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No summer break for some on D.C. Council
Incumbents seeking re-election face earlier primary
But five of them can use the time to save their seats ahead of primary elections that for the first time will be held in April, instead of September.
Michael A. Brown, an at-large member, will go directly to the November ballot because he is an independent.
With the primary moved up by five months, the summer respite will likely go from a last-ditch effort to a get-out-the-vote campaign.
“It’s just a jump-start,” said Ms. Alexander, noting fundraising can get under way at this point. “This will be different.”
Asked if the recess poses an opportunity, Mr. Evans he’s already begun his campaign despite facing no apparent competition.
“So yes,” he said, but added, “It’s not as urgent.”
Mr. Evans took a moment on Thursday to honor the “Rickey” — a mix of gin or bourbon whiskey, lime and sparkling water — at the J.W. Marriott as the District’s official drink.
He said the cocktail used to bring 19th century congressmen together during breaks in the hottest months of the year, breaking up the “gridlock” that still exists on Capitol Hill today.
“I don’t think that we’re in such a situation,” said Council member Mary M. Cheh, Ward 3 Democrat, who is not up for re-election in 2012. “I don’t sense (recent allegations) made for a groundswell. I think people will look at each race.”
Mr. Evans, the longest serving council member, at 20 years and counting, said his team has held several fundraisers, attended parades and raised about $100,000. The campaign opened up a headquarters at 14th Street and Rhode Island Avenue Northwest, right next to Caribou Coffee.
Across the Anacostia River, in Ward 7, Ms. Alexander is ramping up her campaign by holding a fundraiser later this month at Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s house, according to the Washington City Paper.
Sources in her ward told The Washington Times they met recently to discuss their disappointment with Ms. Alexander’s handling of ward redistricting and whether a replacement is needed.
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