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Here’s Who Won All the Local Races

At-large Councilmember-elect David Grosso

Barack Obama won four more years last night, plus D.C.'s three electoral votes. Ballot initiatives in Maryland allowing gay marriage and expanded gambling both passed. In Virginia, Tim Kaine won a Senate term.

And in D.C., if you weren't following along last night, here's who won:

Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives: Eleanor Holmes Norton (D)

Chairman of the D.C. Council: Phil Mendelson (D)

At-Large Councilmember: Vincent Orange (D) and David Grosso (I)

Ward 8 Councilmember: Marion Barry (D)

Ward 7 Councilmember: Yvette Alexander (D)

Ward 4 Councilmember: Muriel Bowser (D)

Ward 2 Councilmember: Jack Evans (D)

Shadow Senator: Michael D. Brown (D)

Shadow Representative: Nate Bennett-Fleming (D)

At-Large Member of the State Board of Education: Mary Lord

Ward 8 Member of the State Board of Education: Trayon White

Ward 7 Member of the State Board of Education: Karen Williams

Ward 4 Member of the State Board of Education: D. Kamili Anderson

Ward 2 Member of the State Board of Education: Jack Jacobson

Three charter amendments also passed: One that allows the D.C. Council to boot one of its members who has exhibited "gross misconduct," and two that bar councilmembers and mayors from regaining office if they are convicted of felonies while holding their titles.

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Photo by Darrow Montgomery

  • tony

    I hate to say it...but I told you so.

    Mr. Brown lost was due to "black electorate fatigue”. Many black folks east of the river opted to vote for AJ Cooper even though he could not win and this sharply reduced Mr. Brown’s support east of the river which ultimately led to his defeat.

    This sort of voting practice is usually counter-productive and could be very politically damaging for the east of the river community and black folks in general.

    First, the east of river community has given up a political office to a white candidate that it will never regain. In fact, never in the history of this city has a black candidate ever unseated a white incumbent. Never!

    Secondly, Mr. Gross owes the east of the river community absolutely nothing politically speaking. So when it comes budget time and he must decide whether to cut social services or raise taxes, he can make a decision that could be harmful to the black community without any political backlash. The same is true when it comes to denying Black Department Heads confirmation, reducing city contracts to black firms, allocating monies to charter schools over public schools, reducing funding for community based programs, cutting the city's social safety net, voting against the unions, voting against housing development programs, etc.

    Thirdly, the east of the river community by their vote yesterday has shifted the “balance of power” back to the white community. What this means is that there's enough white political clout on the council to now unilaterally determine the political, social, and economic future of this city without any or very little input from the black community. Specifically, David Catania, Jim Graham, Jack Evans, Tommy Wells, David Grosso, Phil Mendleson, and Mary Che will now determine the political future of the black community in this city. Virtually all white men.

    This reality is one of the reasons why I and others voiced the importance of black officials using their political power to empower their own financially. Both Mr. Michael Brown and Kwame Brown had their fingertips on an annual budget of nearly 9 BILLION DOLLARS for years. And they must ask themselves did they do enough to help their own people. Obviously, far too many black folks do not believe they did which in part led to both of these men political demise.

    I don’t know what the future hold for many black folks in this city particularly east of the river. I am afraid that the decision some of them made yesterday out of political vengeance may very well do more harm than good for years to come.

    We will see.

    THIS IS MY LAST COMMENT ON THIS BLOG, IT HAS BEEN MY PLEASURE.

  • NE John

    and so ends the infamous tony era of the DC blogs lol

  • Lisa

    You know, I'm not sure why everyone has to make everything a freaking race issue. The person in office serves everyone. So, if you're black, white, chinese, korean, african, italian, or what have you, be active and make your politicals work for you. I mean, white people living in the district could say the same thing about a black person in office - that their needs, viewpoints will not be heard and/or met. Let's just live together and learn to respect. Be a good citizen and neighbor, regardless of your race. I'm tired of this.

  • SaveWard7

    Let us call it like it is, "Michael Brown lost because of Michael Brown"!

  • Anon4

    Why does tony seem to think that African Americans live only east of the river? I'm an African American resident and I want lower city taxes. I voted for Grosso. Michael Brown is a lying crook. I dont care what either man's race is.

  • DL

    Tony,

    What's wrong with you? Seriously. Michael Brown lost because he is a scoundrel. That isn't a racial issue. It is a moral issue. On a night when we took great pride in re electing a black president your views about why Michael Brown was turned out of office is disheartening. President Obama was reelected because he is a man of integrity who has worked damned hard.

    I don't think your views are representative of most folks east or west. Not only are they not representative they are shameful.

  • SEis4ME

    On a night when we took great pride in re electing a black president

    Yet, you've summed up last nights results to a single theme...reelecting a "black" president.

    IMO, that oversimplification and focus on race is just as shameful.

  • Sally

    Michael Brown lost because of Michael Brown.

    The man can't balance his checkbook - or even bother to check his campaign checkbook more than once a year - and he's supposed to trusted to have even a basic understanding of the city's budget and finances?

    How fast will Michael Brown shed the "independent" label, magically turn back into a Democrat, and announce he's going to run for the Mendelson at-large vacant seat?

    We need to ditch the deadwood on the Council and start anew with competent, honest, and trustworthy political leaders. Getting rid of Michael Brown is one step in that process.

    And if anyone thinks tony the racist is done posting here, they should recall when our favorite mental patient NOODLEZ made the same pledge.

  • Drez

    Last comment.
    Yeah, right.
    If I ca survive Fenty's defeat you can survive Michael Brown's (and Kwame Brown's, and HTJ's)
    Point being, you are a fighter and the sun will rise tomorrow.

  • arm320

    Brown lost because he has shown time and time again that he is an irresponsible man of very questionable character. That his replacement is a white man should not matter at all. Why would it?

  • SPGorm

    Lisa, I am live in a minority majority neighborhood that is transitioning. My next door neighbor of African Descent's biggest fear is not the election of white people, its that DC will never again have a Black Mayor or a City Council that is majority African American.

  • noodlez

    @SALLY-I SEE YOU ALL GIRL,INTERRUPTED AND SHIT.
    THERE IS SOME VALIDITY TO YOUR COMMENT. YES I TRIED TO FLY OVER THE COOKOO'S NEST WHICH IS THE WASH CITY PAPER BUT SOMEHOW I LANDED AND WAS UNABLE TO TAKE OFF AGAIN.

    SINCE YOU ARE AN OLD SCHOOL COMMENTER AND YOUR FAVORITE MENTAL PATIENT I'M ONLY GOING TO GO ALL 12 MONKEYS ON YOUR ASS AND HIT YOU WITH A RAVING LUNATIC RANT.

    CONTINUE ON WITH YOUR BITCHASSNESS THEN MY NEXT RANT WILL HAVE YOUR BAMMA ASS LOOKING LIKE CLARICE UP IN THIS MOFO.

  • er

    i think people are missing a lot by completely dismissing tony's point.

    the truth is that black leadership in dc is endangered, and it desperately needs to adapt and bring itself into the 21st century. having black representation is still vital. there was a time when it was a progressive viewpoint. now, it resembles the stances of the national republican party.

  • Typical DC BS

    Sorry er. The only thieves in DC government are Democrats. I also don't think any black representatives are anti-abortion.

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