D.C. Political Roundup: Alexander Reveals Choice for D.C. Mayor
James Wright | 12/4/2013, 3 p.m.
Although D.C. Council member Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7) isn’t on the ballot in 2014, it’s no surprise who she’d like to see win the Democratic Party mayoral nomination on April 1.
"I am supporting [D.C. Mayor] Vincent Gray," Alexander, 52, said during the Ward 7 Democrats meeting on Nov. 23 at the Capitol View Library in Southeast.
Alexander is one of three members of the D.C. Council whose name will not appear on the ballot in 2014. The other D.C. Council members who aren’t running for re-election or for another office are Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) and D.C. Council member David Grosso (I-At Large).
Gray, 71, has yet to indicate whether he will seek a second term.
When asked does she have a preference for the Democrats running for mayor, if Gray decides not to enter the race, she smiled mischievously.
"I have decided who I will support," Alexander said. "Stay tuned."
In other news, the Ward 7 Democrats will hold their 11th Annual Holiday Celebration and Children's Winter Clothing Drive on Saturday, Dec. 14 at The Chateau nightclub in Northeast from 3-7 p.m.
Ed Potillo, the president of the Ward 7 Democrats, said that the event isn’t another political gathering.
"We are supporting the ward's children," said Potillo, 45. "There are many elementary school children in the ward who do not have enough clothing and we want to help them."
Ethel Delaney Lee Dinner Draws Crowd
The Ward 4 Democrats held their Fourth Annual Ethel Delaney Lee Dinner, a gala fundraiser, on Nov. 23 at the Washington Ethical Society in Northwest. More than 100 people attended the event that honors Ward 4 residents and organizations.
"The Ethel Delaney Lee Awards Dinner was established in 2010, to recognize the contributions of community members who continue to give of their time, talent, and treasures, to make our city and our Ward 4 better for all," said Brandon Todd, 30, the president of the Ward 4 Democrats.
Lee thanked those who attended the gala but said that all Democrats need to unite behind President Obama and fight those who would oppose him.
"The members of Congress need to take off their suits and put on their true outfits, white sheets," said Lee, 87, to the delight of the crowd.
Lee is a co-founder of the Ward 4 Democrats and has worked with and mentored such politicians as former D.C. Council members Arrington Dixon and Charlene Drew Jarvis, former D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty and D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser, who happens to be a candidate for District mayor in 2014.
Dr. Betty Catoe-Strudwick and Terry Goings received the 2013 Woman and Man of the Year Awards. Retired Pepco executive Beverly Perry, Channel 9 Newscaster Bruce Johnson and Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner 4B02 Faith Wheeler walked away with a President Award of Excellence trophy while the Georgia Avenue Family Support Collaborative received the 2013 Outstanding Community Service Award.
D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) and D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) made remarks and paid homage to Lee.
"The strength of our party is in its units," said Norton, 75, referring to organizations like the Ward 4 Democrats. "What you are doing here tonight in honoring Ethel Delaney Lee has not been done enough."
Ward 8 Democrats Announce Committee Chairs
Natalie Williams, the president of the Ward 8 Democrats, announced on Nov. 16, the committee chairs for the 2013-2015 term.
The committees perform the lion’s share of the work for the Ward 8 Democrats and the chairmen help the president set the policies and procedures that govern the organization.
The Rev. Anthony Motley will serve as the new chair of the key Issues and Legislation Committee. The committee deals with the organization's positions on political issues facing the ward and the city.
Other chairs include Angelisa Young of the Program Development Committee; Arnehl Lyon on Seniors; 8E02 Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Anthony Muhammad on the Youth Outreach Committee and Verna McKelvin on Public Relations.
"I am confident that each of these individuals is more than capable to perform tasks that have been entrusted to them with the highest levels of commitment and professionalism," said Williams, 43.