- The Washington Times - Friday, November 3, 2000

On Tuesday, D.C. voters will select candidates for the D.C. Council. Today The Washington Times offers its recommendations.

• At-Large: D.C. law holds that the top two vote-getters in this race win the two seats, and that one of those victors cannot be a Democrat, because that party is in the majority. The leading major party contenders are the incumbents Harold Brazil, a Democrat, and Carol Schwartz, a Republican and D.C. Statehood Green Party candidate Arturo Griffiths. Voters can count on Mr. Brazil to reject bloated budgets, support tougher crime bills and fight against the city's predatory parking-enforcement practices. Mrs. Schwartz has proven herself many times over. She crafted the nation's toughest whistle-blower law, and exposed work force incompetence during oversight hearings. Her proposal to eliminate sales taxes for back-to-school purchases and legislation that eliminated parking meter fees on nights and weekends are true gems. Both incumbents have important legislative voices. The Times is pleased to endorse Mr. Brazil and Mrs. Schwartz.

• Ward 2: When Finance Chairman Jack Evans, a Democrat, says cut taxes and cut the waste, he means it. Taxpayers and the Williams administration will need Mr. Evans to help steady the fiscal course during the next two years as major development projects and new census data shift Washington's landscape. The Times is pleased to endorse Mr. Evans.

• Ward 4: Voters in this, the most residential of the city's eight wards, say the heir-apparent to Charlene Drew Jarvis is Democrat Adrian Fenty. To them, such quality-of-life issues as clean and safe streets, schools and neighborhood development are vitally important, and Mr. Fenty agrees. The Times is pleased to endorse Mr. Fenty.

• Ward 7: Republican Johnnie Scott Rice is no pushover. She is a board member of one of the most effective community development groups in the city, the Marshall Heights Community Development Corp., an ANC commissioner, and well-known volunteer and civic activist. The incumbent, Democrat Kevin Chavous, knows he is vulnerable, but he has business to finish in terms of schools and recreation oversight. Many longtime and major Ward 7 supporters support him for this, his last run for the Ward 7 seat. To be sure, Mrs. Scott should not give up. The Times is pleased to endorse Mr. Chavous.

• Ward 8: One hopes the worst of times are behind this area of the city, situated southeast of the Anacostia River. Its council representative has to grapple with her voters losing their only supermarket, almost losing their only major hospital, drug and violence problems, health care reform and welfare reform, and high joblessness. Through it all, Sandy Allen has shown she is the best advocate for Ward 8. The Times is pleased to endorse Miss Allen.

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