GOP Makes Inroads in D.C. Politics
(Afro) — The results of the April 26 special election may reflect a changing city that is increasingly open to a more diverse D.C. Council. Patrick Mara, the lone Republican in the at-large race, came in a close second, with 26 percent of votes, after presumptive at-large council member, Vincent Orange (D), who garnered 28 percent. The race was thought to be a showdown between Orange, who was endorsed by the local AFL-CIO and incumbent At-large Councilmember Sekou Biddle (D), who was endorsed by political bigwigs Mayor Vincent Gray (D) and Council Chair Kwame Brown (D). But, catapulted by voters, Mara, a member of the D.C. State Board of Education who was endorsed by The Washington Post and the DC Police Union, shot past Biddle in the polls.