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Family legacy boosts Thomas in Ward 5

Christopher Dean Hopkins

The after-work crowd was filing into the Langdon Park Recreation Center, located at 2901 20th St. In Northeast.

John McDermott, 60, said he supported Eleanor Holmes Norton because she supported federal funding for housing initiatives. He also supported Harry Thomas, Jr. for council.

"I've been living in this area for three years now and I think he has done a pretty good job."

Geraldine Hunter, 55, called herself old-school for voting for the Thomas family. She said Harry Thomas Jr. supports many of the same things his father did, including youth programming and education.

She said she hoped for more programs to support her three children and the Ward
5 community, "but if the money situation is as it is ... they can only do what they can. Hopefully, with the new mayor we'll get a little bit more."

Hunter said she voted for the ability to vote for an attorney general. "In this situation, change might be better," she said.

Abu Bangura, 40, said he still supports Fenty, but voted for Vince Gray to follow the party line.

"In a little bit of time he made transformations that will go a long way,"
Bangura said of Fenty. He said he enjoys the strides Fenty made in education and crime reduction, but did not like Gray's campaign.

By Christy Goodman  | November 2, 2010; 6:31 PM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election  
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Now that Harry has been elected he needs to get into more action and less rethoric. He can start by cleaning up Parks and Rec which is the worst agency in the district. The staff at the rec centers is lazy and central office is worse. The permits office operates like in a third world country and management doesn't seem to exist. Harry's political future will be written in the next 2 years and can begin by reforming parks and rec.

Posted by: reality10 | November 2, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

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