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  Orange Running for D.C. Mayor's Job
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ContributorThomas Walker 
Last EditedThomas Walker  Jun 20, 2005 03:46pm
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MediaNewspaper - Washington Post
News DateMonday, June 20, 2005 09:45:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionD.C. Council member Vincent B. Orange Sr. announced yesterday that he is running for mayor, casting himself as a veteran politician with the business savvy to broaden the city's economic renaissance and spread its benefits to public schoolchildren, blue-collar workers and forgotten neighborhoods east of the Anacostia River.

Addressing dozens of supporters at a catered picnic in the shady back yard of his family's home in Northeast Washington, Orange (D-Ward 5) took credit for helping to nurture the city's financial turnaround during two terms on the council. As mayor, he said, he would seek to build on that success by focusing resources on public schools, affordable housing, health care for the poor and jobs for city residents.

"Vincent Orange is here to provide a better chance. Because God gave me a better chance," Orange said. "That's all we want. ABC. A better chance. A better chance."

With yesterday's announcement, Orange, 48, becomes the second declared candidate in the 2006 campaign. Council member Adrian M. Fenty (D-Ward 4) is also seeking to replace Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D), who has yet to say whether he will seek a third term.

Unlike Fenty, who is among the mayor's harshest critics, Orange said he "will not be running an anti-Williams campaign," even if the mayor joins the race. "My campaign will be based on building on the foundation" of the past six years, he said.
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