DISTRICT BRIEFING

DISTRICT BRIEFING

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

MAYORAL RACE

Cropp Endorsed by Powerful AFL-CIO Union

Mayoral candidate Linda W. Cropp picked up a major endorsement yesterday from the influential Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO, a union that represents 150,000 area members.

"She is, in our opinion, the best suited, the best-prepared individual, the best grounded to begin Day One of her term making changes to improve D.C.," said Joslyn N. Williams, union president.

The endorsement was added to a growing list of major support for Cropp (D), chairman of the D.C. Council.

Local 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union, which represents janitors, security guards and other building service workers, has endorsed council member Adrian M. Fenty (D-Ward 4), a rival in Cropps's bid for mayor.

-- Nikita Stewart

ARSON INVESTIGATION

Suspect in Car Burnings Captured in NE

D.C. arson investigators last night captured a 34-year-old man who had escaped Monday from a police wagon after being arrested on suspicion of setting two cars ablaze in Northeast Washington.

James D. Bell was found about 7 p.m. near 17th and L streets NE by fire department investigators Gerald Pennington and Gregory Bowyer, officials said.


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