BOWIE – A senior administrative judge for Washington, D.C. has thrown his hat into the ring to take over former Councilman Todd Turner’s seat on the city council. Joseph Edward Lim, a Bowie resident since 2008, said he applied for the vacancy because he loves the city. “I really appreciate the fact that it’s being […]
BOWIE – A senior administrative judge for Washington, D.C. has thrown his hat into the ring to take over former Councilman Todd Turner’s seat on the city council.
Joseph Edward Lim, a Bowie resident since 2008, said he applied for the vacancy because he loves the city.
“I really appreciate the fact that it’s being conservatively financed, the fact that they keep it clean, that they care about the trees and ambiance,” said Lim. “Also, because of my background I think can help.”
Lim said his background in law makes him a viable candidate, but he also understands the needs of the community.
“In the legal sense, I know what’s a good law, what’s a bad law and I want to make sure it’s constitutional, make sure it’s fair and make sure it’s clear and well-written,” he said. “This is why I want to make sure this place continues to be encouraging and innovative and welcoming.”
If appointed, Lim would like to accomplish a few things in the few months that he has the job, including demanding more open spaces in the city.
“I want to make sure commercial interests and people who want to preserve whatever green natural space there is,” said Lim. “Population keeps increasing, more and more demand to have open spaces. I want to make sure it’s balanced so that you don’t short change one or the other.”
Whenever there is free land people want to turn it into a park, Lim said, but other people want to establish a building on that land. As an example, Lim pointed to a proposed Walmart in Bowie, which has opposition from many of the nearby residents.
“There are people on one side saying ‘No. We don’t want that because of the traffic,’ and others are saying it will bring more jobs and more affordable services to the community,” said Lim. “So you have to balance that out.”
Despite only being on the city council for several months, if selected, Lim said he would be excited to serve. He also confirmed he would consider running for reelection after the term ends if he is appointed.
“It’s almost a year. It’s not just a few months. Of course, you can’t expect miracles even if you’re there for an entire term,” said Lim. “Let’s take for example the Affordable Health Care Act, Obamacare. It was started like six years ago and it’s still being fought. Every progress in society is always two steps forward and one step back…there’s always going to be resistance.”