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Despite Competition, Campaign Volunteers Unite as Neighbors in Ward 5

Published: Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Updated: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 20:09

Campaign Colors

Brittany Johnson/Howard University News Service

The tents and signs of the candidates in Ward 5 made a colorful statement on primary day.

Brother McDuffie stressed that maintaining strong constituent services is necessary. "The people who have been here can't be forgotten," he said. "It is an uphill battle. [D.C.] has to get back to people owning their government."

Monique Smith, an eight-year Ward 5 resident and scheduler for Councilman Harry Thomas Jr., whose platform addresses good health and educational opportunities, said  "[Thomas] has done a lot of great things. He was one of the main people who advocated for UDC to move to the [Backus] location.

"Thomas will continue to support more youth programs," Smith said. "The youth are really crying out. Youth advocacy is a big for me because I have a 17-year-old daughter."

Candidate Delano Hunter, whose platform includes job expansion, economic growth and youth development, can relate to younger and older people, said Devonte Little, a Ward 5 resident for all of his 19 years. "He looks at situations from all perspectives," Little said.

The residents of Ward 5 said what they really want is to make sure all the candidates are focused on meeting their needs. 

As resident Linda Perkins said, "We as a people have to understand the power of our vote."

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