Meet The Candidates In the 2012 At-large D.C. Council Race
By: WAMU Staff
March 29, 2012
Vincent Orange is currently serving as at-large Council member on the D.C. Council. 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.
Dr. Rev. E. Gail Anderson Holness is an attorney and pastor currently serving as president of the InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington. She has served as an advisory neighborhood commissioner, and in 2010 was elected chair of ANC1B. She served on the faith-based transition team for D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray in 2010 and 2011, and is on the D.C. Commission for Women. The youngest of 10 children, Holness attended Clark University in Georgia and Howard University School of Law in D.C.
Peter Shapiro is a former Prince George’s County Council member and chairman who has also been a public servant in several capacities throughout his career. He served on the Town Council in Brentwood, Md., and as an organizer and advocate for organizations such as Clean Water Action and Citizen/Labor Energy Coalition. He has served on the boards of the Latin American Youth Center, the Non-Profit Roundtable of Greater Washington and the Washington Area Housing Partnership. He lives in Ward 4 with his wife, Julia Wright, and two stepchildren.
Sekou Biddle was the interim at-large member of the D.C. Council before Vincent Orange was elected last April, having been appointed to the 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 served in that capacity until taking council office. Biddle is a Washington, D.C. native.
The District of Columbia's April 3 primary election includes presidential, congressional and Council seats. In the D.C. Council races, there will be elections for an at-large member, and members representing Wards 2,4,7 and 8. In Ward 2, Jack Evans is running unopposed so we will not preview that race. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. Find out where to vote and check your registration status. The D.C. Board of Elections & Ethics has general information about all of Tuesday's races.
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