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Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 05/18/2010

Economic development at play in the council chairman's race

With the rumbling of Metro as a backdrop, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty broke ground Tuesday morning on a mixed-use development at the Rhode Island Avenue-Brentwood station that is expected to bring new life to a gritty stretch of Ward 5.

But there were politics at play as well beneath the hard hats and shovels. Sitting in the front row of the audience was former Ward 5 council member Vincent Orange, who is running for the council's top job.

His successor, Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5), praised Orange for his role in developing the shopping center next door that is anchored by Home Depot and Giant. He also gave a nod to Orange's rival, council member Kwame Brown (D-At Large).

"Without Kwame, we would not be here," said Thomas, who has endorsed Brown in the council chairman's race.

Brown, who leads the council's economic development committee, was participating in a council meeting and did not attend Tuesday's ceremony.

By Ann Marimow  |  01:01 PM ET, 05/18/2010

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