ANC stands for Advisory Neighborhood Commission, and they have a big impact on neighborhood life in the area. Below are the answers to some frequently asked questions about ANCs.
An ANC is a non-partisan, neighborhood body made up of locally elected representatives called Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners. The purpose of ANCs is to give community members a voice in their neighborhoods. Created by a 1974 referendum, ANCs provide a say for District residents on a variety of matters, including planning, streets, recreation, social services programs, health, safety, and sanitation.
The Commissioners, who serve two-year terms without pay, are elected at DC Elections in November in even-numbered years. The next election is November 3, 2020. Please vote!
ANCs represent small areas called Single Member Districts (SMD). The Commissions provide advice to a variety of groups on behalf of their community, including:
ANC’s cut out the distance between government and the people they serve. They do this by providing more direct representation of District residents.
Each SMD encompasses about 2000 residents, with boundaries regularly adjusted as the population increases. There are currently 40 ANCs. Dupont Circle belongs to The Dupont Circle Advisory Neighborhood Commission – ANC 2B, which has nine SMD seats.
ANC 2B03 is located in Northwest DC in Ward 2. It includes certain blocks in Dupont Circle. See below for a map of all of ANC 2B03. All registered voters in 2B03 can vote for 2B03 Commissioner. The ANC 2B03 seat is currently vacant.