City Desk

Jack Evans Launching Mayoral Campaign on June 8


The 2014 mayoral field just got a little more crowded. Following D.C. Council colleagues Muriel Bowser and Tommy Wells, Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans is set to announce his own mayoral campaign on June 8.

Evans will launch his campaign at the corner of 14th and Q streets NW in front of Logan Circle's new Le Diplomate restaurant at 10 a.m., he tells City Desk. The campaign plans were first reported by NBC 4's Tom Sherwood.

The image of Evans, a longtime champion of business, launching his campaign in front of a pricey French restaurant might leave something to be desired. Evans says his launch location is about the corner and not Le Diplomate—although, he concedes, it's a good restaurant.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

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  • SEis4ME

    Oh My! This is EXCELLENT news for Gray.

  • Citizen

    @SEis4ME

    And this is because perhaps somebody actually competent might succeed him and the mess left behind won't look so bad or do so much damage?

    You know the Tommy "Tosspot" Wells going into recovery story is just around the corner.

  • Anonymous

    Wells might take 6, Step 6 that is!!!!

  • noodlez

    CHECK HIS POCKETS TO SEE WHO IS IN 'EM!!!

  • drez

    I like Jack for a lot of reasons but I can't respect his decision to run for Mayor.
    He knows better than to think he can win.

  • SEis4ME

    @Citizen, I'm not sure if you're referring to Gray as incompetent but if so, the city's steady progression severely disagrees with your assessment. In fact and from the looks of it, Gray will be a more effective Mayor than Fenty.

    Evans will take more votes away from Wells/Bowser than Gray.

  • Citizen

    @SEis4ME

    Both Fenty and Gray are still being propelled by Tony William's fumes. Gray has been far more retrograde then Adrian. Crystal Palmer reappointed as head of the movie office, etc. prove Gray is marching dangerously backwards to the tune being played on his back by the sorority sisters wielding pussy willows.

    I like Vince Gray but it hasn't been a success. With Bowser or Tosspot it wouldn't even be worth changing the signs.

  • Loganeer

    Le Diplomate was a really tone deaf, dumb choice. Who are they and what have they ever done for the city. It isn't even a particularly good restaurant. Jack should move it down the black to Studio Theater's corner. Studio is integral to the renaissance of the neighborhood.

  • SMH

    @SEis4ME, you assume that Gray will be willing and able to run again.

    Please explain how the "city's steady progression disagrees" with Citizen's assessment - bonus points for explaining whether the city as a whole disagrees with Citizen, or the city's progress specifically disagrees with Citizen and the medium by which the city ( or the city's progress) relayed said disagreement to you.

    Further bonus points: What legislation, or policy agenda, has Vince brought to bear that has specifically continued progress begun under his predecessors, or improved areas that lagged under his predecessors?

    All this without mentioning how one would evaluate how Gray would be a more "effective" mayor than Fenty, whatever that means.

  • SMH

    please free the moderation queue, homies.

  • SEis4ME

    @Citizen, well if that's your rationale, that means that no Mayor other than Williams would be successful. But it's a rather unreasonable metric on which to judge successes and failures. I'm assuming you have more examples of backtracking than the his appointment to an agency most DC residents don't know exist.

    According to reported facts, the city just got a bond rating jump, crime is down, housing is somewhat stable, schools are continuing a forward path, surplus is larger than in Fenty's term, transit initiatives have continued in good fashion, more people are moving in and staying put as well as the myriad of ongoing projects.

    I think it's clear that we have two different interpretations of what's considered a success. It's also clear that mine is fact-based.

  • SEis4ME

    @SMH, see all the success mentioned above. Whether Citizen or DC residents agree/disagree is irrelevant to the facts I posted above.

    WRT Gray being better, that's rather easy. The city is not as divided as it was during his term. Kaya Henderson (Rhee's chosen successor) has continued to move the schools forward against literally no opposition. Those two things alone were not so during Fenty's term.

    I welcome reading any disagreements you have w/the facts I posted above.

  • Citizen

    @SEis4ME

    I have to wonder what decade you live in or choose to live in. The fact that it is "an agency most DC residents don't know exists" underscores the problem not refutes it.

    This is a huge economic development opportunity which has been highjacked by the ego of some self entitled bourgeois bone head who would rather swan about Hollywood collecting swag bags then ever putting in an honest days work. Ask Baltimore and Philly why they so aggressively go after this business if you don't believe me.

