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Evans 'unlikely to run' for D.C. council chair

Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), whose candidacy for the council chairman's race has been in doubt, said Friday in an interview on WAMU's "The Politics Hour with Kojo Nnamdi" that he is "unlikely to run" for the position.

For weeks, Evans has been saying that he may bow out of the race, given an impending marriage to his fiance and raising his 13-year-old triplets.

Privately, sources close to Evans, a longtime incumbent who has represented Ward 2 for 19 years, said he worried about waging a race for the chairmanship against at-large Council member Kwame R. Brown, who has now won twice citywide.

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By Nikita Stewart  |  April 23, 2010; 4:06 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. Council , Nikita Stewart  | Tags: Jack Evans, Kojo Nnamdi, Kwame R. Brown  
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It's also time for him to just get off the Council and get a real job. He's way to entrenched in the Council along with several others. Get some fresh blood in there and some fresh ideas. Also say good-bye to Graham, Barry, Mendelson, Catania, and Bowser (since she's just Fenty's lap dog).
One more thing, the story above had it that Fenty and Rhee have loads of parking violations. From what I've seen of Evans' parking his car in illegal spots, he probably is in the same league or worse.

Posted by: blankspace | April 23, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

it's no way he could win a city wide office.

this is not about marriage and family. this is the same part-time job he has had for how many years?

Posted by: oknow1 | April 23, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

That half a million he pulls out of Patton Boggs every year would be a terrible loss to any family struggling to make ends meet. Also if Kwame, G'd forbid, should actually get elected Evans could overwhelm him intellectually while sleeping on a beach three time zones away.

Kathy Paterson, please run for Chair!

Posted by: SoCali | April 23, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

I agree Oknow1. Now I still have an issue with him confirming God Daddy Pete, but overall I think that he's done a good job. Phelps, battered women's shelter, looking out for small and minority business. I even liked his question during the Skinner scandal regarding what government worker gave the ok for these payment.

Posted by: thelildiva4u | April 23, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Good! It would have been a waste of time and money.

Posted by: candycane1 | April 23, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Before I tell you to go back to Southern California; I have three questions. Is there any african-american in DC, in your mind, that would be an intellectual equal to Jack Evans? If Jack Evans, chair of committee on revenue and finance, is so smart; why is the city broke? And finally, why do you have trouble expressing your belief or disbelief in God. WTF does G'd mean? Say what you mean and stop trying to make your argument through inferences.
Now go back to Southern California, DC doesn't need you.

Posted by: KwameFan | April 24, 2010 11:41 PM | Report abuse

@KwameFan: you sound like a real sharp one - a DC native, correct? Yikes. Are you really trying to pin the city's financial situation on Evans? There is this little thing called the "economy" - you may have heard of it - that has all cities in real trouble right now. before evans starting looking out for our finances, we had a control board. now we have a AAA bond rating. does this mean anything to you? you should get some learnin' on before forming an opinion on this. then again, experience doesnt matter in races in dc. just color. evans would be a great chair - kwame is all style and no substance. never heard someone talk for so long without saying a damn thing.

Posted by: onthecontrary | April 25, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Wow Evan's would be a great chair for business. That's about all. The Chairman/women for the D.C. City Council should be able to balance all interest, which Kwame could do.

I'm wondering if this new talking point questioning the intellectual capacity of councilmembers is a tactic used just on a specific demographic with-in the council?

Posted by: thelildiva4u | April 26, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

In essence Evans is saying, "you got to know when to hold em', know when to fold em', know when to walk away, no when to run."

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | April 26, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

If Councilmember Evans is not going to run,
the best person available to fill the shoes left by Chairman Gray is former Councilmember Vincent Orange. This would be a step in the right direction for the city.

Posted by: bill121 | April 26, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

"the best person available to fill the shoes left by Chairman Gray is former Councilmember Vincent Orange"

You're kidding, Right? Vincent Orange makes Kwame look like a Nobel-Prize winning rocket scientist.

Posted by: LongTimeRez | April 27, 2010 11:40 PM | Report abuse

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