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The Signspotter: Vincent Orange

The Signspotter: Vincent Orange

Candidate: Former Ward 5 Councilmember Vincent Orange, running for D.C. Council chairman

Colors: Green, orange, and white

Graphic elements: Just simple type

Slogan: Vincent Orange for DC Chairman

Spotted: Columbia Road NW

The SignspotterSignspotter says: Orange's is among the most straightforward of the signs out there this year, just five words in block type and not a single star or a swoosh or line to distract from them. But his signs don’t go quietly: the former councilmember naturally presents his last name in a color that can be loved only by Dutch soccer fans, Tropicana marketers and candidates named Orange.

The use of such a terrible color scheme is Orange's birthright, but the bizarre title he uses for the job he seeks is not. None of the candidates seeking the District's second-most important office can even agree on what to call it: rival Kwame Brown describes it as "Council Chair," while Bryan Gurley, since bumped from the ballot, went with "Chairman Council" on signs still littered around town.

Orange's solution feels like the worst of the bunch. Is he running to helm the Taxicab Commission? The Board of Elections & Ethics? The man—who unlike his namesake Vincent Gray, chose to use his given name instead of the faux-casual "Vince"—should extend a little more respect to the office he wants to hold. Would it be too much to put "D.C. Council Chairman" on his signs?

Photo by Mike Madden

  • Isn’t It Obvious

    Seems to me that the only one who has gotten the name of the seat the candidate is running for in the DC Council Chair position is Kwame Brown. All of the other candidates use sexist language by referring to the position as the "Chairman" position - which suggest that they believe the position can only be held by a man.

    To indicate that the position is that of "Chair" or "Chairperson" removes the sexist language.

  • http://distcurm.blogspot.com/ IMGoph

    if past performance is indicative of the future, many of orange's signs will still be on those lamp posts in 2012...