- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 23, 2005

The son of former Commerce Secretary Ronald H. Brown will run for D.C. mayor.

Michael A. Brown, who had been reported to be seriously considering a run for the Democratic nomination, told The Washington Times yesterday that he will officially open his campaign sometime next month.

“The decision has been made,” the lobbyist and the former vice chairman of the D.C. Boxing and Wrestling Commission told The Times. “We are running; we are gearing up to run right now.”

He said his staff is in the process of securing office space and putting the finishing touches on campaign materials.

“We will have the best team in the race,” he said.

Mr. Brown, 40, joins a growing field of Democratic contenders, including D.C. Council members Adrian M. Fenty, Ward 4 Democrat, and Vincent B. Orange Sr., Ward 5 Democrat; and former Verizon CEO Marie Johns.

Mayor Anthony A. Williams, a Democrat, has not yet said whether he will seek a third term.

D.C. Council Chairwoman Linda W. Cropp, at-large Democrat, is expected to make an announcement next month on whether she will run.

Former four-term mayor Marion Barry, Ward 8 Democrat, has said he has “no plans” to run, though he did deny last month that his 24-year-old son Marion Christopher Barry is working for Mr. Brown’s campaign.

“Chris has not decided to do anything with anybody until I decide. It is as simple as that,” Mr. Barry said. “He understands that. He’s political.”

Mr. Barry knows his son’s endorsement of another campaign could complicate his bid.

Mr. Brown said education, health care and transportation will figure prominently in his campaign, with an emphasis on economic development.

“The economic development that has gone on in this city has not been inclusive of all the residents of the District of Columbia,” he said.

Mr. Fenty said he considers his fellow Ward 4 resident a serious challenger.

“I am going to take anybody and everybody very seriously,” he said.

Mr. Brown is the managing partner at Alcalde & Fay, a government and public affairs consulting firm specializing in legislative and regulatory affairs, communications and government marketing and procurement.

Mr. Brown graduated from Mackin Catholic High School in the District, and holds a degree from Clark University in Massachusetts and a law degree from Widener University School of Law in Delaware. He and his wife, Tami, have twin sons, Morgan and Ryan.

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