Vincent Orange of Washington,D.C., defeats challenger Sekou Biddle to take at-large council seat

10:36 PM, Apr 13, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (AP) - D.C. Councilmember Vincent Orange has beaten challenger Sekou (SAY-koo) Biddle in the Democratic primary for Orange's at-large seat.

The final vote count was Orange, 23,719, Biddle, 21,973.

Biddle congratulated his rival in a statement Friday afternoon:

Congratulations to Councilmember Orange on winning this very close race. While the votes did not go in our favor today, it is clear from today's results that the majority of residents of the District want and expect more of their leaders than they are getting right now. I promise to continue to serve the residents of the District and to hold our elected officials to a higher standard than they have been able to achieve recently."

Orange was the only incumbent councilmember who faced a tough challenge in the primary. He recently acknowledged receiving suspicious money-order contributions linked to Jeffrey Thompson, an accountant and government contractor whose home and office were searched last month by federal authorities.

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