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Council, Ward 5
Veteran incumbent Harry Thomas Sr. was voted out of office by voters who said they were looking for more active leadership and vigilant oversight of government. Vincent Orange, who defeated him, now faces Ian Alexander in the general contest. For a character sketch of this beautiful and bleak ward, see Ward 5 in Profile.


Rule Council, Ward 5

Incumbents' names are marked with asterisks. Web site and email addresses appear in the form in which they were submitted by the candidates.


Ian Alexander
Age: 21
Residence: Washington, D.C.
  Married: No.
Children: None.
Education: Catholic University of America (expected graduation: May 1999).
  Ian Alexander

Occupation/Employer: Student.

Elected Offices and Civic Activities: D.C. Republican Committee; ANC 5C-12.

Why should voters elect you?
"When elected, I will fight to return government accountability to our neighborhoods. I will ensure that government agencies act efficiently so that the pot holes that scar our community's streets will be filled, street lights repaired and alley ways cleaned. I will work with the police to warrant that officers return to walking the beat. I will make sure that schools are focused on the children's education, not the bureaucracy. The quality of life in our city has declined because the council has not practiced rigorous oversight. I will ask the hard questions because we deserve better."

What do you want voters to know about you?
"I am committed to the belief that all residents of Ward 5 deserve an effective and responsible government that is held accountable for its actions."

Web site: None.

Vincent Orange
Age: 41
Residence: Washington, D.C.
  Married: Yes.
Children: Three.
Education: BS, business administration; BA, communication; JD; master of laws-taxation.
  Vincent Orange

Occupation/Employer: Attorney/CPA, self-employed.

Elected Offices and Civic Activities: Executive director, Eastern Region, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc; board member, Fountain Valley School, National Children's Center and Northwest Pregnancy; former two-term president, Michigan Park Citizens Association; former delegate, D.C. Federation

Why should voters elect you?
"Voters should elect me because I will take the lead in Ward 5 for addressing education, economic development, maintaining the homestead exemption and senior citizens tax relief programs, public safety and the environment. Our ward will not continue to be a depository for trash. As an attorney and certified public accountant with extensive D.C. government experience, I offer competent, energized and efficient new leadership. I will actively assist in achieving and maintaining fiscal responsibility, including balancing the budget in order to fully restore home rule, and improve basic services. I offer a new direction in leadership for Ward 5."

What do you want voters to know about you?
"I will champion legislation that improves the quality of life for Ward 5. I'm 41 years old with a high energy level dedicated to serving you."

Web site: None.
Email: None.

The Voters' Guide was compiled from staff reporting and information provided by the candidates in response to questionnaires from The Washington Post. Each candidate was asked to provide biographical information, a photograph and a brief statement about why the voters should elect him or her. Candidates' responses were edited for length and style.

© Copyright 1998 The Washington Post Company

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