In the Hood: Ray Opens Campaign for Council Seat at Java House

by September 12, 2009 at 11:43 pm 1,756 0

Clark Ray kicking off his campaign for Council at Large at the Java House, corner of 17th & Q Streets NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Clark Ray opened his campaign Saturday for an At-Large Council seat in 2010. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Clark Ray at his Kickoff Campaign event while receiving kisses from Lupe. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Lupe gave Clark Ray a big kiss at his campaign kickoff in front of Java House. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

We headed over to Java House at 17th & Q NW Saturday morning for Clark Ray’s campaign kickoff for at At-Large DC Council seat next year.

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.)


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