Loose Lips

Alexander: Ellerbe Promised No Ward 7 Bid

While embattled fire chief Kenneth Ellerbe announced only last night that he'll retire in July, District wags have long been considering one option for the soon-to-be-ex-chief: a run at the Ward 7 seat held by Councilmember Yvette Alexander.

The idea that Ellerbe would run for office in his ward has been around for a while. Anti-violence activist Ron Moten, who unsuccessfully ran against Alexander as a Republican in 2012, tells LL that he heard rumors even then that Ellerbe was eying the office.

Alexander herself says that she's heard "rumblings" for months that Ellerbe was considering her job. She started to notice him going to lots of Ward 7 meetings, a phenomenon she was tweeting about just minutes before the Post reported Ellerbe's resignation.

With a fire department tenure marked by labor strife, the death of a man outside a fire station, and equipment problems, Ellerbe might not exactly seem like a shoo-in for a Council seat. But he's close enough with Mayor Vince Gray, a former Ward 7 councilmember, that Gray ignored calls for Ellerbe's resignation even as Ellerbe's woes turned from farce to tragedy, then back again. Gray and Alexander, meanwhile, haven't been getting along lately.

For now, Alexander diehards can relax. Alexander tells LL that Ellerbe, responding to the rumors, promised her months ago that he wouldn't run after Ward 7 residents unhappy with Alexander tried to recruit him.

"I want to let you know I am not running and I support you 100 percent," Alexander recalls Ellerbe telling her.

Ellerbe didn't respond to LL's email, possibly because he has more pressing things to deal with today than an election two years in the future.

When LL asked Alexander how she thought Ellerbe's time running the fire department would be remembered, she turned cryptic.

“Last impressions are the most memorable," Alexander says.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

  • Marvin E. Adams

    To paraphrase the mercurial Don King: "Only in D.C."

  • Buzy Bee

    Ellerbe gotta be crazy if he thinks he's gonna step foot in my Ward. Hell to the no!!!! All the BS accomplishments I heard on the news didn't sit well w/me. Where the $%&* is the ambulances that you claim we have. Most are inoperable. With a $400 million surplus why couldn't Gray allocate alot of those funds so our residents wouldn't die waiting on their a$$. Sometimes I'm embarrassed to say I live in DC. A city where I was born & raised.

  • 20011

    ^^^ Only in Ward 7 would a scumbag like Ellerbe have any political weight.

  • BeGone

    What a Farce of a City!!! If only we could click our heels and get rid of all these buffoons!!!

  • Typical DC BS

    Most of the money spent on DC firefighters goes toward SALARIES/PENSIONS. It's ridiculous that a lieutenant in the DC Firefighters, who was DERELICT in her duty to help that man who died in front of her station a few months ago, is retiring at FIFTY ONE years old on a pension of $70,000/year.

    WAKE UP DC.

  • DCShadyBoots

    It would be nice to find someone smart to replace Yvette Alexander on the Council.

  • Yveetediehardward7

    ELLERBE NEEDS TO SIT DOWN!
    GRAY NEEDS TO SIT DOWN!

    LET ME GIVE YALL THE TEA
    ELLERBE'S GIRLFRIEND LISA MALLARY WAS DOING A SORRY ASS JOB AT THE DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT SERVICES. ELLERBE AND MALLARY 2 GRAY CRONIES, SORRY ASS PUBLIC SERVENTS! THEY ALL NEED TO SIT DOWN!
    GRAY HAS BEEN DISSIN' YVETTE FOR A WHILE NOW THINKING HE CAN CONTROL HER LIKE A PUPPET. WELL YVETTE IS NOBODY'S PUPPET!! SHE IS UNBOSSED AND UNBROUGHT!! GRAY TRIED TO SET HER UP WITH A B.S RUN FOR AT-LARGE AS A WAY TO WEAKEN HER POLITICALLY. IT DIDN'T WORK!!! BLOOP!!! WITH ALL THE MONEY SHE IS MOVING IN TO THE WARD VIA THE NEW BUDGET GRAY NEEDS TO TAKE HIS SORRY ASS TEAM WITH HIM AND GO SIT DOWN SOMEWHERE.

    AS FAR AS THE WONDERFUL WARD 7 COUNCIL MEMBER ALEXANDER HAS NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT AS SHE IS POPULAR IN HER WARD! SHE WORKS HARD FOR THE PEOPLE OF WARD 7. PERIOD!

  • watchdogdc

    Ms. Alexander should not put any faith in the words that come out of Ellerbe's mouth. Just go back and listen to the numerous council hearings, interviews and review the transcript from the case he had with the current president of the union and follow the packs of lies he would tell over and over. Yvette stay on your toes Ellerbe is loyal to Mayor Gray and you have went against him so I am sure the two of them will be out to destroy you.

  • seDCdude

    Great move for the city, and especially great for the ward!

    Any MAN who could function, lead and maneuver effectively in that racist, cess pool of a climate called DCFD gets my vote!!

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