Orange returns to D.C. Council with special election victory

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Some locations had minor power problems, and precincts in Foggy Bottom and Glover Park had each other’s poll books, prompting a 15-minute delay to arrange a swap.

Mr. Orange’s foot soldiers were stationed at polling places along the South Dakota Avenue corridor in Northeast, relatively secure ground for the former Ward 5 council member.

“He’s been good for our community, and I want to see him back in,” said Vickie Pessagno, after voting at the Brookland Education Campus at Bunker Hill on Michigan Avenue in Northeast. Deborah Hairston, who said she lost her teaching job in 2009 layoffs, noted the Washington Teachers’ Union had endorsed Mr. Orange.

“So I support him 100 percent,” she said, exiting the Bertie Backus Middle School on South Dakota Avenue in Northeast.

Bunker Hill voter Brenda Gaines said Mr. Orange was the only candidate she recognized from the campaign trail.

In Northwest, the Georgetown Library recorded fewer than 100 votes in the opening four hours, with only a handful of signs lining the R Street sidewalk to indicate Tuesday was an election. St. Thomas’ Episcopal Parish in Northwest had a bit more traffic, with 130 voters coming through its Church Street doors by 11:15 a.m.

“We just had a board rep come by, and he said we were doing way better than some of the neighboring precincts,” precinct captain Bob Cardis said.

The 28-year veteran election volunteer said for a special election “it’s a little busier than we were expecting.”

Mary Braden, who voted at St. Thomas’ Episcopal, said she’s “very unhappy with the D.C. Council” and wants an independent thinker who will not go with the herd.

“I voted for someone really obscure, who probably will not win,” Ms. Braden said. “I’m voting today because I always do. I feel it’s important, even if it doesn’t seem important.”

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