Leon J. Swain Jr. (I)

Office Sought: D.C. Council

Occupation: Retired metropolitan police official; former chairman, D.C. Taxicab Commission.

Email Address: ljs@swain2012.com

Website: http://www.swain2012.com

On the issues

What is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction?

As a candidate for the at-large council seat, I recognize that the most urgent problem depends on the ward. For example, Ward 5 is facing urgent infrastructure problems surrounding sewage backup that has led to serious flooding during heavy rain. Ward 8 is facing the effects of widespread unemployment. Education is consistently a challenge in every ward. Although the city is on stable financial footing, education, unemployment, transportation, infrastructure, affordable housing and HIV are all urgent issues that need to be addressed.

Why should voters elect you?

To restore citizens' confidence in the council. My law-enforcement background will bring unique perspective. My record of service has always placed ethics and D.C. first.


Metropolitan Police Academy; U.S. Naval Photographer's School.

Offices and Positions Held

Current president, former vice president, 2006-07, Naylor Gardens Housing Cooperative; chairman, United Medical Center (formerly Greater SE Hospital) 2010-11, member, 2008-2010; chairman, D.C. Taxicab Commission, 2007-11, commissioner, 1994-1997; Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, 2004-08; instructor, Child Passenger Safety Training, 2000-07.

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PROJECT: Wilson Andrews, Jason Bartz, Ryan Kellett, Katie Parker, Leslie Passante and Serdar Tumgoren - The Washington Post. Published Oct. 8, 2012.

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