    In 20 years on the job Palmer was never able to rise to the level of competency 101 and Gray gave her the job back. Most likely at the behest of that gaggle of has been harridans collectively known as "the sorority" who are and have been so damaging to Vince Gray and our community. These people have sucked athe public teet for far to long to no ones's (black, white or green) benefit but their own.

    The question is what's next and Vince Gray clearly lacks the vision to take us anywhere but standing still or backwards.

  • SMH

    @SEis4ME, what I was doing was poking fun at your poor writing skills (e.g. the city's continued progress - does the city have a voice - is the Adams Morgan sinkhole now talking?) - kind of similar to say, "the citys not as divided as it was during his term" - whose term? Gray's? Fenty's? Be clear. Looks like reading comprehension could also be an area for improvement as well. Maybe get a copy of "the elements of style" by Strunk and White?

    Anyhoo, on to the "facts"...

    1. Vince Gray is, and has been, under federal investigation since the minute he took office. Three of his closest allies have pled guilty in the ensuing investigation, his largest benefactor will be on trial shortly, and his closest political allies (HTJ and Kwame) have also done/ are doing time. Is that character?

    2. Vince and his team repeatedly hired unqualified relatives of aides, and for more than DC hiring regulations allowed. See Lorraine Green and that whole mess. Vince, of course, pleaded ignorance. Is that leadership?

    3. Bond ratings: DC's bond ratings have continued an upward climb. This is good news.

    4. Housing: Do you really believe DC's mayor has any input into the housing market? C'mon... there are many factors involved in the housing market, not the least of which is access to credit, which has improved. Nice try.

    5. Crime is down: With whose Chief of Police? Vince didn't find cathy lanier. Guess who did?

    6. Schools/ transportation: Both are moving forward, albeit more slowly. Neither were Vince's idea. All he has to do is manage not to screw them up. In fact, Vince has done almost nothing to change Fenty's education or transportation plans, save replacing Gabe Klein and Michelle Rhee.

    7. More people moving in/ staying put: Again, continuing a trend going back to Williams.

    8. Myriad additional projects?: uh, ok champ. Name three.

    Seems to me that your "facts" bear out that the best anyone can say for Vince is that he has not managed to destroy progress made by his two predecessors, but has slowed it enough to be palatable to the old political guard, whilst living under constant threat of indictment.

    Character. Integrity. Leadership.

    Puh-leeze.

  • SEis4ME

    @Citizen, one thing I hate about WCP is how they delete your posts. I mean, why would Mike Madden delete your post arguing AGAINST Gray's accomplishments? Oh wait, he didn't delete it. It's just that the only thing you could come up w/is the idea that the city has taken a step back by "not" attracting Hollywood.

    A real concern for DC voters....

  • SEis4ME

    Not me

  • SEis4ME

    Is that character?

    1. I'm confused. Are you refuting the "accomplishments" I cited or simply making personal attacks against his character? The later is an opinion..not a fact.

    Vince, of course, pleaded ignorance. Is that leadership?

    2. I'm confused. Are you refuting the "accomplishments" I cited or simply making an observation about what happened two years ago? The later doesn't disprove his accomplishments.

    Bond ratings: DC's bond ratings have continued an upward climb. This is good news.

    3. And this is based under whose leadership? The current mayor correct?

    C'mon... there are many factors involved in the housing market, not the least of which is access to credit, which has improved. Nice try.

    4. Sad that I even feel compelled to respond to this headscratcher. Ok fine. A city's mayor has no bearing on its housing market. #silly

    Crime is down: With whose Chief of Police? Vince didn't find cathy lanier. Guess who did?

    5. Marion Barry.

  • tony

    Ideas and good intentions alone will not continue to move this city forward (Wells) - Lacking a real record of accomplishments and frankly experience is bad for the city on all fronts - those candidates need to do more work and spend more time leading as opposed to feeling entitled to run for Mayor.

    As for Evans - he has the best record of accomplishments, legislation and experience to be a fantastic mayor for DC.

    If Vince Gray decides to not run, Jack is DC's best and only prudent choice. BACK JACK in 2014.

  • SMH

    @SEis4Me: sigh. Latter, not later.

    Again with the reading comprehension, although I fully expect you to talk past me on these points.

    1. Look up "rhetorical question". Vince's legal woes and the woes of his crew are fact. Even the most ardent onecitidiot can't ignore them. They are part of his record, and cast a pall over his administration.

    2. Again, fact. These hires happened under Vince's watch, during his term. Be as confused as you'd like, for while it may not be an "accomplishment", however you define that, these facts are part of Vince's record.

