Sekou Biddle, Democrat: Sekou Biddle is the interim at-large member of the D.C. Council, a seat left vacant last January by Kwame Brown when he became council chair. Biddle has over 17 years of experience in urban public education and education reform. Prior to joining the council, he served as the executive director for Jump Start for Young Children, a mentoring program that matches adults with preschool-aged children to help prepare them for success in school. Previously, Biddle served as the director of community outreach for KIPP DC and as a program director with Teach for America. Biddle was elected to the D.C. Board of Education in 2007 and has served in that capacity until taking council office. Biddle is a Washington, D.C., native.
Tom Brown, Democrat: Tom Brown is a teacher and the co-founder of Training Grounds, a company that provides undereducated and underemployed youth and young adults with the life skills necessary to obtain and sustain living wage careers. He also serves as the co-chair of the Ward 8 Workforce Development Council with Council member Marion Barry, and is on the boards of the Inspired Teaching, KIPP DC, and the Washington Mathematics and Science public charter schools. He is a D.C. native that attended H.D. Woodson Senior High School, served in the U.S. Air Force, and attended Hampton University.
Dorothy Douglas, Democrat: Dorothy Douglas is a former DCPS teacher and Ward 7 school board member. She has also served as a commissioner and a chair of two neighborhood commissions: ANC 7C and ANC 7D. She has a Bachelor of Science in education from the University of the District of Columbia. She has also been active in the Summer Youth Employment Program, the Benning Library, the Deanwood Citizens Association, Deanwood Youth Services and Marshall Heights Community Development Organization. She is a lifelong Washingtonian and mother of three.
Arkan Haile, Independent: Arkan Haile is an attorney and a co-founder of Gray Haile, LLP, a law firm with offices in D.C. and New York. He previous worked as an attorney specializing in tax-free municipal bonds, and as a volunteer teaching law at the University of Asmara in Eritrea. He formed the African Entrepreneurs Network in 2008. He currently serves on the Economic Development and Zoning Committee of ANC 6A. He's a native of Eritrea, was raised in Colorado, and now lives on Capitol Hill with his wife, Naz, and two children.
Joshua Lopez, Democrat: Josh Lopez is a former project manager for the Gateway Georgia Avenue Community Development Corporation and campaign coordinator and liaison for former D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty. He has also served on the Latino Commission for Community Development and as a commissioner for ANC 4D. He was Ward 4 Coordinator for Fenty's 2010 campaign, and organized a 30,000 signature write-in campaign for the former mayor. He's a D.C. native and has studied at the University of the District of Columbia.
Patrick Mara, Republican: Patrick Mara owns the Dolan Group, providing not-for-profit and community organizations with fundraising and government relations consulting services. He is also a Ward 1 member of the State Board of Education. Previously manager of Government Relations at ML Strategies, Mara advocated for education, clean energy and technology interests. He has also served as a mentor at various public schools and tutors a neighborhood DCPS special education student through Project Northstar. Mara graduated from Marist College with a Bachelor of Science in environmental science and political science and later earned his MBA from Babson College.
Vincent Orange, Democrat: Vincent Orange is a lawyer and a certified public accountant and auditor. Orange was vice president of Pepco, but resigned in April 2010 before running for council chair. He has also worked for local business and nonprofits, including the National Children's Center. Orange served on the D.C. Council representing Ward 5 for two terms. Orange lives in Ward 5 with his wife and three children.
Alan Page, D.C. Statehood Green: Alan Page is an attorney, primarily practicing entertainment law. He also works with area arts organizations targeted toward at-risk youth. As an activist, Page participated in Legislative Watch, a student group at Howard Law, raising community awareness about felony disenfranchisement. He also co-founded the Howard University Hip-Hop Union, organizing hip-hop artists and entrepreneurs on campus. Page lives in Ward 6.
Bryan Weaver, Democrat: A self-described long-time community activist, Bryan Weaver formerly served as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner and a communications professional. Weaver served four terms on the Adams Morgan Advisory Neighborhood Commission. Weaver founded a D.C.-based nonprofit called Hoops Sagrado, which takes at-risk youth in D.C. to Guatemala and also offers scholarships to Mayan teens. Weaver is a 20-year resident of the District and received his bachelor's degree in political science from Howard University.
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