AFRO endorses Vincent Orange for the At-large Council Seat.
The AFRO sent questionnaires to candidates in the D.C. Council At-large, Ward 7 and Ward 8 races. After evaluating the responses from the contestants in each of these contests, the paper has decided to endorse the candidates in the following races:
The AFRO endorses D.C. Council member Vincent Orange (D-At-large). We were impressed with Orange’s key role in successfully securing legislation raising the minimum wage in the District to $15 an hour, and his effective voice and actions on behalf of small and minority businesses. Orange has also had a number of additional legislative successes such as modernizing McKinley High School, working to see that new textbooks are in District schools and designating Emancipation Day as a city holiday.
AFRO endorses Vincent Gray for the Ward 7 Council seat.
On the basis of the services Orange has rendered and his legislative accomplishments, we believe Orange has demonstrated clear justification for his being returned to the D.C. Council-At-large position.
The AFRO endorses former D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray for the Ward 7 council seat. We believe Gray’s previous experience on the D.C. Council from 2005 to 2011 as a Ward 7 council member and as chairman of the D.C. Council, along with his stint as the city’s mayor from 2011-2015 each exemplify the quality of leadership he can provide to residents in the future. The accomplishments Gray achieved during his previous experiences in office include bringing Walmart to Wards 4 and 6, getting technology companies established in the city, and engaging residents on a personal level are impressive and together add up to Gray justifiably receiving the AFRO endorsement for the Ward 7 council seat.
The AFRO will not make an endorsement in the Ward 8 D.C. Council race.