There was a nice turnout for Ray, with about 50 supporters, including community and political activists as well as ANC 2B-Dupont commissioners.
I counted four of the nine ANC 2B commissioners this morning and Vice Chair Will Stephens gave an introductory speech for Ray, as did LGBT and neighborhood activist Peter Rosenstein. My volunteer experience over the years tells me that this was a good sign for Ray–these are the kind of people you need to run a campaign and win an election.
Luis took some photos and Lupe gave Ray a kiss. The dog kiss for Ray was appropriate as he was instrumental in getting the dog parks on 11th Street and 17th Street NW during his tenure as director of DC Parks and Recreation. Holding the event in front of Java House was also appropriate as Ray has had morning coffee at this local coffeehouse for years.
Ray’s speech naturally focused on the larger issues affecting the entire city because he is running citywide in the Democratic Primary in September 2010 for the seat held by Councilmember Phil Mendelson. After his kickoff in Borderstan, Ray headed over to Wards 7 and 8 for events for Saturday afternoon events.
(Full disclosure: I have know Ray for more than 10 years and am supporting his campaign.)