- The Washington Times - Friday, June 24, 2005

Several serious contenders have entered the District’s 2006 mayoral race to replace Mayor Anthony A. Williams, who has not announced yet whether he will seek re-election.

Adrian M. Fenty, who last year was re-elected to a second term on the D.C. Council, was the first this month to announce his candidacy for mayor.

Mr. Fenty, Ward 4 Democrat, said he expects Mr. Williams to run but “is not going to spend too much time thinking about who gets in the race.

“I think it’s going to be a crowded field [and] I am going to take seriously whoever gets in.”

Vincent B. Orange Sr., an accountant and lawyer who has served on the D.C. Council since 1999, announced his candidacy this week and also said he is not worried about the mayor running.

“I am just worried about Vincent Orange’s race and making sure I am putting together my race,” said Mr. Orange, Ward 5 Democrat.

Mr. Orange also said he has no intentions of running an “anti-Williams campaign.”

Vincent Morris, Mr. Williams’ spokesman, said it’s too early for the mayor to announce his intentions about seeking a third term.

“He doesn’t want to start the campaign season a year and a half before the election, so he is going to announce it at the appropriate time, later this summer or later this fall,” Mr. Morris said.

“He understands why people who have very little name recognition or who have never served citywide need to start early.”

Mr. Williams, a Democrat, was in Puerto Rico this week for the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials National Leadership Program.

Council Chairman Linda W. Cropp, at-large Democrat, is among the other high-profile city politicians considered a likely candidate, but she says she will not make an announcement until the end of the summer.

Council member Marion Barry, Ward 8 Democrat who served four terms as mayor, says he has “no plans” to run, despite being urged by voters “all over the city.”

“But you never say never about anything,” Mr. Barry said. “It’s a tough job. And I like what I am doing now.”

Michael A. Brown, 40, son of former Commerce Secretary Ron Brown, also is exploring a run.

“More than likely, I will end up running,” said Mr. Brown, a lobbyist and the former vice chairman of the D.C. Boxing and Wrestling Commission. “I’ll be making some kind of announcement by Labor Day.”

One possible candidate, former D.C. Democratic State Committee Chairman A. Scott Bolden, announced last week that he will not run for mayor. He instead will run against council member Phil Mendelson, Democrat, for an at-large seat.

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