Brown Accentuates the Positive
(Washington Informer) — The chairman of the District’s legislative body is focused on serving the people of the District the way he believes it would most benefit them. D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown said that he will not imitate what past chairs of the D.C. Council have done. “I am Kwame Brown,” he said. “People know me. They say that Kwame Brown is the people’s chairman.” Brown, 40, was elected to head the D.C. Council in the November 2010 general election, making him the youngest person selected by the voters of the District to have that position. He fought a bruising primary battle with Vincent Orange, who served with Brown on the D.C. Council as a Ward 5 council member from 2005-2007. Brown, who was elected at-large to the D.C. Council in 2004, gave up his seat to become the chairman of the D.C. Council in late 2010 and tapped D.C. State Board of Education member Sekou Biddle from Ward 4 to take his place. The D.C. State Democratic Committee ratified Brown’s selection as his temporary replacement in January but the voters elected Orange, 54, to the position permanently on Tues., April 26. Brown was criticized for his misuse of public funds to lease two luxury sports vehicles before he was officially sworn-in to office on Jan. 2. He has also come under fire for his 2008 re-election campaign in which tens of thousands of dollars have been unaccounted for, according to the D.C. Office of Campaign Finance.