Council Race Wrap Up

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There are two D.C. Council At-Large seats up for reelection this year.  Michael A. Brown, running as an Independent candidate and Vincent Orange, the Democratic candidate both face challengers for their seats.

Brown, who faces the largest field of competition, has been under media scrutiny recently for allegations of $113, 950 missing from his campaign’s account of the past year.

Brown’s top challenger is David Grosso, another Independent candidate. According to the last financial report, Grosso has $67,000 in the bank, compared to Brown’s $16,000.

Grosso is not the only candidate chasing Brown, so are Independent candidates, Leon Swain and A.J. Cooper along with Republican candidate Mary Brooks Beatty and Statehood Green Party candidate, Ann C. Wilcox.

Brown was recently elected Chair Pro Tempe, after the embattled former Council Chair Kwame Brown (D), resigned and after Phil Mendelson (D) became the new council chairman.

While, Brown continues to fight for his seat, he is also fighting public scrutiny for a foundation he headed that did not file proper tax returns.

Brown heads the Ron H. Brown Foundation, named after his late father, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce under former President Bill Clinton.

His foundation is under close watch because he did not file tax returns for many years before officially shutting the non-profit down in 2008.  There are no tax returns on file for Brown’s company after 2011, leaving the years leading up to the 2008 dissolve unaccounted for.  In a statement, Brown said that the 2008 Democratic Convention in Denver was the foundation’s final activity.

Orange runs unopposed in the race against other Democrats, but still faces threat amongst all of Brown’s challengers. There two At-Large Council seats are open to any party.

Other candidates whose seats are up include Council members Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) and Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4), although both are running unopposed. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) is being challenged by Jauhar Abraham, a co-founder of Peaceholics and Ward 7 Council member Yvette Alexander (D) faces the Democrat, turned Republican candidate, Ronald Moten, also a former co-founder of the Peaceaholics.

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