- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 30, 2005

D.C. Council Chairman Linda W. Cropp yesterday came a step closer to entering the race for the city’s top job.

“She intends to file the necessary paperwork and to make a final announcement about her political future on September 7,” said Cropp spokesman Mark F. Johnson.

Mrs. Cropp, at-large Democrat, would join a growing field of Democratic contenders, including D.C. Council members Adrian M. Fenty of Ward 4 and Vincent B. Orange Sr. of Ward 5, and former Verizon Chief Executive Officer Marie Johns.

Michael A. Brown, son of late Commerce Secretary Ronald H. Brown, told The Washington Times last week that he also will run for mayor. He said he officially will kick off his campaign next month.

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

“He doesn’t want to start the campaign more than a year out, so he will announce his plans in the fall,” said spokesman Vincent Morris of Mr. Williams, who was in St. Louis attending the White House Conference on Cooperative Conservation.

Former four-term Mayor Marion Barry, Ward 8 Democrat, also is a potential challenger.

A Cropp run would mean a contest between Democratic council members Kathy Patterson of Ward 3 and Jack Evans of Ward 2 for her seat.

“Given the previous 15 years of experience I have on the council, I feel I am best-suited for the job,” Mr. Evans told The Times.

“I think that would be a real challenge,” Mrs. Patterson said. “I would look forward to a spirited campaign.”

Both Mr. Evans and Mrs. Patterson say they will not run if Mrs. Cropp remains council chairman.

Mrs. Cropp, an educator, was elected to the council in 1990. She became acting chairman in April 1997, after the death of Chairman David A. Clarke.

She was elected to the job in a special election later that year.

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