(Washington Informer) — Days before residents flock to the polls on April 26 to vote in the special election for the at-large council member seat, none of the nine hopefuls appear to have outshined the other. Sekou Biddle, 39, currently holds the seat, having assumed it in January after Kwame Brown took over as City Council chairman. Biddle, who has served on the D.C. State Board of Education, also taught for eight years. He is strong on academic issues and, in addition to the support of his predecessor and Mayor Vincent Gray, has the backing of several of his colleagues on the Council. Though Biddle has been an early favorite, his incumbency alone is not necessarily going to snare him a win. “I am focused on issues that are most important to District residents and they include education and employment. I bring a unique background in educational reform and I feel like my continued presence on the Council can really continue to move that issue forward,” Biddle said.