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Thompson Uses Capitol Hill Clout to Benefit District

James Wright | 3/29/2014, 2:39 p.m.
D.C. Council candidate Darrel Thompson hasn't hesitated to throw his weight around Capitol Hill during his bid for office — ...
Darrel Thompson is a candidate for the Ward 6 D.C. Council seat. (Courtesy photo)

D.C. Council candidate Darrel Thompson hasn't hesitated to throw his weight around Capitol Hill during his bid for office — an influence over members of Congress he says he will use for the city's benefit.

Thompson, who's locked in a close race with Charles Allen for the Ward 6 council seat in the April 1 Democratic primary, said Friday that he met with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) about D.C. budget and legislative autonomy.

"Senator Begich tells me that he would like to introduce legislation on the Subcommittee of Emergency Management, Intergovernmental Relations and the District of Columbia that will bring the budget and legislative autonomy to D.C. that is long overdue," Thompson said. "As a former deputy chief of staff to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, this is an example of how I will work with Congress to advocate on behalf of the District."

Begich said such collaborations with Thompson to help the District will continue once he is elected.

"I look forward to working with Darrel Thompson when he is a D.C. Council member to bring this bill forward in the subcommittee which I chair," the senator said. "I've known and worked with Darrel Thompson for many years and I know he believes this bill is long overdue for the District."

Thompson, who worked for President Barack Obama in 2004 when he was a Senate candidate and for former House Democratic Leader Richard Gephardt, has appealed to Ward 6 residents to represent them in City Hall because of his knowledge of how Capitol Hill and the White House works.