Monica Roaché, a Georgetown advisory neighborhood commissioner whose district runs from P Street at Rock Creek to Whitehaven Parkway, will not seek reelection, she announced July 11.
An educator and fifth-generation Washingtonian, Roaché was recently elected as at-large committeewoman on the D.C. Democratic State Commission.
Ballot applications for advisory neighborhood commissioners are due Aug. 8. Roaché has endorsed Elizabeth Miller to replace her as ANC 2E07 commissioner.
The following is Roaché’s announcement:
“It has truly been a pleasure serving my community as an ANC Commissioner. Over the last three plus years, I have gained a wealth of knowledge about D.C. governance and Georgetown. However, it is with a heavy heart that I announce that I will not be running again for re-election on the ANC. This is a very difficult decision for me.
“However, with my new position on the DC Democratic Committee, I think it’s best. My term as the DC Democratic At-Large Committeewoman is four years. As we approach the next presidential election, my responsibilities and time commitment will increase in this role. I want to give my full attention and energy in helping to select the best leaders locally and in throughout the country. Thanks to everyone who voted for me on June 19.
“Don’t worry, I am still the ANC 2E07 commissioner until Dec. 31. After January, I will still remain active in the community and I hope to continue to serve where needed on a committee or task force. I do have hopes for one candidate who is running for my position. Please look out for the name Elizabeth Miller. I am endorsing her campaign and believe greatly she will be a hard worker and dedicated to our Georgetown village. I may call on some of you to sign her petition so she can qualify to be on the ballot in November.
“Thanks to each one of you for all of your support. I love Georgetown and this city. No matter my title, I will continue to fight for a great quality of life for all D.C. residents and for statehood.”
ANC 2E chair Joe Gibbons offered high praise for Roaché, citing her work for the Jackson Art Center lease extension, Montrose Park reinvigoration, safe streets and more.
“Monica has always taken the lead when it comes to representing the traditions and heritage of Georgetown,” Gibbons said. “Monica spearheaded the first (and now annual) clean-up, reaffirmation of the Mount Zion Cemetery/Female Union Band Cemetery. Monica coordinated the Father/Daughter Committee of the Georgetown Visitation School (under the direction of Headmaster Dan Kerns) with the Mount Zion Cemetery Foundation, that included, Vincent DeForest, Neville Waters, and the Rev. Johnsie Cogman. In fact, her leadership of this event allowed for Council member Jack Evans to have the District Council set aside $200,000 for cemetery repairs.”
“Monica has been a superb vice chair of ANC2E handling many behind-the-scenes issues that allow our ANC2E to function properly and work with the D.C. agencies for the benefit of our community.”