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Brown's ascension to council chairman sets up special election

Ann Marimow

Council member Kwame R. Brown's all-but-assured ascension to the chairman's spot after Tuesday's Democratic primary sets up a special election for his open seat.

It's too early for election officials to set the date. But they anticipate that the contest will be held next spring, similar to the post-2006 special elections for open seats in Wards 4 and 7, which were held in May 2007.

Even though the special election is many months away, the jockeying has begun among those interested in the temporary appointment to Brown's job, according to David Meadows, executive director of the D.C. Democratic Party. The 82-member Democratic State Committee will be charged with choosing Brown's successor. Some of the possibilities include: Council member Harry Thomas (D-Ward 5); former Parks and Recreation director Clark Ray; state committee chairwoman Anita Bonds; former at-large candidate Adam Clampitt, Ward 1 committeeman Stanley Mayes; and Ward 8 Chairman Jacque Patterson.

Brown, meanwhile, put out a statement after his defeat of former council member Vincent Orange, saying he is "determined to unify and lead an independent council that is accountable to the residents of the city."

As of Wednesday morning, Orange said he had been unable to reach Brown to concede.

In an e-mail message, Orange said that Brown's cellphone is off and mailbox is full. So Orange sent him the following text message:

"CM Brown, I've been trying 2 reach u 2 congratulate u on your victory. Your cell is off. Congratulations! I look forward to working with you for a better DC.:)"

Reached by phone Wednesday afternoon, Brown said he didn't realize until he learned from a reporter that the message was from Orange. "Most people just call," Brown said.

This post has been updated since it was first published.

By Ann Marimow  |  September 15, 2010; 2:02 PM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election , Ann E. Marimow , D.C. Council  
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Clark Ray deserves to be appointed councilman about as much as Faith deserves to be mayor.

Posted by: lipschitzantwon | September 15, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Michelle Rhee for At-Large City Council. She needs a job. Not sure she's a Democrat, though.

Posted by: emrj | September 16, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

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