The listening is over, and Chavous said he heard only positive things. Last week, he filed papers establishing an official campaign.
”Some people are not pleased with the representation currently,” said Chavous, a lawyer and son of former Ward 7 member Kevin P. Chavous. “I want to bring effective advocacy for the ward. We’ve got to move Ward 7 forward.”
Chavous says he isn’t holding an official kickoff until October, though he said he’ll be attending community meetings and raising funds from “close friends and family” in the meantime.
Tom Brown, who ran in a special election earlier this year for an at-large council seat, has also filed to join the Ward 7 race.
Brown, a former teacher who runs a well-regarded job training nonprofit, finished sixth of nine candidates on the ballot, with 2.2 percent of the vote. He did better than average in Ward 7, however, with 5.3 percent.
Brown and Chavous join Ronald Moten, the Peaceoholics co-founder, as Democratic primary contenders.
Meanwhile, candidates are lining up in Ward 4 to challenge incumbent Muriel Bowser (D).
Joining Baruti Jahi, who unsuccessfully took on Bowser in 2008, are former advisory neighborhood commissioners Renee Bowser and Keith Jarrell and current ANC Judi Jones. All are running as Democrats.