Orange takes on Brown to succeed Gray for council chairman
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.
May 10, 2010; 3:43 PM ET
Categories: 2010 District Election , Ann E. Marimow , D.C. Council
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