My name is Sean Barry and I want to keep ANC 5D03 healthy, working and safe. I have lived in the District off-and-on since 2009 — in Eckington, Truxton Circle, Capitol Hill, and now, Carver-Langston. My wife Amanda and I met at a friend's birthday party in Petworth in 2010.
I was drawn to Carver-Langston because of its diversity, history, friendliness, and quick access to the National Arboretum and the Anacostia Riverwalk trail.
I graduated from the University of California, Berkeley (Go Bears!) with a major in political science and a minor in city and regional planning. Since that time, I have served in communications roles in several organizations, mostly focused on health care. My experience also includes working for the DC Government and for Blue Cross Blue Shield.
Outside my professional and political activities, my other interests include biking, urban forestry, historical fiction and singing.
As a hospital group spokesperson, I understand how our health care system works at both the local and national levels. As the lead public information officer for the District's health and human services agencies, I worked across the DC Government on important initiatives to improve people's lives.
Specifically, I have:
- Earned an appointment from Mayor Bowser to represent the business community on the Age-Friendly DC 2023 Task Force.
- Launched "Trash on Tuesdays" to help remove litter and keep Carver-Langston beautiful.
- Supported safe voting in the District of Columbia during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Championed the Pre-Arrest Diversion Pilot Program serving Starburst Plaza.
- Helped launch LIVE.LONG.DC, the District’s plan to end the opioid epidemic.
- Served as lead spokesperson for national initiatives to secure masks for health care workers and make sure life-saving equipment is available.
- Defended DC Health Link and the District’s health insurance gains from attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
- Helped plan and promote the District’s first Maternal and Infant Health Summit.
- Organized a telephone town hall on "Helping Neighbors in Cold Weather."
We live in a great neighborhood, but we have challenges. We also face continued risks from the COVID-19 pandemic. Together, we can:
- Slow down traffic on 17th and residential streets
- Clean up trash and illegal dumping
- Reduce violent crime and car break-ins
- Maintain safe and habitable rental housing
- Increase bus service on the X8 and other lines
- Encourage new commercial development while preserving neighborhood-serving retail
- Open the M Street entrance to the Arboretum
I hope this gives you a sense of my priorities. It would be a privilege to earn your vote early, by mail or on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3.