Fast forward to today, and Orange stands to regain a spot on the council and redeem himself after a defeat that seemed to spell an end to a political career spanning two decades. Tomorrow, Orange and Biddle will again fight for the at-large seat, though any repeat of January will be complicated by a slate of seven other candidates, three of which — Bryan Weaver, Patrick Mara and Josh Lopez — are seen as serious contenders in their own right. They’re joined by Dorothy Douglas, Tom Brown and Alan Page; Arkan Haile is also on the ballot, but he’s been all but absent from the campaign trail.

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