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  Cropp Announces Candidacy for D.C. Mayor
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Last EditedCOSDem  Sep 29, 2005 01:09pm
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News DateThursday, September 8, 2005 07:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionD.C. Council Chairman Linda W. Cropp yesterday entered the 2006 race for mayor, vowing to use her long experience and skills as a consensus builder to fix public schools, make streets safer and ensure that even the poorest residents share in the city's economic revival.

Addressing almost 200 enthusiastic supporters under a brilliant blue sky on historic and newly vibrant U Street NW, Cropp (D) said she would fight to bring fairness and accountability to District government, just as she said she fought last yearto revise Mayor Anthony A. Williams's agreement to pay for a new Major League Baseball stadium.

"Many people told me that I shouldn't take on the baseball league. But I did," Cropp said to applause. "I fought for a better agreement and saved taxpayers millions of dollars. That's the kind of hands-on leadership that I bring."

Cropp, a 25-year veteran of city politics who also has served as school board president, is the fourth candidate to enter the campaign and, in some respects, the most formidable. Of the four declared contenders, Cropp alone has won a citywide election. Yesterday, she was flanked by an array of veteran activists and prominent figures in the city's political establishment, including her husband, Dwight, a former aide for then-Mayor Marion Barry; former city administrator Elijah B. Rogers; and other powerbrokers from Barry's administration.
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