From Tom Hay. Questions for Tom? Send him an email Tom[AT]borderstan.com. You can follow him on Twitter @Tomonswann.
After extensive media focus on the Republican Presidential primaries over the past few months, it is time to turn our attention to the DC primary scheduled for April 3, 2012. In addition to selecting their presidential preference based on party affiliation, DC voters will also be asked to choose their party nominee for November general election for an At-Large Council seat. The same is true for the four wards where seats are up this year, including Ward 2. DC’s primary is early this year — it’s usually held in September.
Candidate Forum on March 13
Neighborhood residents are invited to attend a community forum for the candidates in the for the At-Large Democratic Primary on Tuesday, March 13 from 7 to 8 pm at the Black Cat, 1811 14th Street NW. Doors open at 6:30; ID required.
The forum will be moderated by David Alpert of Greater Greater Washington. Sponsors of the forum are The Urban Neighborhood Alliance, Borderstan.com, Dupont Circle Advisory Neighborhood Commission, Dupont Circle Citizens Association, Dupont Circle Merchants And Professionals Association, Dupont Circle Village, Dupont Festival, Greater Greater Washington, Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets, Logan Circle Community Association, Meridian Hill Neighborhood Association and the U Street Neighborhood Association.
Orange and Biddle, Again
The At-Large seat up for grabs is currently held by Vincent Orange (D). Thirteen Members make up the DC Council: a representative elected from each of the eight wards; and five members, including the Chairman, elected at-large.
If it seems to you like Orange just took office, you are right. He won a special election back in April 2011 to fill the remainder of the At-Large term that became vacant when Kwame Brown was elected Chairman in November 2010.
With a crowded field of Democrats running for the seat (there was no primary), Orange defeated Republican Patrick Mara. The upcoming race will be for a full four-year term. Orange will face opposition from E. Gail Anderson Holness, Peter Shapiro and Sekou Biddle.
Biddle briefly held the seat when he was voted in by the DC Democratic State Committee to serve as interim At-Large member until a special election could be held. Anderson Holness currently is an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner in Ward 1. Shapiro lives in Ward 4 and had previously served on the Prince George’s County Council when he was a resident of Maryland.