- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - A lobbyist and former D.C. Council candidate has been named to a senior-level position in Mayor Muriel Bowser’s administration that’s meant to help residents east of the Anacostia River.

Bowser announced Wednesday that Courtney Snowden will serve as the deputy mayor for greater economic opportunity.

The position has never existed before in District of Columbia government. On the campaign trail, Bowser promised that she’d appoint a deputy mayor to focus on issues east of the river, where unemployment and poverty are much higher than in the rest of the city.

Snowden ran for an at-large seat on the D.C. Council last year, and Bowser supported her.

In her new position, Snowden will work to help people who are trying to find a job or want to start a business.

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