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It’s a Race In Ward 2 (Updated)

Long time Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans will face at least one competitor in next year's election. Fiona Greig, a new mom and a consultant at McKinsey & Company, is planning a run, at least according to these Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Greig, who graduated from Stanford and has a PhD in public policy from Harvard (gross, right?), says she's an "entrepreneurial leader committed to public service who lives in Georgetown."

LL will update when he gets in touch with Greig. Until then, here's more her bio:

Committed to the needs of District residents, in 2009 Fiona started the District’s first financial inclusion program called “Bank on DC” to help unbanked District residents get access to financial services and education. She built a coalition of banks, credit unions, and community organizations to offer the Bank on DC account. Today 3,500 Bank on DC accounts have been opened, including 1,400 among youth in the District’s Summer Youth Employment Program. For her leadership with Bank on DC, she was nominated as a Young Women of Achievement by the Women’s Information Network.

Greig is part of a group of progressive candidates Greater Greater Washington's David Alpert (and others with political connections) have been recruiting. To knock off Evans, she'll likely need to get started raising some serious dough and knocking on a lot of doors. Evans raised $143,000 as of last reporting period and likely has the name recognition you'd expect for someone who has been in office for the last 20 years.

Update: LL might have overplayed the whole Greig-was-recruited-by-Alpert card. She tells LL that 1) she's still in exploratory mode (yeah right) and 2) she came to the decision to almost-run on her own, after consulting with a great number of people including Alpert.

One more thing: Greig's daughter is six weeks old, which prompted LL to ask if she was crazy for trying to run a labor-intensive political campaign while trying to survive the sleepless nights that newborns cause. Greig said having a baby has helped crystallize her rational for running. "I want every moment of my professional life to count," she says.

  • ShawBoy

    @Anonymous,Too:

    Haters gonna hate. 20 years is plenty of time to make lots of enemies. Not gonna argue that with you.

    Point remains - Fiona is not the one to beat Jack.

  • Anonymous,Too

    Nope, Shawboy, doesn't have anything to do with "haters"... 20 years is way-y-y-y too long for any one person to be in office. They get lazy, sloppy, arrogant and, yes, corrupt.

    You are correct that Fiona is not the one to beat Jack... he'll do that all by himself.

  • ShawBoy

    @Anonymous,Too

    Please hook me up with whatever you are smoking if you think for a minute Evans will lose on April 3. Do the math, yo!

    109 days til the election. Fiona who? Peeps in her own hood aint even heard of her. Show me the $$$. Oh yeah - she aint got any.

    im no paul wellstone, but this formula does not add up to success on election day.

    your points about evans may be valid - lazy, sloppy, arrogant and, yes, corrupt. this does not change reality. he will win.

  • Anonymous,Too

    "im no paul wellstone, but..."

    That's good, because he's dead.

    "your points about evans may be valid - lazy, sloppy, arrogant and, yes, corrupt."

    While my points weren't about Evans specifically, he is a card-carrying member of an outmoded class, the career politician.

    "...this does not change reality. he will win."

    Staunch supporters of every candidate, Evans included, need to believe that.

    But, as I said above, "You are correct that Fiona is not the one to beat Jack... he'll do that all by himself."

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