- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 19, 2005


With primary elections still more than a year away, D.C. Council member Vincent B. Orange Sr., Ward 5 Democrat, yesterday became the second current member of the council to officially declare his candidacy for the 2006 Democratic mayoral nomination.

Mr. Orange, a lawyer and accountant who has served on the council since 1999, told friends and supporters that he wants to improve public safety and make more affordable housing available in the city.

Mr. Orange joins Adrian M. Fenty, Ward 4 Democrat, as announced candidates for mayor.

Mayor Anthony A. Williams has not said whether he will seek a third term. The incumbent mayor has said repeatedly that it is too soon to begin campaigning.

A race between Mr. Orange and Mr. Williams would pit two men who have been political allies against each other.

Mr. Orange and Mr. Williams have been on the same side on several issues, including economic development and the successful effort to return Major League Baseball to the city.

The District’s mayoral primary is scheduled for Sept. 12, 2006. The D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics will not make nominating petitions available for the 2006 primaries until May.

Mr. Orange declared his candidacy during a backyard barbecue at his home.

Surrounded by family, Mr. Orange said he wants to promote economic development in neighborhoods east of the Anacostia River.

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