement. We need to address the opportunity gaps that continue to create socio-economic disparities. We need to build an educational system that is a pipeline from the cradle to college/productive careers instead of a pipeline to prison. "

I don't think people disagree, but that also doesn't propose any actions or specific plans. Good intentions aren't enough to make good leaders.

by Alan B. on Jan 24, 2013 2:56 pm • linkreport

"Heckuva job, Brownie."

by Bob on Jan 24, 2013 5:05 pm • linkreport

I don't see how Brooks provided any more concrete answers.

Are you responding to a post that was deleted? Who said Brooks gave "concrete" answers? What "I" said is that I liked his better. A specific plan to use data to determine deployment seems like standard practice. How else does Lanier do it? I don't know the answer but does MPD really not do this already? If not, that's some shiggity.

I do know that I've personally witnessed an increase in foot/bike patrols in my part of town.

by HogWash on Jan 24, 2013 5:29 pm • linkreport

I think it's notable that not a single one of the top candidates mentioned negotiation of a new police contract as a top priority, or discussed the size of the force in relation to the health and morale of the force.

by Brian Pate on Feb 6, 2013 10:55 pm • linkreport

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