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Posted at 1:48 PM ET, 12/22/2010

Scott Kubly, DDOT streetcar maven, exploring D.C. Council run

By Mike DeBonis

Another interesting development in the upcoming race for the at-large D.C. Council seat being vacated by Chairman-elect Kwame Brown: A member of Mayor Adrian Fenty's administration is quietly exploring a run for the seat, meeting with potential supporters and gauging his standing in a race that could attract a half-dozen or more candidates.

Scott Kubly has been a top deputy to transportation director Gabe Klein, serving as his point man on some of the department's highest-profile projects, including the streetcar program, the D.C. Circulator and Capital Bikeshare. Kubly, a Ward 4 resident, previously worked for former City Administrator Dan Tangherlini, both at Metro and in the D.C. government.

Kubly is hoping to rally support among the vocal supporters of Fenty and Klein's transportation and other policies -- including the same crowd that rallied to save streetcar funding after D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray briefly moved to strip $50 million from the effort during budget negotiations in May. He'll be competing for the votes of die-hard Fenty supporters -- votes that other potential candidates, such as Patrick Mara, Clark Ray and Sekou Biddle might be counting on.

Kubly, who has been asked by Mayor-elect Gray to remain at DDOT on an interim basis, declined comment.

The election is set for April 26. Tomorrow, candidates can pick up ballot petitions, and between Dec. 24 and Feb. 16, a candidate must collect 3,000 signatures from registered voters to get on the ballot. Meanwhile, on Jan. 6, the D.C. Democratic State Committee will vote to appoint a temporary placeholder for the seat.

By Mike DeBonis  | December 22, 2010; 1:48 PM ET
Categories:  DCision 2010, The District  
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Even if you assume Kubly can attract some of the "blog vote", he has no name recognition beyond the transportation geeks.

Others who are in the race can attract the same vote and still appeal to a much broader segment of the voting public.

Posted by: LukasWP | December 22, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Scott Kubly shold not take ANY credit for capital bikeshare. There are other dedicated people that worked their butts off to get it up and going. Scott's administrations only manages but it is Jim Sebastian's bike team that did all the work and got the funding. DeBonis - give credit where credit is due!!!

Posted by: on_the_line | December 22, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

So, uh, how many voters do DC smart-growth bloggers and hangers-on make? Maybe 100? There will be a lot of candidates in a low-interest race, but 100 is still probably not going to be much of a base.

Posted by: getjiggly2 | December 22, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Yes, I'm sure a city with one of the

Posted by: Petworthsuperstar | December 23, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Yes, I'm sure a city with one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation would love to know how Kubly's Wharton degree was paid for with their tax dollars. Will he pay DC taxpayers back after he's elected to Council?

Posted by: Petworthsuperstar | December 23, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

SCOTT KUBLY? He should be run out of the door by the Mayor-Elect! Kubly has stolen money from the District Government by duping us (citizens) into paying for his $150,000.00 Executive MBA Degree! I know that Council member Barry has called for an investigation into this, and this may be why he has been asked to stay on! He needs to pay back that money he got from District tax dollars! I wish the District could give me $150,000.00 so I can go to school and get a masters degree!!! WOW!!!!

Posted by: kaboom1 | December 23, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Why would Mayor-elect Gray keep someone on board who has milked the taxpayers out of $150,000 to go to an elite college. When did he work? It appears that the Gray Transition Team's nexperience in attracting quality candidates is starting to show. Disappointed that no change is coming that any different.

Posted by: dcgovcorruption | December 23, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Kubly began that Wharton Masters program prior to becoming a District employee. He was still working at WMATA. However, the District, with Gabe Kleins blessing, retroactively, paid his bills.

Kubly deserves a pink slip, not a public office.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | December 27, 2010 12:36 AM | Report abuse

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