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LL came away from new At-Large D.C. Council candidate Robert White‘s campaign launch Saturday with two things on his mind. The first is that, by the time the campaign season is done, LL is going to know every word of Ryan Lewis and Macklemore‘s “Can’t Hold Us.” The second is that White, a former aide to Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, has built up a decent campaign war chest.

White’s rally in front of a Brightwood barber shop included a DJ, sound system, and copious signs. At one point, White’s father told the crowd the T-shirts stacked on tables cost money, only to be corrected by his son—-the T-shirts were free.

A campaign worker pulled LL aside and told him that there were 102 people there (very specific!); LL pegged it at about half that. Either way, they were turned out for what White called the start of a fight “to secure the future of the District of Columbia.” Among the people who should be interested in that fight, according to White: people who can’t afford to live in the District, senior citizens trying to hang on to their homes, and young parents scared to send their children to public schools.

“This is not politics,” White said, surrounded by evidence to the contrary. “This is personal.”

Photo by Will Sommer