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Brown: "I am DCPS"

The Ward 4 Democrats held a forum last night on the upcoming Democratic primary for a council at-large seat, and it was a one-man show.

Council member Kwame R. Brown is the only declared candidate so far, but he said, "we're going to act like there are 100 people running."

Brown listed his accomplishments for the crowd at Emery Recreation Center, citing his co-sponsorship of the school modernization plan in 2006 and his compliance legislation approved Tuesday by the council. The compliance legislation creates a unit within the D.C. Auditor's office to track the promises of affordable housing and jobs for District residents made by developers who receive public financing or land.

He also shared personal stories of not being the brightest or most ambitious student when he was younger. He said exposure to college, including through Marion Barry's famed youth leadership program, steered him to higher education.

The graduate of Wilson High School and Morgan State University said he was proud of sponsoring a recent college tour for students from Anacostia and Ballou high schools. He also gives awards annually to "most improved" seniors from each high school. With two children in public school and a wife who is a former teacher, Brown said, "I should have a T-shirt that says, "I am DCPS."

Robert A. Malson, president of the DC Hospital Associaton and husband of Ward 4 Dems president Deborah Royster, commended Brown for attending the forum.
"You're going to win again," he said. "It shows real leadership when you come out when you don't have competition."

Nominating petitions to get on the ballot are not available for circulation until May 9 and don't have to be filed until June 9.

By Nikita R Stewart  |  April 3, 2008; 12:26 PM ET
Categories:  2008 District Election  
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Uh ruh! took Anacostia and Ballou students on a college tour...whadda about other students...

Posted by: PowerandPride | April 3, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

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