Wednesday, November 7, 2012
The at-large race for the two District council seats was the most contested local race for Georgetown voters.
Updated 2:05 p.m. Nov. 7 David Grosso (I) ousted incumbent Councilman Michael Brown (I) from his seat on the District Council and incumbent Vincent Orange (D) hung on to his seat, which he won in a special election. Voters in Georgetown and Glover Park voted in step with District voters in selecting Grosso over a field of at-large candidates. In the West Village and Glover Park, the candidate with the second most votes was Orange, but in the East Village Republican Mary Brooks Beatty (R) garnered more support than Orange. In an email to supporters sent Wednesday, Gross wrote: "This election shows that the time is now for a new day in D.C. politics. Voters have made a statement that they are ready for D.C. to move forward to the next level…
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Candidates will face questions from local media.
Four candidates for two At-Large seats on the District Council will try persuade Georgetown voters to vote for them at a candidates forum today. Current Councilmen Michael A. Brown and Vincent Orange will be joined by challengers David Grosso and Mary Brooks Beatty on today from 4 to 6 p.m. The event, hosted by the Georgetown Business Association, will take place at St. John's Episcopal Church (3240 O St., NW). Patch will be asking questions of the candidates, so let us know what topics you would like addressed.
Monday, October 1, 2012
The candidates, incumbents and issues that will be affecting Georgetown and Washington, DC
As we look ahead to November’s elections, Georgetown Patch is devoted to bring you the information you need about every race in town. Here's our start on the candidates and issues we'll be covering as November draws near. Bookmark this page for updates. Voting Information Absentee voting is already underway in the District. You may request an absentee ballot here. Unlike many states that have restrictions, anyone can choose to vote absentee in D.C. If you vote absentee, your ballot should be postmarked on or before Nov. 6 and must arrive by Nov. 16 this year. If you moved or changed your name, your previous voter registration may no longer be valid. You can check your voter registration information here. You can register to vote and cast…
Sunday, September 30, 2012
What do you want to ask the candidates for the At-large seat on the District Council?
Next week Georgetown will host four of the contenders for the two at-large seats on the District Council at a candidate forum from 4 - 6 p.m. on Oct. 4. Georgetown Patch will be there to ask questions live, but we can also submit several queries in advance. We wrote about the attendees earlier this week. Now we want to hear from you. What would you want to ask Mary Brooks Beatty (R, challenger), Michael A. Brown (I, incumbent), David Grosso (I, challenger) and Vincent Orange (D, incumbent)? What are the local issues that matter most to you? Do you want to know about ethics reform? Are you worried about funding for local schools? Do you want to see financing to entice businesses to come to Wisconsin Avenue? Tell us in the comments and we'll…
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Candidates for the at-large seats on the District Council will be in attendance.
Next week Georgetowners can hear directly from candidates for one of the only contested local positions in the November election: At-large Member of the District Council. Two total will be elected. Current Councilmen Michael A. Brown and Vincent Orange will be joined by challengers David Grosso and Mary Brooks Beatty on Oct. 4 from 4 to 6 p.m. Mary Brooks Beatty is running as a Republican. She is a Ward 6 resident. Michael A. Brown is running for re-election as an independent; he was first elected in 2008. Brown serves as the Chairman Pro-Tempore and At-Large Councilmember of the Council of the District of Columbia. He is a Ward 4 resident. David Grosso is running as an independent. He is a Ward 5 resident. Vincent Orange is running for re…
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
The primary, especially for Democrats, left little up to choice, with the exception of the at-large race for District Council.
Election Day in Ward 2 offered little in the way of hotly contested races to drive voters to the polls except, perhaps, the race for the at-large seat on the District Council. With all precincts reporting, incumbent Vincent Orange had less than a one percent lead over Sekou Biddle, one of his challengers. Final results that include absentee and provisional ballots will not be available until April 13. Orange won a special election last April, ousting Biddle who had held the seat at the time. Last April, Georgetowners voted overwhelmingly for Patrick Mara, a Republican. This time around Georgetown went for Biddle. In both precincts 5 and 6, Democrats favored Biddle, followed by Peter Shapiro and then by Orange. Mara did not run. Ward 2 …
The District holds both its presidential and local primary election Tuesday, April 3.
The District holds its primary election Tuesday, April 3 for both federal and local office. D.C. has closed primaries, meaning you can only vote for the slate of candidates within the party you are registered. Where to vote? If you live in the East Village, you will be voting at Christ Church. If you live in the West Village, you vote at Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Still not sure? Check your polling location by inputting your address. When to vote? Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Who are the candidates?
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Biddle is running against incumbent Vincent Orange, to whom he lost his seat last April.
Sekou Biddle secured endorsements from both the Washington Post and the Washington City Paper in his run for the at-large council seat in the April 3 election. The seat is currently held by Vincent Orange who ousted Biddle in the April 26, 2011 special election. Biddle lost that race to Vincent Orange, partially because he was unable to shake the perception that he was part of the problem in floundering Gray administration. When Orange was elected, Patch political contributor Doug Parrish wrote, "The fact is, Orange was not elected because residents believe he’ll bring about change. He was elected because he’s well known, and he ran a strong campaign. That’s what a seasoned politician does." This time around, Biddle is running as a reform …
Monday, March 5, 2012
Federal agents raided Jeff Thompson's office Friday; he is a major political donor to D.C. officials.
Federal agents raided the home and offices of Jeff Thompson — owner of Chartered Health Plan, the city’s single-largest contractor — Friday. Monday political candidates were quick to link Thompson to their incumbent opponents. According to The Washington City Paper, federal agents raided Thompson's home and office Friday, though they did not make any arrests or file any charges. Thompson has made and raised thousands of dollars in contributions for nearly all of D.C.'s elected officials, according to The Washington Post. About the raid's significance, The Post wrote, "Friday’s actions are the latest indication that federal authorities continue to investigate corruption in city government." Monday, At-large Candidate for the D.C. Council, …
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Biddle, a candidate for the at-large District Council seat, says he would 'abolish' controversial constituent service funds.
Sekou Biddle is once again campaigning for the at-large seat on the District Council, after being ousted from his interim seat in the April 26, 2011 special election. He lost that race to Vincent Orange, partially because Biddle was unable to shake the perception that he was part of the problem in floundering Gray administration. Orange garnered 28.9 percent of the vote with a mere 10 percent of registered voters voting. Biddle stopped by the Glover Park ANC meeting last week to share his goals for the District and to answer questions from residents. He said his three areas of focus are: Education, Jobs and Employment, and Leadership. Biddle said he is increasingly concerned about the significant racial and economic gap in D.C. Public …