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Confident About His ANC Race, DJ Gavin Holland Forgoes the Victory Party

DJ Gavin Holland didn't have a victory party planned last night, even though he was pretty sure he'd win a seat on Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1A. “When I throw a party, it’s a DJ thing," said the 27-year-old Columbia Heights resident, not long after polls closed. He stressed that he hadn't run as a DJ, but as a community member.

Being a full-time DJ and producer is "not really part of my platform," he said over Belgian beer and stiff fries at Marx Cafe in Mount Pleasant. (Disclosure: I picked the spot. This wasn't a truffle-fries setup.) Still, he said, laughing: "It is not a secret that I will be pro-nightlife." Holland, whose tastes skew toward progressive house, helps run the popular Nouveau Riche dance night at U Street Music Hall, as well as the Wild North night and the project Party Bros. He used to work at XM satellite radio, but has been DJing and producing full-time since 2008.

As for Holland's confidence: Holland's next-door neighbor Kat Skiles, the only candidate on the ballot for ANC 1A11, withdrew from the race after getting a job with the federal government. And Holland was fairly sure he was the only resident in the single-member district mounting a write-in campaign. All he needed, he said, was votes from himself and a few others.

Turns out this morning that there were 22 write-in votes (overall, so not necessarily for Holland) in the single-member district, compared to 219 for the withdrawn Skiles. Reached this afternoon, Holland wrote: "It'll take a little while for official results because I was a write-in. But I expect to win."

As for his stances on issues: He's concerned about public safety, citing high violent crime in his single-member district. He'd like to be "a communicator" by liaising between the community and the police. At the same time, he says he doesn't like the police car that's been stationed on Columbia Road between 13th and 14th streets for about a year (ANC 1A11 covers, more or less, the area between 14th and 11th streets NW and Irving and Harvard streets NW). If a policeman has to be there, he said, he'd prefer he was sitting in an unmarked car. As is, he said, the police car makes the area "feel like a war zone."

He said he's heard rumblings of a moratorium on liquor licenses along 11th Street NW. He'd oppose that. Spots like Room 11, Wonderland, and Red Rocks aren't especially rowdy, he said, and do lots of food business. "They add to the culture" in the neighborhood, he said.

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  • Gavin Holland

    Thanks for the write-up Jonathan! I'd just like to clarify for everyone my position regarding the police presence between 13th and 14th on Columbia Rd. NW:

    In light of the crime in that area, there's no question that constant police presence is necessary. The question is more about what form that police presence takes. There's not just a marked police car - every night from dusk until dawn for over a year, there have been massive generator-powered floodlights shining on the street (and spilling into the apartments). The police car's flashing lights are also on, every single night.

    That sort of presence, in my opinion, is what a temporary - not a permanent - solution looks like. If the area is going to need bright light to deter crime for the next few years, then let's install a bright street lamp and cut out the noise and energy waste of a generator. If there's going to be a uniformed police presence in the area 24 hours a day, then maybe the car doesn't need to be a marked one.

    In short, these crime deterrents are necessary, but they don't need to be ugly and increase anxiety in area that needs the opposite.

    Regardless of what MY ideas are, I'm going to consult the residents of Columbia Heights Village about this, because while this section of Columbia Road indirectly affects everyone in my district, it affects the people who live right there the most. If it turns out I was successful in my run for ANC, this is one of the first issues I plan to address.

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