About OpenANC

OpenANC is an open database of Washington, DC Advisory Neighborhood Commission districts, commissioners, and candidates.

OpenANC is a non-official, non-commercial, non-partisan public resource. It was created to provide voters and candidates with more information about ANC districts with the goal of lowering the barriers to participation in local government.

What's an ANC?

Advisory Neighborhood Commissions are local government organizations in Washington, DC.

From Wikipedia: "ANCs consider a wide range of policies and programs affecting their neighborhoods, including traffic, parking, recreation, street improvements, liquor licenses, zoning, economic development, police protection, sanitation and trash collection, and the District's annual budget. Commissioners serve two-year terms and receive no salary, but commissions do receive funds for the general purpose of improving their area and hiring staff.

DC has 40 Advisory Neighborhood Commissions. Each commission consists of 2 to 12 commissioners who represent single member districts (SMDs). Each SMD contains about 2,000 residents. There are 296 total SMDs in DC

Data Sources

The list of current commissioners comes from the DC Office of Advisory Neighborhood Commissions: https://anc.dc.gov/

The list of candidates comes from a list published by the DC Board of Elections: https://www.dcboe.org/Candidates/2020-Candidates

The district shapefiles come from Open Data DC: https://opendata.dc.gov/datasets/single-member-district-from-2013

The names of ANCs were sourced from a database built by David Edmondson, Editor, The Greater Marin.

The raw data behind OpenANC is available on Google Sheets: OpenANC Published

Submit Edits

If you have any edits for OpenANC, whether it be a new write-in candidate or a suggested landmark for an SMD, please fill out this form.

For Candidates

OpenANC will list your write-in candidacy if you publicly declare it (in an ANC meeting, on Twitter, or in any other public forum). Please submit your information and you will be included in OpenANC.

Want to run for ANC?

Great idea! The deadline for qualifying for the ballot has passed, but you can still run as a write-in candidate. It's not unusual for a write-in candidate to win an ANC election. The Office of Advisory Neighborhood Commissions has more information on running for ANC as a write-in candidate: https://anc.dc.gov/page/running-write-candidate

Maintainer

OpenANC is built and maintained by Devin Brady, a data scientist who lives in Washington, DC.

Want to help improve OpenANC? Check out the source code and feel free to open an issue or a pull request.

Source Code

https://github.com/devinbrady/openanc

Links

Last updated: October 22, 2020