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Evans Votes Early, Finds Support

Post staff writer Michael E. Ruane reports from Ward 2 this morning:

It was very quiet at 7 a.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 1350 O St in Georgetown, in Ward 2. Only one voter was in line: Richard Drew, 79, said he was there to vote for "good old Jack." About 30 seconds later, Councilman Jack Evans showed up, becoming the second in line to vote.

Drew said of Evans, "He hasn't done anything wrong that I can think of, and I've been here 30 years." Drew is a retired PR man. He said there usually are not large turnouts for primaries. He said usually there are more people in line than just him and Evans, however.

Evans, the longest-serving council member who is being challenged by Cary Silverman, arrived wearing a starched whtie open neck shirt. People were beginning to emerge walking their lap dogs and carrying their lattes, or bicyclists in their spandex suits.

Evans said, "I hope I'll win." Drew, standing next to him, said, "You always win."

Evans, asked why he thinks he'll win, said "just general feedback. Over 17 years, you certainly can see the progress made all around you, really, in the city, particularly in the finance area where I was head of the finance committee for the last eight years. So I think that's earned another four years on the council."

"Frankly, the council's changed a lot," Evans added. "We have a lot of new members. There's a role for someone who does have experience. Seven of the 13 members have been there less than four years. It's a time in our country and city when change and youth and energy are the mantra, so as a 17-year incumbent, you have to worry about that. But hopefully, the voters will look for someone with experience as well."

John Hopkins, 61, a consultant who was also one of the early voters in line, said he was supporting Evans. "He's really done an excellent job. He's one of our Council members who's exhibited some leadership in getting us back on our feet fiscally. Certainly with that, and the economic development, he's done nothing but really move the city forward over the past several terms."

A bicyclist, Tom Willging, 67, said he also was voting for Evans. "It was more that I didn't like the challenger," he said. "I'm not a big Jack Evans supporter. I didn't like what he did with the ballpark, but he's been there a long time, and he's done a lot. Probably more for the business community. I thought he gave a lot of money to Major League Baseball."

By David A Nakamura  |  September 9, 2008; 8:52 AM ET
Categories:  2008 District Election  
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mr. nakamura—you managed to prove a point that a lot of silverman supporters have been saying all along: jack evans doesn't do ward politics. everyone there you quoted as supporting him says they do so for reasons that have nothing to do with ward 2 specifically, but the city in general. he'd be a fine at-large council member, but ward 2 needs someone who helps ward 2.

Posted by: IMGoph | September 9, 2008 9:47 AM | Report abuse

" the city, particularly in the finance area where I was head of the finance committee for the last eight years."

This is the same committee that ignored numerous warnings from its own auditor for three years while $50+ million flew out of the Office of Finance and Revenue never to be seen again--just one of many improprieties in the OFR under Evans' stewardship.

Another example of cognitive dissonance issuing from Mr. Evans direction.

Posted by: LongTermRez | September 10, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

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