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Meet The Candidates In the 2012 Ward 7 D.C. Council Race


Kevin B. Chavous is an attorney and lifelong Ward 7 resident who attended Howard University and Howard University Law School. He previously served as  director of the D.C. office of the Black Alliance for Educational Options, a nonprofit that aims to increase educational opportunities for low-income African American families. He currently works as a consultant at The Chavous Group, LLC. He serves on the auxiliary board of directors of the Washington Middle School for Girls, and is a member of the Hillcrest Civic Association and the Friends of Francis A. Gregory Library.



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. He had an unsuccessful bid for an at-large council seat in April 2011.



William Rev. "Bill" Bennett II is the founding pastor of the Good Success Christian Church & Ministries in Northeast D.C. He previously served as the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Deanwood in D.C. and assistant pastor at Gethsemane Baptist Church, both in D.C. He holds a Masters of Divinity from Howard University. He also previously held the post of director of the Mayor’s Office of Religious Affairs. He has three children: Jayna, Jaleel, and Jaday. 




Yvette M. Alexander has been the sitting council member for Ward 7 since 2007. She chairs the Committee on Public Services and Consumer Affairs and is a member of the committees on Economic Development; Health; Human Services and Public Works, Transportation and Environment. She has worked in the insurance industry, and as an insurance regulator for the District of Columbia. She serves as a board member for The Washington Tennis and Education Foundation and the Take Charge Program, a juvenile diversion and gang prevention program. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Howard University School of Business and Public Administration. 


Monica L. Johnson is a candidate for D.C. Council member in Ward 7. She received her bachelor’s degree from the College of William & Mary and a master’s degree from the University of the District of Columbia. Johnson is a speech pathologist with D.C. Public Schools. She supports job growth, economic development, protecting worker rights, workforce development, increased community safety, better programs for seniors and youth, teen pregnancy prevention, affordable housing solutions and improved mental health and educational services.



Dorothy Douglas is a former DCPS teacher and Ward 7 school board member who ran for Vincent Orange’s at-large council seat last year. 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.

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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