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Orange quits Pepco to run for council chairman

Washington Post Editors

Former Ward 5 council member Vincent Orange resigned Tuesday from his job as a vice president at Pepco, signaling that he is preparing to run for D.C. Council chairman in the Democratic primary in September.

"There was a great celebration at Pepco today as Vince goes on to pursue other options, as we try to analyze the next steps," said Sean Metcalf, a close friend and associate.

Metcalf stopped short of confirming that Orange will jump into the race, which would pit him against council member Kwame R. Brown (D-At Large).

Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) said last week that he is "unlikely to run," despite an earlier announcement that he would compete for the seat that would be vacated by incumbent Vincent C. Gray, who is running for mayor.

-- Nikita Stewart

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By Washington Post Editors  |  April 27, 2010; 5:48 PM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election , D.C. Council , Nikita Stewart , Vincent C. Gray  | Tags: D.C. council chairman, Jack Evans, Kwame R. Brown, Vincent C. Gray, Vincent Orange, d.c. council  
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Posted by: jester660 | April 27, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Great Vince Orange - the utility lobbyist that tried to increase residents Electric bills by a jillion dollars! No thanks. He shouldn't have quit his day job.

Posted by: 1tenforall | April 28, 2010 12:09 AM | Report abuse

Wait isn't Sean Metcalf a former staffer of Jack Evans? Does anyone know?

Posted by: 1tenforall | April 28, 2010 12:13 AM | Report abuse

Ward 5 resident (13 years), I just can't see Orange leading the council. I'm sorry I just can't.

Posted by: thelildiva4u | April 28, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

"There was a great celebration at Pepco today as Vince goes on to pursue other options"

I'm sure there was, as they're probably glad to be rid of him! He was useless on the Council before, he'd be useless again. Just say no.

Posted by: legalmoose | April 28, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

yup - metcalf was evans' director of comm, but left to work for the eagle bank bowl.

Posted by: onthecontrary | April 28, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

My recollection is that Ward 5 was happy to see him go. Hmm....

Posted by: candycane1 | April 29, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

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