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Orange takes on Brown to succeed Gray for council chairman

Ann Marimow

It's official: There will be fresh oranges again on the campaign trail.

Former D.C. Council member Vincent Orange is set to enter the chairman's race Wednesday, his campaign said Monday. Orange will face Kwame R. Brown (D-At Large) in the primary contest to succeed Chairman Vincent C. Gray, who has his eye on Mayor Adrian Fenty's job.

All signs suggested that Orange would get into the race if council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) stepped aside. After initially saying he would run, Evans told WAMU's Kojo Nnamdi he was "unlikely to run." His spokesman Andrew Huff said in an e-mail Monday that Evans is definitely out.

Orange left his job as a vice president for government affairs at Pepco late last month. Even before a news release went out Monday, Orange's signs were up along Military Road over the weekend.

Orange, who represented Ward 5, gave up his seat after two terms to run for mayor in 2006, and, yes, handed out oranges to potential voters along the way. As the Wire's astute readers have pointed out, Orange's candidacy sets up a colorful race, with Orange and Brown vying to succeed Gray.

By Ann Marimow  |  May 10, 2010; 3:43 PM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election , Ann E. Marimow , D.C. Council  
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Comments of the best WaPo headlines ever.

Posted by: byte1 | May 10, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse WaPo headline, ever.

Posted by: byte1 | May 10, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Great. I don't recall Vincent Orange ever voting "present" on any matter before the council. Particularly for a position as important as the Attorney General. Whether you agreed with it or not, his position was always clear. I can respect that and expect it from anyone who seeks to lead the legislative branch of District government.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | May 10, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Vincent Orange - is this the same guy that only won 3,000 votes last time he ran for citywide office? Wow.

Posted by: 1tenforall | May 10, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Actually, Vincent's last citywide race was in 2008 for the DC Democratic National Committeeman, which he won with 20,000 votes. Check your facts before you post.

Posted by: calimanindc | May 10, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Ward 5 resident for 13 yrs now. While orange did win DC DNC Committeeman with 20K votes, this isn’t representative of all D.C. although majority democratic

2008 Kwame won by 172K plus

2006 the last city wide election that Orange ran where all citizens democratic, repubs and independents could vote he received 3,075. Maria Johns had 8,401 and we all know who won the election.

My issue with Mr. Orange is that I just think he wants to be in office just to be in office. I really didn't see him visible in the community. Also with Pepco the new gangster of utilities in D.C., I'm wondering where he stood on the rate hikes.

Now Kwame with the present vote on God Daddy Pete was wrong. But, his other stances on vocational education, local minority business, and ensuring that women affected by domestic violence had a safe harbor help me. We can also correct that decision by removing Gestapo Fenty.

Posted by: thelildiva4u | May 11, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

D.C. voters are doomed with these idiots running for office. I look forward to my death. King Fenty and this left wing utra liberal D.C. Council is taxing D.C. residents to death. I'm I the only one emailing these fools telling them not to tax us to death? There's too much apathy amongst D.C. voters/residents.

Posted by: Ward4DC | May 12, 2010 1:22 AM | Report abuse

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