FILE - In this April 2, 2014 file photo, Washington Democratic Mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser speaks at the National Press Club in Washington. This year’s election for mayor could end up as the most competitive in the history of the nation’s capital. But that doesn’t mean it’s actually close. Following a long and uneventful campaign season that failed to engage many voters, Bowser appears likely to prevail Tuesday over two well-known independents and three minor candidates. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)
D.C. Mayoral candidate, and Council Member Muriel Bowser addresses her supporters at her election night watch party to await the Democrate Primary results in Washington, Tuesday, April 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
New D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)


WASHINGTON (The Washington Post)—The District’s predominantly African American leaders have long taken pains to address the concerns of underrepresented minority groups in city hall, including Latino, Asian and gay residents.

Now another group of residents feeling increasingly marginalized in the District will have a voice in the office of Mayor Muriel E. Bowser: African Americans.

As of Wednesday, a full-time employee will advocate for black residents in the city of Marion Barry, Duke Ellington and Charles Drew — a “Chocolate City” where blacks made up 70 percent of the population a generation ago but now no longer represent a majority.



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