Ward 2 Democrats will meet Thursday, March 11, to fill a vacancy on the DC Democratic State Committee. This spot must be filled by a woman who is a registered Democrat living in Ward 2. Nominations will be taken from the floor, but nominees must be present at the election meeting.
The election will be held at the John A. Wilson Building (aka the District Building) at 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW at 6 p.m. in Room 120. All Ward 2 Democrats are eligible to vote. For more information, contact Will Stephens, Corresponding Secretary for Ward 2 Democrats.
The Dupont and Logan neighborhoods are located in Ward 2, with the exception of a small strip north of S Street on the east side of 14th Street that is in Ward 1.
The monthly meeting of ANC 2B/Dupont is this Wednesday the 14th at 7 p.m. Note that the location is now the Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Avenue NW (between 17th and 18th Streets), 1st Floor, Falk Auditorium.
Luis and I headed over to Halo Lounge around 6:30 on Friday evening for Mayor Fenty’s “big announcement.” We got there a few minutes late, but Luis did get a photo of the mayor with wife, Michelle, as they left Halo. He was there to announce (not surprisingly) that he would sign the same-sex marriage bill that is expected to be passed by the DC Council later this fall.
There were many political poobahs (yes, it’s a word I love) on hand; I spotted Councilmembers Jim Graham (Ward 1), Mary Cheh (Ward 3) and [I think I saw] Phil Mendelson (At-Large). At-Large Council candidate Clark Ray was there as was DC’s delegate to Congress, Eleanor Holmes Norton. Continue reading
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There was a nice turnout for Ray, with about 50 supporters, including community and political activists as well as ANC 2B-Dupont commissioners.
I counted four of the nine ANC 2B commissioners this morning and Vice Chair Will Stephens gave an introductory speech for Ray, as did LGBT and neighborhood activist Peter Rosenstein. My volunteer experience over the years tells me that this was a good sign for Ray—these are the kind of people you need to run a campaign and win an election.
Just a reminder about a couple of things happening in Borderstan tomorrow.
Farmers’ Market, 14th & U NW. Remember that the 14th and U Farmers’ Market continues into October. You can get info about the market on Facebook and since they have a public page on Facebook, you don’t have to be a registered member of Facebook to go to it. (Got that?) On the northwest corner of 14th and U Streets NW.
Clark Ray for Council Kickoff, 17th & Q NW. At 10 a.m. Clark Ray will officially announce his candidacy for the DC City Council at the corner of 17th and Q Streets NW next to Java House. Ray is kicking off his candidacy in Ward 2 where served as neighborhood service coordinator for former Mayor Anthony Williams. Ray is running for the At-Large seat held by Phil Mendelson; they will be on the ballot in the Democratic Primary in September 2010. (Full disclosure: I know Ray and am supporting him.)
A couple of people told me that Clark Ray—candidate for DC Council and former head of DC Parks and Recreation until his dismissal by Mayor Adrian Fenty in April—was at the ribbon cutting for the park. Some of his supporters were on hand, too, wearing Ray stickers.
Nothing unusual there… but Fenty, Councilmember Jack Evans (Ward 2) and Ximena Hartsock (Ray’s replacement) all recognized Ray from the podium at the ribbon-cutting ceremonies today, giving him credit for his role in creation of both the Shaw Dog Park and the 17th Street park.
Ironic that Fenty fires Ray, but then gives Ray credit for his good work. I guess I do have to give Fenty credit for recognizing Ray, but some days it is tough to figure out our mayor.
(Full disclosure: I know Ray and am supporting him in his bid against incumbent Phil Mendelson in the 2010 Democratic Primary for an At-Large Council seat.)
Many dogs and their owners also turned out for the dog park, which was plagued by long delays and an opening date several months after the original deadline.
Unfortunately, there was a dog fight right after the ribbon cutting. It appeared that a big dog got hold of a Chihuahua, but I don’t know if the smaller dog was hurt. One thing missing from this park is the separate area for smaller dogs that is part of the Shaw Dog Park on 11th Street NW.
One thing I hope we don’t see more of at the new dog park: a small child was running around in the middle of the dogs. Small children should never be inside an enclosed area with dogs. What if that dog had gone after the small child instead of the small dog? Note to parents: Please read Child Safety: On Dogs, Dog Parks and Small Children.