Deaf in DC Politics

Two of DC’s first Deaf neighborhood commissioners, Matthew Sampson representing Dupont Circle and Robb Dooling representing NoMa, had a whirlwind first half of 2019. 

  • In Dupont Circle, Sampson supported the creation of more housing near the Masonic Temple on 16th St NW and a future bike lane from Dupont circle to the national mall via 20th and 21st Sts NW.
  • In NoMa, Dooling convinced the future developers of an empty lot at New York Ave and North Capitol St NE to commit to higher percentages of affordable housing and the new park at the site. 

Picture of Robb Dooling giving a speech in front of an elegant bookcase, in a suit

Dooling, however, was compelled to resign from his commissioner seat after purchasing a home in a different district. He said in his last meeting and in the Hill Rag newspaper, “I am disappointed that my best efforts to remain in 6C06 failed, but I am enthusiastic to remain an advocate for housing everywhere as a human right.” DCAD is sad to see Dooling leave the NoMa ANC but thrilled to welcome him as a member-at-large on the DCAD board. 

Sampson continues to serve on the Dupont Circle ANC and his term will end in January 2021.

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