In a crowded conference room on a cold January night, Vincent Orange stood before the members of the D.C. Democratic State Committee and promised that he’d be back. Orange, a former two-term member of the D.C. Council and citywide candidate, had just been bested by Sekou Biddle, a member of the State Board of Education, in a tightly-contested series of party votes to fill the at-large seat vacated by Kwame Brown after he was elevated to the council’s top spot only days before.
Fast forward to today, and Orange stands to regain a spot on the council and redeem himself after a defeat that seemed to spell an end to a political career spanning two decades. Tomorrow, Orange and Biddle will again fight for the at-large seat, though any repeat of January will be complicated by a slate of seven other candidates, three of which — Bryan Weaver, Patrick Mara and Josh Lopez — are seen as serious contenders in their own right. They’re joined by Dorothy Douglas, Tom Brown and Alan Page; Arkan Haile is also on the ballot, but he’s been all but absent from the campaign trail.
[Continue reading Martin Austermuhle’s post at DCist.com.]