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Posted at 5:35 PM ET, 01/ 7/2011

Biddle sworn in as newest D.C. Council member

By Mike DeBonis

Sekou Biddle was sworn in Friday as a D.C. Council member, less than 24 hours after prevailing in a close vote among Democratic party activists.

Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown (D) administered the oath inside his John A. Wilson Building office in front of a crowd of several dozen -- including many of the Democrats who voted him in last night. Biddle was joined by his parents, Reggie and Freddie, his wife, Cara, and 5- and 10-year-old sons. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) stood next to Biddle as he took the oath.

Council members Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4), Michael A. Brown (I-At Large), Jim Graham (D-Ward 1), Phil Mendelson (D-At Large) and Harry Thomas (D-Ward 5) attended the oath.

Gray called Biddle's victory a "wonderful thing."

"It shows that the Democratic party can make an informed and rapid decision," he said.

Also in attendance was his political consultant, Tom Lindenfeld, D.C. Democratic State Committee chairwoman Anita Bonds and Ted Trabue, president of the State Board of Education -- the body Biddle resigned from today.

Biddle will serve until a permanent replacement is chosen in an April 26 special election.

By Mike DeBonis  | January 7, 2011; 5:35 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. Council, Jim Graham, Kwame Brown, Mike DeBonis, Sekou Biddle, Vincent C. Gray  
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Comments

A shady, questionable appointment to public office? OMG. Can you say Roland Burris.

Bring on the real election, where the city will VOTE for the at-large council member and not be subject to folks who vote one way and then go the other way because of some sitting council members that showed up to twist arms!

What were you promised, Anita?

Shameful DC, we deserve better.

Posted by: dropem95 | January 7, 2011 11:41 PM | Report abuse

What a mess! I agree dropem95, DC do deserve better. We deserve 13 new members on the DC Council because the one's we have isn't worth do do.

Posted by: CaptainKangaroo | January 10, 2011 12:48 AM | Report abuse

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