Nikkidix Posted August 22, 2005 Report Share Posted August 22, 2005 In another week, the flood gates of politicians will hit us like a Political Tsunami. Councilwoman Kathy Patterson has made it clear that she will run for the Chairmanship of the D.C. City Council and take on the likes of Jack Evans and Jim Graham. Sounds like political suicide to most. So all of us in Ward 3 will have to pick a new council member but who? The rumor mill has it that ANC Commissioner Nancy Mac Wood might run for Ward 3 city council. Other ANC Commissioners and outsiders think this would be a disastrous effort because: 1. She does not have the financing to back a campaign; 2. She does not have enough support throughout Ward 3; 3. She has too many enemies; 4. Her negative demeanor proceeds her; 5. Her reputation among various organizations and businesses that support candidates is very bad and they would support anyone but her; 6. She is an insider and Spin Doctors say DC voters will once again pick outsiders more or less like Vincent Gray, Kwame Brown and Amy Bowman and especially in Ward 3 which will probably support someone who has not been involved in DC Government before. As for the resurrection of Erik Gaull, he will probably rear his head again ignoring the facts: 1. That the media last time round handed him his head on a rusty platter; 2. That most in Ward 3 see him as a GADFLY; 3. The League of Women Voters judged him to be poorly informed and in the minority on the issues; 4. That many believe that he is being controlled by the old Marion Barry Machine and his last campaign was behind closed door being directed by none other than Harold Brazil who voters finally booted out after mischievous behavior. Now about this newcomer Jonathan Rees. ( www.dc2006.net )Little is known about him other than: 1. That he has a good reputation in the business/healthcare industry as being someone who can create jobs, generate income and can do it while also cutting budgets without affecting quality; 2. That he is seen as being very reliable, outgoing, friendly and does actually take the time to talk to people instead of having a staffer handle it; 3. That he tends to act in the best interest of people who earn between $35k - $80k a year who he sees as being the backbone of DC; 4. That he will not align himself with other political leaders, groups but travels the political highway as a lone ranger appealing to Mom & Pa Kettle and settling his loyalty with such; 5. That he can be found at nights walking the streets of Ward 3 putting up his posters and distributing his flyers while chatting with voters along the way thus giving him a major advantage in reaching voters first; 6. That Ward 3 has the highest number of healthcare workers in DC and that several of the healthcare organizations are quietly backing Rees not with money but encouraging their members to vote for him for their job security and the possibility of tort reform happening in DC.; but 7. Yet, little else about him is known other than he is really gun- ho, a bit overwhelming but he is a clean slate and has no obligations. I think we will see Linda Cropp as out next mayor, Jim Graham as our next City Council Chairman and any newcomer as our Council Member. Nicole S. Dixon Society of African American Female Journalists Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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