John Settles, a Logan Circle mortgage broker, will kick off his campaign for the D.C. Council on Wednesday with an event hosted by friends, including several who have past ties to former mayors Adrian M. Fenty or Anthony Williams.
Settles, 42, who heads a Wells Fargo mortgage branch, will launch his campaign with a meet-and-greet at Ben’s Chili Bowl. Prior to the event, Settles will appear on the “DC Politics Hour” radio show on WPFW (89.3 FM), his aides say.
According to an e-vite, the Ben’s Chili Bowl event is being co-hosted by Nizam Ali, owner of the restaurant.
Carrie Brooks, Fenty’s former chief of staff, is also listed as a co-host, as is Ben Soto, who was Fenty’s longtime campaign treasurer.
Soto confirmed his participation in the event. Carrie Brooks, who now goes by her married name of Carrie Kohns, was not available to comment.
Joy Arnold Russel, who worked as Williams’s deputy chief of staff, is also on the invite.
The other hosts include Lee Granados, president of the Urban Neighborhood Alliance and chairwoman of Settles’s campaign; Marcus Johnson, a District-based jazz musician; and Jay Rouse, a local political consultant.
Settles grew up in Shepherd Park and graduated from Howard University. He then worked for the federal Housing and Urban Development agency before going into real estate.
He is making his first run for public office, but is vowing to run an organized and aggressive campaign centered on a message that new energy and focus is needed on the council.
Keith Carbone, who’s managed several campaigns in the District and Virginia, is Settles’s chief strategist.
On Tuesday, Settles turned in 3,600 signatures to try to qualify for the April 23 special election for the citywide at-large seat.
As of now, Settles is competing against seven other candidates, including Democrats Michael A. Brown, Paul Zukerberg, Anita Bonds, Elissa Silverman and Matthew Frumin. Republican Patrick Mara and Statehood Green Party candidate Perry Redd are also in the race.