Orange, White and Anderson Win D.C. Special Elections
(Washington Informer) — Unofficial election results indicate that Trayon White, the executive director of Helping Inner City Kids Succeed, Inc., has scored an up-set in the Ward 8 School Board of Education race Tuesday. If the results hold, he will have defeated Phillip Pannell and seven other candidates. Pannell, a well known activist in Ward 8, was endorsed by the Washington Post and the powerful Gertrude Stein Democratic Club. White, 26, is a Ward 8 resident who graduated with honors from Bally Senior High School in Southeast. He also graduated magnum cum laude from the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore. White, who received the endorsement of Ward 8 Council member and former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry, managed to garner 33 percent of the vote by midnight in a special election marked by low voter turnout in many of the 143 precincts scattered throughout the District. Unofficial returns show that a scant 12.1 percent of voters made their way to the polls. The Ward 8 candidates had been jostling for position in a crowded race that hinged on who best articulated the desire to push education and education reform forward. The vacancy on the School Board came following the death of incumbent and longtime Ward 8 champion William Lockridge.