Orange reintroduces himself to D.C. Democrats
Former council member Vincent Orange is reintroducing himself to the District's Democratic voters in his bid to succeed Vincent Gray as council chairman.
Orange sent out 80,000 mailers over the weekend to Democrats who have voted in two of the last three primaries to get out his story in advance of the Sept. 14 primary contest with council member Kwame Brown (D-At Large).
Orange, who represented Ward 5 for two terms, ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 2006, finishing third behind former chairman Linda Cropp and now-Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D). But he has shown that he can raise campaign cash, nearly $183,000, according to June finance filings. He's spent $48,000 on the mailers, which Orange said he plans to follow up with personal visits in a door-knocking effort.
Orange's mailer, complete with childhood photos, details his life story, growing up in poverty and becoming a lawyer and accountant. He stresses his "experience" and "fresh ideas," which include the expansion of pre-K programs and vocational and employment training.
"As chairman, I'll fight every day to improve our schools and our neighborhoods, put our residents back to work and tackle the tough financial challenges facing our city."
Despite the steamy weather Sunday, Orange served up spicy Indian food to a few dozen campaign volunteers at his headquarters on Connecticut Avenue in Van Ness. In his signature orange button-down and matching blazer, the candidate told supporters he would be an antidote to what he called the "tax-and-spend" council.
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