Six newly elected officers of the Bellevue Neighborhood Citizens Association were sworn in Saturday by Ward 8 Councilman Trayon White.
A standing-room-only crowd witnessed the event which took place at the William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library. The officers include Kemi Morten, president; Sheila Bunn, vice president; Jacqueline Kinlow, treasurer; Cornelia Harris, recording secretary; Jaren Hill Lockridge; corresponding secretary and Samuel Thomas, assistant treasurer.
“There is a direct connection between gun violence and the lack of adequate recreational opportunities for our youth,” said White, who represents 75,000 Ward 8 residents. “Ward 8 has the largest percentage of youth of any ward in the city. Effective January 2019, I will chair the Council’s Committee on Recreation and Youth Affairs with oversight of all the District’s recreation centers. As chair of the committee, I will have additional Council staff and will work hard to ensure that recreation centers across the city — and especially in Ward 8 — are fully funded so that our youth will have positive alternatives.”
Former D.C. mayor and current Ward 7 Councilman Vincent Gray brought greetings and provided the Bellevue NCA an update on the Council’s recent enactment of his legislation that will bring a new, full-service hospital to Ward 8 to be operated by George Washington University, with an estimated opening date of December 2021.
“We are pleased that so many Bellevue residents and friends came out to our first meeting and are encouraged by their awesome excitement and commitment,” Morten said. “Simply put, if you live in Ward 8 and have a Southwest address, you are part of our Bellevue family, and we need your ideas and energy.”