Vincent Orange Wins D.C. Council Seat
(Washington Post) — Democrat Vincent B. Orange defeated Republican Patrick Mara in a special election Tuesday for the at-large D.C. Council seat being held by Sekou Biddle, who trailed in third place. According to unofficial returns from the city’s 143 precincts, Orange led eight other candidates with about 28 percent of the vote in a race to fill the seat that Kwame R. Brown (D) gave up when he was elected council chairman last year. Mara received about 26 percent of the vote, while Biddle — whom the D.C. Democratic Committee appointed in January to temporarily fill the seat — garnered about 20 percent. Democrat Bryan Weaver, 40, a former Ward 1 advisory neighborhood commissioner, received about 13 percent, while Josh Lopez, 27, also a Democrat, finished fifth, with 7.1 percent. The four other candidates — Tom Brown and Dorothy Douglas, both Democrats; Alan Page of the D.C. Statehood Green Party; and independent Arkan Haile — together received less than 5 percent.