Orange rolls into high gear with campaign kick-off

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At-large council candidate Vincent Orange addresses the Saturday rally
At-large council candidate Vincent Orange addresses the Saturday rally

Joined by Georgetowners such as Hope Solomon and well-known ANC Commissioners such as Ward 3's Tom Smith, Vincent Orange, the former Ward 5 Councilmember and unsuccessful candidate for mayor and Council chairman, pushed his at-large council campaign into high gear on Saturday with a kickoff rally in Northeast including a strong message on Georgetown University's proposed expansion plan and a pledge not to raise taxes to balance the D.C. budget.

Vincent Orange (center) with Hope Solomon from Georgetown and Tom Smith from Spring Valley (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Vincent Orange (center) with Hope Solomon from Georgetown and Tom Smith from Spring Valley
“We are here for our experience, integrity, accountability [and] independence,” he said.   “We are tired of this nonsense…we are not here for selfless gain,” he added, apparently referring to the ethical and political problems engulfing Mayor Vincent Gray and Council Chairman Kwame Brown.

On the town-gown issue generated by Georgetown and American Universities’ expansion plans, Orange expanded on his strong opposition to the GU plan to oppose expansion proposals by American University.  “I support the AU community,” he said.

Gwendolyn and Vincent Orange in prayer at the rally (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Gwendolyn and Vincent Orange in prayer at the rally
In the cheering, clapping audience of about 100 were friends and family, political operatives and union members, ex-DC Government officials, small business people and former Councilmember Sandy Allen from Ward 8.  Hope Solomon, the daughter of Georgetown ANC Commissioner Ed Solomon, was introduced as his Ward 2 coordinator and Tom Smith from Spring Valley as Ward 3 coordinator.

Former Ward 8 Councilmember Sandy Allen speaks at the rally (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Former Ward 8 Councilmember Sandy Allen speaks at the rally
On other issues, Orange said “we don’t need to raise taxes….we can balance the budget” and keep programs for education and jobs.  The District Government should go after unpaid and uncollected real estate and other taxes, do a better job on Medicaid and other federal reimbursements and take advantage of the jobs and taxes generated by the major economic development projects at Walter Reed, Anacostia Waterfront, the Convention Center and the Department of Homeland Security.  “Let’s work with the money we have,” he said.

Orange is going for the at-large seat vacated by Kwame Brown when he was elected chairman, defeating Orange in last year’s September primary.  This seat is now filled by interim appointee Sekou Biddle.  Later on Saturday, Orange received the endorsement of the Ward 8 Democrats.  The citywide, winner-take-all election is April 26.

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I like Orange for this race. He seems to me like the only Stand-Up guy running and he is all about the numbers & the law. He brought a lot of attention & attraction to Ward 5, when that part of town was known as a Wasteland in the late 90's. He Helped bring 10,000 summer jobs to the youth, and I respect him for that especially when the city did not have that many jobs for the youth prior to his initiative. I graduated from McKinley Tech, and I was so happy to see that he helped revitalize my alma-mater. My vote is with Orange.

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