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Norton could face 2010 challenge from community activist

Christopher Dean Hopkins

Ward 4 community activist Douglass Sloan is considering a run against longtime Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton in 2010. Friends are holding a fundraiser Wednesday at an undisclosed location.

Sloan, who runs a public relations/government affairs consulting firm, offered few details but had this to say about possibly challenging Holmes Norton in an e-mail to D.C. Wire: "I feel obliged to do so because I'm interested in expanding the influence of the office to give it more of a local perspective and to be more engaged in policy issues that directly affect the residents of the District of Columbia."

Sloan has an uphill battle if he enters the race. Holmes Norton is wildly popular. Sloan was among a crowded field of 19 candidates in the 2007 special election to fill the unexpired term of the Ward 4 seat vacated by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty after he became mayor.

Muriel Bowser, endorsed by Fenty, won; Sloan had a 13th place showing with 1 percent of the vote.

But Sloan always attracts a handful of faithful followers, using his status as a native Washingtonian and as a former outreach coordinator in the mayor's Office of Community Affairs under Fenty's predecessor, Anthony A. Williams.

-- Nikita Stewart

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  December 7, 2009; 1:31 PM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election , Eleanor Holmes Norton , Nikita Stewart  
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I fail to see how someone who secured only one percent of the vote in a council ward election merits media attention in a potential race against a very popular city-wide politician. I'd much prefer coverage of other, far more important local issues.

Posted by: DCResident22 | December 7, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

@ DC Resident 22. good point, but the bigger issue is that Norton has to go. she's awful.

Posted by: caseythekid | December 7, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

I am delighted to see some new young leadership get involved in this all important race. It is time to pass the torch to the next generation of Washintonians. More importantly, Del Eleanor Norton Holmes needs to be challenged and at the very least made to held accountable. We owe it to the young man and ouselves to hear his ideas about moving the District forward.

Posted by: DarkWater | December 7, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Douglass Sloan is a community activist. He would be a breath of fresh air.

And Sloan can win. Voters want a change and they like underdog candidates.

Posted by: ObjectiveReader1 | December 7, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Since his battle is so uphill, take the smaller climb. Position yourself much better to build a strong base in war.d 4 and consider running against Bowser again. Small steps then leap! I live in ward 4 and don't know your activism.

Posted by: candycane1 | December 7, 2009 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Certainly a long shot, but Norton needs to be challenged. Like too many House incumbents, she is entrenched and increasingly out of touch. For years, she did a fine job - especially since she is without a vote - but her time is past.

Posted by: ryneduren | December 8, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Douglas Sloan is an opportunist like the At-Large D.C. Councilmember Michael Brown. I don't like Eleanor Holmes-Norton period and she hasn't done one thing to address illegal immigration in the District of Columbia. I am a Democrat, but I am sick of D.C. politicians liberal left wing policies. I will not be supporting Doug Sloan from the Lamond Riggs area of Ward 4. He use to live up in Shepherd Park. This guy is a loser too like Eleanor Holmes-Norton.

Posted by: Ward4DC | December 8, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

CandyCane1, you don't want to vote for Doug Sloan. He use to work in the office of former At-Large D.C. Councilmember Harold Brazil, before going to work for former Mayor Anthony Williams. I wouldn't vote for this guy as the Ward 4 Councilmember either. He was an ANC Commissioner in 4A in Shepherd Park, then he became an ANC Commissioner in 4B.

Posted by: Ward4DC | December 8, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Ward4DC: Thanks for the heads up! Like I said I don't know of his activism and it seemed like such a stretch.

Posted by: candycane1 | December 8, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

As chair of ANC 4B, he is ocassionally very condescending and insulting towards citizens. He also doesn't want to address questions about the ANC's spending, which ahs actually been an evasive issue that predates his tenure. There is no way in hell I'd vote for him.

Posted by: logosdesigns | December 9, 2009 8:29 PM | Report abuse

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