- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 9, 2000

The D.C. Council will move into next year with a mixture of young and old reformers.
They will have one new face from Tuesday's election, and he and the incumbents have a fresh mandate from voters: Make sure the city's prosperity reaches into each ward.
Nearly 10 years ago, voters put "the young Turks" on the council, turning away from long-standing civil rights-era leaders. Kevin Chavous, Jack Evans and Harold Brazil swept into office in the early '90s promising reform. That group, facing weak challenges Tuesday, won landslide-style victories, along with incumbents Carol Schwartz and Sandy Allen.
"I was the youngest member in 1985. Starting in January, I'll be the second-oldest," Mrs. Schwartz said, and added that every organization should have a combination of veterans and new blood. "That's the way it should be."
Now, Ward 4's Adrian Fenty, who upset 21-year member Charlene Drew Jarvis in September, is the latest young reformer to join the council.
"I think the council has good energy. I also think it has a good number of reformers," Mr. Fenty said. But he also said he would prefer to see new businesses and developments start in the neighborhoods, instead of spilling over from downtown projects.
Mr. Brazil handily won reelection with 49 percent of the vote and fellow at-large incumbent Mrs. Schwartz held her seat with 30 percent. D.C. voters can select two at-large members and elect two candidates with the top vote tally.
Mr. Evans, 47, Ward 2 Democrat, won 81 percent of the vote in his victory over Tom Briggs, 40, of the D.C. Statehood Green Party.
Mr. Chavous, 44, took 87 percent over Republican rival Johnnie Scott Rice, 59, in a bid for a third term.
Sandy Allen, 57, Ward 8 Democrat, tallied 91 percent in her victory over a last-minute challenger, write-in candidate Sandra Seegars, a taxicab commissioner.
"This is an energetic, aggressive group," Mrs. Schwartz said. "Oversight is strong and legislation is strong.
"We don't rubber stamp budgets, anymore."
Throughout her tenure, Mrs. Schwartz constantly complained that her Democratic colleagues would rarely question the budget proposed by former Mayor Marion Barry, since many of them were beholden to him.
Mr. Fenty held celebrity stature Tuesday night at the Democratic Party reception at the Mayflower Hotel: He received hugs, smiles and handshakes from well-wishers and residents inside and outside of his ward.
"I want to make these neighborhoods a priority," Mr. Fenty said.
Perhaps his campaign rejuvenated the now-incumbent "Turks," who heard the calls for improved services from Ward 4 residents echoed in their own wards.
Mr. Chavous said he knows he must return to the strategies he used when he was first elected. He intends to focus his efforts on delivering services and prosperity east of the Anacostia River.
Council members put election night behind them and returned to legislative business yesterday and one of the first orders of business involved the shape of the council itself. In particular, Mr. Fenty's unseating Mrs. Jarvis leaves unoccupied the critical chairmanship of the Committee on Economic Development.
Mr. Brazil has seniority on the council and has expressed interest in chairing the committee. However, on Tuesday night Mr. Brazil said he would take over only if the committee remains intact with Mr. Chavous, Mr. Evans and Ward 5 Democrat Vincent Orange. Ward 1 council member Jim Graham also said he would like to chair the committee.

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