Orange, Grosso Win At-Large D.C. Council Seats
James Wright | 11/7/2012, 9:46 a.m.
Many residents in those areas, as well as some in eastern Washington, wanted ethical leaders on the D.C. Council and they felt that Grosso could be one of those.
"That is why I am for David Grosso," said Tommia Hayes, a Northeast resident. "We have had a lot of corruption in city government for years and D.C. needs a change. That is why I went out and decided to do something for David because this is my city and I am not leaving and will not let it go down."
Grosso had the strong support of D.C. Council member Tommy Wells [D-Ward 6] and notables such as former D.C. Council member William Lightfoot; John Hill, who served as executive director of the D.C. Control Board and chief executive officer of the Federal City Council and Jacque Patterson, former president of the Ward 8 Democrats.
Brown had the endorsement of labor unions such as the Washington Teachers' Union and the Metropolitan Washington AFL-CIO.
Grosso's election means that the D.C. Council will be majority White in January 2013, when the new session of the D.C. Council, known as the period, begins.
The mood at Brown's headquarters in Northwest was somber even though D.C. Council members Kenyan McDuffie [D-Ward 5] and Jim Graham [D-Ward 1] stopped by to show their support.
About a mile north, Grosso's headquarters at Chez Billys in Northwest was festive and Grosso thanked Wells for his support.
Norton, 75, cruised to an easy victory over her opponents with nearly 90 percent of the vote. Norton has not faced a serious opponent since she was elected in 1990.
In the races for the D.C. State Board of Education, incumbent Trayon White easily defeated longtime civic and political activist Philip Pannell, 72-27 percent, in Ward 8 and Mary Lord won the at-large position over Marvin Tucker. D. Kamila Anderson of Ward 4 and Jack Jacobson of Ward 2 won with no opposition.
The White-Pannell race had moments of testiness with Pannell, 61, accusing White, 28, of not attending working sessions of the board while White supporters pointed out the times Pannell quit officer positions or organizations when he didn't get his way.
Ward 7 D.C. State Board of Education member Dorothy Douglas lost to Karen Williams, with Williams winning 41 percent of the vote.