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Sources: Orange could announce run for council chairman seat this week

Former D.C. Council member Vincent Orange could announce his candidacy for council chairman as early as this week, according to sources who have been in contact with him.

Orange, who was on the council from 1999 to 2006, has long indicated he could get into the race if Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) decided not to run for chairman. Evans last month publicly stated his intention to run, but on Friday, Evans told WAMU's Kojo Nnamdi he's "unlikely to run."

Council member Kwame Brown (D-At large) has already filed to run, and some have questioned whether Evans could defeat him.

Orange, who gave up his council seat in 2006 to run for mayor and is now a vice-president at PEPCO, declined to comment about his political future. On Saturday, Orange was spotted schmoozing at Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray's campaign kickoff for his mayoral campaign.

--Tim Craig

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By Tim Craig  |  April 27, 2010; 6:09 AM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election , D.C. Council , Tim Craig  | Tags: Jack Evans, Kwame Brown, Vincent Orange  
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Go Vincent Organge. He got things done while on the council. He had no problem taking a position on issues and did not ride the fence on issues. Not like K. Brown. Lord knows what he stands for. Orange undersands the issues, and understands where the city is and its future. There will be a great balance between government and the community.

Posted by: gordonbundy | April 27, 2010 6:39 AM | Report abuse

The objective should be to get Mrs. Orange to support a Orange council chair run. As I understand it, she has a great deal to do with whether, or not, Vincent runs.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | April 27, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

We don't need a new mayor and chair from the same ward. Let's get behind former Councilmember Vincent Orange for chairman. Councilmember Kwame Brown should remain as a councilmember and continue to vote present on important issues impacting residents (he voted present on confirming the attorney general). A compassionate, mature and intelligent leader that will represent all DC residents ---- Vincent Orange for Chairman.

Posted by: maserfentyaintnogood | April 27, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

You can have either one of those as Chairman. Brown or Orange. I like Brown. But, Fenty is the Man for the big chair. I think that he has matured significantly and is doing an incredible job. With the obstructionists gone (except Barry, M.Brown, Thomas) the new Chair and he will do many great things for the District together. Viva Fenty! Viva Brown! Viva DC!!!

Posted by: politicalrealist | April 27, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

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