Ward 8 Council member Trayon White announced his reelection bid on Jan. 20 at Check It Enterprises. (Anthony Tilghman/The Washington Informer)
Ward 8 Council member Trayon White announced his reelection bid on Jan. 20 at Check It Enterprises. (Anthony Tilghman/The Washington Informer)

D.C. Council member Trayon White announced his reelection bid recently saying he will carry forward his advocacy for Ward 8 but pleaded for residents to become more proactive in the ward.

“It is a great honor and privilege to serve as the voice for the residents of Ward 8,” White said at Check-It Enterprises, a retail establishment in the Anacostia section of the ward, on Jan. 20. “It is a great responsibility that I take very seriously. The people of this community can trust and rely on my leadership to continue to have our ward flourish and prosper consistently with other wards in our city.

“I am proud of the accomplishments that we have made over the past three years,” he said. “I am an advocate for responsible development and ensuring that our city’s budget is being allocated in the spaces that our residents want and need.”

White then told residents that “we got a mighty work ahead.”

In regard to improving the conditions of the ward, White said, “I can’t do it alone, all of us play a role.”

“It doesn’t matter whether we are 5 years old, 25, 55 or 105, we can all work to improve our community,” he said. “I am the leader on the front lines and I will take a lot of shots and a lot of blows, but that’s all right because I know that you are behind me.”

According to Jan. 20 data from the D.C. Board of Elections, White faces nine Democratic opponents in the June 2 party primary, including community leader Stuart Anderson, 8C advisory neighborhood commissioner Mike Austin and 8E05 commissioner Christopher L. Hawthorne.

The winner of the Democratic primary will likely face Republican Nate “Ward 8” Derenge and independent Christopher Cole in the Nov. 3 general election.

Fifty supporters attended White’s reelection announcement. Many of them wore green T-shirts signifying their support for White while others donned blue and yellow jackets bearing the emblem for “Cure the Streets,” an anti-violence program backed by the council member.

The Rev. Willie Wilson, the outgoing pastor of the Union Temple Baptist Church, wore a green T-shirt showing his backing of White for reelection. Wilson told The Informer he supports White’s because of his effectiveness as a leader.

“Trayon White has proven to be effective in making a difference in our community,” he said. “White’s work with combating violence, helping young people and promoting economic development are the reasons I wholeheartedly will work for his reelection.”

Todd Seeks to Serve Ward 4 Once Again

Ward 4 Council member Brandon Todd will seek reelection. (Courtesy photo)

D.C. Council member Brandon Todd (D-Ward 4) announced his reelection bid on Jan. 25 at his Northwest campaign headquarters on Georgia Avenue.

Todd chairs the council’s Committee on Government Operations and has become a strong ally of Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) on the legislative body.

On April 28, 2015, Todd won a special election to succeed Bowser as the Ward 4 council member after she won the mayoral election in November 2014. Todd won his first full council term on Nov. 8, 2016.

The D.C. Board of Elections website lists Renee Bowser, Marlena D. Edwards and Janeese Lewis George as opponents of Todd in the June 2 Democratic primary.

At his campaign launch, Todd said he would like to continue to serve the residents of Ward 4.

“We’ve seen incredible progress together in our ward from Chevy Chase to Petworth,” he said. “But we’ve got so much more to accomplish together. In order to continue fighting for our seniors and families, to keep our schools and recreation centers in state-of-the-art shape, and to ensure every Ward 4 resident — no matter his or her background — has an equal opportunity to succeed, I need your help.”

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James Wright Jr.

James Wright Jr. is the D.C. political reporter for the Washington Informer Newspaper. He has worked for the Washington AFRO-American Newspaper as a reporter, city editor and freelance writer and The Washington...

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