Kevin B. Chavous Tagged a “Democrat Worth Watching” in Washington Times
By Deborah Simmons - The Washington Times
Sunday, February 26, 2012
This weekend, at the Ward 7 Democrats’ candidates’ forum, I turned to fellow panelist Sam Ford of WJLA-Channel 7 and whispered, “When did we start depending on the government to get us out of every fix.”
And later, as News Channel 8’s Bruce DePuyt, the other panelist, and I chatted, it seemed to be one of many tough questions every resident should ask candidates as the junkyard-dog-like economy bites the behinds of people of color.
True to form, the candidates sang and danced like Rockettes, two-stepping to “I’ll make sure you get your fair share, sister” and “Ill make sure the government can spare a dime, brother” in their appeals to the young, the old and the in-between packed inside a hall at Antioch Baptist Church.
Democrats worth watching: There are true education reformers making a name for themselves this election season, and one of them is Kevin B. Chavous, son of the former Ward 7 council member, who is running for his dad’s old seat. Another is Kenyan McDuffie, also a Democratic upstart, who is trying to stand out from a pack of more than a dozen Donkey Kongs in the Ward 5 race.
Both young men, who have their feet firmly planted in the school-choice camp, soon will have to join the final leg of a foot race, where Fenty supporters, independents, Republicans and D.C. newcomers are anxiously awaiting with a baton to hand off.
Deborah Simmons can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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