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Ward 8 Activist James Bunn Dies at 71

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Longtime Ward 8 activist James Bunn died Thursday, the Informer reports. Bunn, the father of two sons and mayoral deputy chief of staff Sheila Bunn, ran Congress Heights Main Streets and the Ward 8 Business Council. He was 71, according to Doxie McCoy, a spokeswoman for Mayor Vince Gray.

Bunn rented space to businesses in his Bunn Building on Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE. In a statement on Bunn's death, Gray described him as "one of the finest public servants in Ward 8."

Bunn was also an associate of Mayor-for-Life-turned-Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry, notarizing the incorporation forms for the nonprofits that featured prominently in Barry's 2009 earmarking scandal. The forms were later challenged as featuring forged signatures, including one from a person who didn't exist.

Yesterday, Barry recalled seeing his friend at Anacostia restaurant Georgena's earlier this week. "Number one, he’s my constituent," says Barry. "But number two, he’s my friend. So we’re going to miss him."

Additional reporting by Aaron Wiener. Photo courtesy Sheila Bunn.

  • drez

    I think there's a word missing- he's the husband of the Mayor's DCOS, yes?

  • drez

    Ah. I see I was wrong.
    Condolences to the family.

  • Franklin Garcia

    He's the FATHER of Sheila Bunn, the Mayor's Deputy Chief of Staff(DCOS). RIP Mr. Bunn, you will be missed.

  • mizwillis

    Some people can't get anything associated with VCG right.

    LL: Was this the time to relate innuendo? I know nothing about Mr. Bunn. Now that the man has passed, I'm being led to believe because he was friend of Mayor Barry and Mayor Gray has was a shady character of some kind.

    SHAME ON YOU!!!!!!

    My family extends heartfelt condolences to Ms. Bunn and the rest of the Bunn clan.

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  • sticktoyourguns

    many people are friends with many people in this town....and just because a friend has done something doesn't mean you have as well...James Bunn was friends with a lot of people in DC and you could have named more or named the work he has done

  • Really?

    My condolences to the family and cosign Mizwillis and sticktoyourguns

  • SEis4ME

    As if anybody should be surprised that the CP would use someone's death to draw a thin line to Barry. All the elements are there...WARD 8 starts it off and the blurb ends w.Barry.

    So the point Will decided to make served its purpose...even at the expense of someone else's death.

  • StrangeFruit

    If you're Black, you can't even RIP without this crappy ass paper trying to slander your name.

    RIP Mr. Bunn and my condolences to the family.

  • seDCdude

    Damn drez #1

    Dont you think your condolensces should've been offered PRIOR to your disrespect and attempt at POT stirring?

    Very telling!

  • Brahmin

    I have known the family for many years. The words most people would use for Mr. Bunn, is warm, available, and honorable.

    I had a pray for his health but now my prayers go to his family. I miss him terribly and I only knew him through his work--so I can only imagine the lost the family is feeling. What a wonderful and sweet man.

    Rest in Peace Mr. Bunn.