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Orange win would make DC Council most colorful in history

Tomorrow is the DC Council special election. Many voters are still pondering whether to vote for the candidate with the best chance to beat Vincent Orange, or for whomever they like most.

Unfortunately, it's far from clear which candidate could best beat Orange, since we have no good polls. If everyone who wanted Weaver to win voted for him, would he win? Mara seems to be surging, but is he really, and is that enough?

Since I can't give any more useful insight into the race, here's a totally frivolous chart showing the number of people with colors for names over time.

Orange himself is the man who started the current rainbow trend when he succeeded Harry Thomas, Sr. as Ward 5 councilmember in 1999. Before that, there were no colors on the council or as mayor. Now, we have a Gray as mayor, a Brown as chair, and another Brown as at-large member.

An Orange victory tomorrow would mean four colors in office, constituting every one of them who's ever served.

Plus, we have ANC Commissioners Gale Black (4A08), Keith Silver (6C01), Sylvia Brown (7C04), Lisa White (7D01), and Dionne Brown (8D07).

This chart excludes foreign-language color names. Carol Schwartz's last name derives from the German word "schwarz," which means... black.

Thanks to Steve Offutt for the list of ANC commissioners and Eric Fidler for the German.

David Alpert is the founder of Greater Greater Washington and its board president. He worked as a Product Manager for Google for six years and has lived in the Boston, San Francisco, and New York metro areas in addition to Washington, DC. He now lives with his wife and two children in Dupont Circle. 


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I had no idea that the year that came after 2011 was "Maybe." Perhaps an ominous sign of things to come?

by James Hare on Apr 25, 2011 2:41 pm • linkreport

FYI, Schwartz means black in German.

by Jacob on Apr 25, 2011 2:58 pm • linkreport

Ooops. Just read the last line. Clearly you're on top of things, David.

by Jacob on Apr 25, 2011 2:59 pm • linkreport

Where are the Greens?

by Eric H. on Apr 25, 2011 3:32 pm • linkreport

I guess this is the CityPaper now.

by W Jordan on Apr 25, 2011 4:01 pm • linkreport

It's like they're playing clue! Mayor Gray, in Ward 6, with the Streetcar Funding!

by Uriel on Apr 25, 2011 4:09 pm • linkreport

So by extrapolation, all council members will have colorful names by ~2040?

by Michael Perkins on Apr 25, 2011 4:22 pm • linkreport

I wonder how we rank in the stats of cities best poised to interchange their officials' names with those in Clue.

by Bossi on Apr 25, 2011 4:48 pm • linkreport

Ahh Uriel- you beat me to it :)

by Bossi on Apr 25, 2011 4:49 pm • linkreport

I understand the DAY of the election is the 26th. But on, I do not see one word about the *hours*. Ten till two, maybe?

by Turnip on Apr 25, 2011 6:13 pm • linkreport

Polls close at 2000

by Bossi on Apr 25, 2011 8:23 pm • linkreport

Best ggw post ever.

by Andrew on Apr 25, 2011 10:00 pm • linkreport

Great article!
Alexander needs to watch out for Sylvia Brown and
Lisa White in Ward 7! Also Tom Brown!

They might take her in the upcoming elections!

One thing for sure.... Alexander needs to GO in Ward 7!
Alexander will be voted out in the next election!

by me4dc on Apr 26, 2011 12:39 am • linkreport

One thing for sure.... Alexander needs to GO in Ward 7!

Maybe he still has time to get a new color named after him.

by David desJardins on Apr 26, 2011 2:26 pm • linkreport

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