    3. I agree with you generally. But learn something about finance - the mayor is not the sole basis upon which bond ratings are determined... And besides, you note that they have continued an upward climb. When did that start, if you think mayors are so integral to the process?

    4. Yes, a city's mayor has little to no bearing on the housing market in the near term. The fact that you disagree is the real headscratcher - but hey, you clearly don't work in finance.

    5. Yes. Not Vince. Who made her chief of police? Not Vince.

    Nice effort, but predictably your "accomplishments" are little more than Vince's re-branding and slowing down of projects begun and continued by his predecessors, with a veneer palatable to the older political set, as I previously mentioned.

    Better luck next time - maybe define some of the "myriad other projects" - after reading the elements of style, of course.

  • SEis4ME

    Neither were Vince's idea.

    6. And you do know that the idea of a school chancellor was something Fenty voted against when raised by Williams right? And that Rhee got capitalized on Janey's Master Facility Plan right? And that's it possible for two political candidates who ran against each other to have similar views on education right?

    More people moving in/ staying put: Again, continuing a trend going back to Williams.

    Sure. So let's skip both Fenty and Gray and say that Williams (not them) is responsible for our current 2012/13 numbers moving into the city. Got it.

    Myriad additional projects?: uh, ok champ. Name three.

    7. Street Cars. Bike lanes. Roads/Bridges, Parks/Playground renovations, MUDS, etc.

    *Seems you believe the last good mayor was Williams and each person since has only managed what he started. Rather ridiculous way to gauge effectiveness but oh well. You said it not me*

  • SMH

    @SEis4ME: HA HA HA HA. Streetcars! Vince was against them before he was for them!

    Telling that you can't even come up with three of the supposed "myriad other projects" without citing more than one attributable to others (bike lanes, street cars). And that's even assuming you are discussing projects, because street cars, bike lanes, bridges and roads are things (nouns, you see), not projects.

    Re: bridges and roads, has Vince embarked on bridge or road improvements? That are not existing federal programs like the construction on 295?

    Thanks for the chuckles.

  • SEis4ME

    They are part of his record, and cast a pall over his administration.

    1. And that relates to his accomplishments in what way? Since that is what you're supposed to be refuting.

    for while it may not be an "accomplishment", however you define that, these facts are part of Vince's record.

    2. Correct. It's not an accomplishment. For obvious reasons, I didn't realize that you planned to move the goalpost and instead of talking about accomplishments you wanted to focus on ANYTHING that happened throughout his term? Which doesn't refute the accomplishments.

    the mayor is not the sole basis upon which bond ratings are determined...

    3. But how good/bad they are actually DOES reflect on the one in charge right? If they were in the tank, Gray would be held responsible right?

    Yes. Not Vince. Who made her chief of police? Not Vince.

    Considering that she signed a 5-year contract under GRAY, most reasonable people would assume that GRAY made her chief.

    BTW, the elements of style is used mostly in business to teach "style" not vocabulary. A better suggestion would've been to read a dictionary NOT a style manual.

  • SEis4ME

    Telling that you can't even come up with three of the supposed "myriad other projects" without citing more than one attributable to others (bike lanes, street cars).

    As I mentioned, you can similarly take away every Fenty "accomplishment" and conclude that he, "didn't build that" but that's just not the barometer most reasonable people use to gauge someone's accomplishments. It's like saying that Obama shouldn't really get credit for getting us out of Iraq and Afghanistan because Bush did all the work. Or that Obama really save us from a financial crisis because Bush was the one who approved the initial stimulus package.

    No, I don't think these are fair but it is your perspective nonetheless.

  • tony

    @tony...I see I have a clone. Clone me if you can but its hard work. I got a lot of haters out there.

  • Smh

    @SEis4ME - elements of style would help you master punctuation and the finer points of subject/ verb agreement. On the other hand you seem to spell fairly well. That said, whatever you choose to read is a good thing.

    Btw re: Lanier, gray re-appointed her. Fenty made her chief.

    Thanks for telling me about how elements is used though - too funny. Keep jousting with those windmills - you never cease to amuse.

  • SEis4ME

    Btw re: Lanier, gray re-appointed her. Fenty made her chief.

    How bout dat! Although I imagine if you asked Lanier who is responsible for her being Chief, she would credit her current boss..not the former one.

    Thanks for telling me about how elements is used though - too funny. Keep jousting with those windmills - you never cease to amuse

    Sure. When you're incapable of mounting a reasonable defense of your positions, it usually makes sense to focus on other things...which is why you had nothing else to say about these here "accomplishments."

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