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Ward 2 Jack Evans Becomes Longest Serving Councilmember

From David McAuley. Email at david[AT]borderstan.com

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Jack Evans, Ward 2 Councilmember. (Luis Gomez Photos)

As of today, Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans becomes the longest-serving DC councilmember in history. Evans has served 7,947 days (21 years, 9 months). Evans’ office says that there are no special ceremonies or observances planned for the day.

Ward 2 includes most of Borderstan (Dupont-Logan) west of 11th Street and south of U Street NW, and extends to Georgetown, the Potomac and the Capitol.

Evans was first elected in a special election held on April 20, 1991, to fill a seat vacated by John A. Wilson, who had become Council chairman. He was sworn in on May 13, 1991. On that day, gasoline cost an average $1.11 a gallon at the pump, the Soviet Union was asking the West to save it from collapse and a 28-year-old Roger Clemens was on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine.

Evans has strong ties to Borderstan. His most recent re-election campaign headquarters was at 1402 14th Street NW, near the corner of Rhode Island Avenue. He opposed the proposed closing of Garrison Elementary School at 1200 S Street and was part of an effort that ended with a January 2013 reversal of the decision to close the school.

He has been involved for many years in attempts to resolve parking problems resulting from the changes in the neighborhood, most recently with a March 2012 proposal for a new parking regime in Logan Circle to make on-street parking easier for residents. His website also highlights his contribution to the establishment of well-known landmarks as the P Street Whole Foods, the Washington Convention Center and the Watha T. Daniel Library, as well as the future City Market at O Street in Shaw, scheduled to open in May.

Until today, the longest-serving DC councilmember was Hilda Mason, who served as an at-large member of the DC Council from 1977 to 1999. Mason died in 2007.

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One Response to “Ward 2 Jack Evans Becomes Longest Serving Councilmember”

  1. Gumper says:

    Time for him to go. Or at least stop parking his car illegally on the 2400 Block of M Street when he goes to his law firm — that’s not official city business and he should be paying for parking like the rest of us. Of course, with Jack it’s always about the perks of office (Nats tix, inaugural parking, campaign contributions from developers).

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