On Saturday, The Post’s editorial board offered its seal of approval to candidates for the various D.C. Council seats in the coming April 3 primary — and in three of the races, it came out against the incumbents.
In the at-large race, The Post opted against Council member Vincent Orange and instead sided with challenger Sekou Biddle. In the endorsement, the Post cited Biddle’s ability to bring “thoughtful, nuanced approach to the complex issues facing the city” while decrying Orange as “too much a creature of the old way of city governing.” (Some $26,000 in funds raised by Orange for his 2010 special election victory are now under investigation by the city.)
In Ward 7, The Post came out in support of Tom Brown in the Democratic race against Council member Yvette Alexander and for Ron Moten in the Republican race, while in Ward 8 it lent its support to Jacque Patterson in his challenger to Council member Marion Barry.
In Wards 2 and 4, the Post endorsed the incumbents, but that Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) got the paper’s support isn’t surprising — he’s running unopposed, after all. Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) was called “smart, hardworking and independent-minded” by The Post, and given the nod of support over her five rivals.
[Continue reading Martin Austermuhle’s post at DCist.com.]