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D.C. Council chairman contest heats up

Washington Post Editors

With D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) now officially in the race, the contest to replace him as chairman is beginning to take shape.

According to sources, council member Kwame Brown (D-At Large) will be a candidate and is taking steps to line up support. Brown, an African American who chairs the Committee on Economic Development, was the top vote getter in the 2008 at-large council race.

Brown was unavailable to comment Tuesday.

Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), chairman of the Finance and Revenue Committee, also appears to be finalizing his plans to enter the chairman's race, sources said. Evans, the longest-serving council member and an unsuccessful candidate for mayor in 1998, has strong ties to the business community and is expected to be a prolific fundraiser.

Evans declined to comment Tuesday.

Despite published speculation that she could also enter the race, former council member Kathy Patterson told D.C. Wire that she has no plans to run for office this year.

Council member Phil Mendelson (D-At Large) has also been rumored as a potential candidate for chairman, instead of his seeking reelection to the council this year. Earlier today, Mendelson's opponent in the at-large race, Clark E. Ray, questioned whether the incumbent's heart was in the at-large seat or chairman's race.

Mendelson, the top voter getter in the 2006 at-large race, assures D.C. Wire that his current focus is his reelection campaign.

"I haven't ruled anything out, but at the moment, I am focused on my own race," Mendelson said.

-- Tim Craig

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 31, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election , D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig , Vincent C. Gray  
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All 13 members sitting on the Council of the District of Columbia need to go.

Posted by: cancer1 | March 31, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Why was it stated that K. Brown, is an African-American? Jack Evans was not referred to as an Caucasian. Why does the WaPo have to always try to race base elections? If you live in DC you should know the ethnic background of elected city officials. However, this race identification is for the non-Washington, DC busy-bodies, who try to run this city from other parts (NY) of the country.

Posted by: fivetogo | March 31, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

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