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Kenyan McDuffie Officially Joins D.C. Council

Ward 5 D.C. Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie Sworn In

Once the Honorable Erik P. Christian administered the oath of office on Wednesday afternoon, Kenyan McDuffie became Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie of Ward 5.

When McDuffie first appeared in the standing-room-only crowd, the audience stood up and applauded for him. When he started speaking about the support he received from his family and especially from his wife, those seated responded, “Amen,” as if the Wilson Building were a church.

Then again, McDuffie for some represents change that’s needed in the District, after the disaster that was Harry Thomas Jr.’s downfall. Which may explain the packed house to watch him be sworn in. McDuffie shook hands with supporters after the ceremony was officially over, then took pictures with everyone in the room who asked, before heading to his new office in room 410.

He shook hands through the hallway and hugged, shook hands and hugged, shook hands and hugged. Food was served in his office as a line formed. Staff carried plates of macaroni, veggies, and chicken wings to their desks and through the growing crowd.

Between taking photos with his family and greeting supporters at his office, McDuffie stopped to chat briefly with Washington City Paper.

“I’m going to reach out to have the most transparent and inclusive office,” he said.

As for what kind of councilmember the residents of Ward 5 can look forward to?

“Expect a councilmember who will hold himself to the highest personal standards of integrity,” McDuffie said. “Expect a councilmember that’s going to be inclusive, who is going to represent every neighborhood in the entire ward and reach out to every person throughout the ward. Expect a councilmember who is going to work to achieve results.”

And with that, it was back to the party.

Photo by Sudip Bhattacharya

  • KeepinItReal

    Be careful Kenyan. Don't turn your back on the constituents who put you there and DON'T take your job for granted. You have 2 years, which means you will be back on the campaign trail in 1. There will be a Mayoral election at the time you are up for re-election. Voter turnout in Ward 5 will be high already. Higher if you do an Adrian Fenty on black folks in Ward 5.

  • Throw The Book

    Good for ward 5, I just hope that McDuffie works hard so that families can be proud generational washingtonians like he claims. Because if he is with the progressive crew, I can assure you all the native washingtonians will be kicked out of Ward 5.

  • Barrie Daneker

    McDuffie is not a progressive he's a forward thinker who will include everyone in the future of DC!

  • Ward 5 res

    Kenyan McDuffie for Mayor!!!!!

  • Throw The Book

    @Barrie sorry to burst your bubble, but this is politics, not singing around a camp fire. Although "everyone" seems to love McDuffie, not EVERYONE votes, there is a difference.

    I wish the best for McDuffie, but he is only a couple hours into office. Once he settles in and learns the harsh realities of DC politics, his demeanor will change and so will his target party who he must please to get re-elected will change.

    Everyone loves, not everyone donates money and votes. Remember that!!

  • N.E. John

    I'm with you my brother from NE!

  • RealDC

    Ok, good luck Mr. McDuffie.

    Now could you and the other candidates please take down and recycle your campaign signs? Ward 5 looks a mess with all of the signs half hanging on the poles.

    Also, stay away from Wells and his band of "progressives".

  • DcNative

    Congratulations McDuffie, and if you keep your ear on the pulse of the community and respond to their needs and issues you will do well, but you gotta distance yourself from Tommy Well.

    The Black media has repeatedly reported on Wells' policies and practices that have created a racial divide in his Ward.

  • Barrie Daneker

    @ Throw the Book--If you didn't vote then you must "shut the front door". What target party he's a Democratic! Furthermore, just cause you donate money doesn't mean you buy you way into getting your special interests to move forward with the CM voting for your interest. $ doesn't equal a vote that a constituent wants.

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

    Good lord, how much longer do we have to listen to people claiming that there's some kind of racial conspiracy theory behind Kenyan's election? When can we drain this fevered swamp?