'Your papers, please' must never be heard in America
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
The H Street corridor in Northeast is rising from the pall of 1968 riots — again.
Clark Ray has worked for Bill Clinton, Al and Tipper Gore, and D.C. Mayors Anthony A. Williams and Adrian M. Fenty. As he goes door to door and runs from forum to forum in the race for an at-large D.C. Council seat, he informs voters of his Democratic pedigree.
The Rev. Willie Wilson is an old-school black Southern Baptist minister - the kind of preacher who casts aspersions upon sin but embraces the sinner.
It's a mayoral election year in Washington, and special-interest groups are laying out their agendas. The gay community is no exception.
The District is full of parks. The city has more National Park Service land than any other urban area. In fact, a quarter of all property in the city belongs to the park service.
Mr. Ray says his motivation comes from the trenches — removing dead rodents, fixing aged facilities, filling potholes, formulating legislation, policies and budgets, and working hand-in-hand with city employees and contractors to get things done.
"We used to catch all the catfish we could," he said. "My dad was a pipe fitter, and my mother a substitute teacher. Everything — we either grew it or built it."