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One more councilmember wants to see Robert White on the D.C. Council dais in January. After landing Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie‘s endorsement in July, at-large Council hopeful White will be endorsed by Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander, LL has learned.
The endorsement from Alexander, who toyed with her own bid for the seat, should help White stand out against the 12 other candidates competing against him for the at-large seat reserved for non-Democrats.
It should also help his fundraising. While White managed to have more cash reserves than most of his rivals at the August reporting deadline, he lags behind better-funded opponents like wine bar owner Khalid Pitts.
“I think it brings a recognition of my broad understanding of the city,” White says of his endorsement from two ward councilmembers.
In a White campaign press release set to be published later this morning, Alexander calls White a “bridge builder” who impressed her with both his strenuous winter campaigning and his ideas for east of the river wards. White says his plans for Wards 7 and 8 include grants to persuade businesses like coffee shops and grocery stores to open up shop across the Anacostia River.
“A lot of folks running for office make promises to residents there, so I think that there’s some reservations for people getting excited about candidates,” White says.
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