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.