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How the insiders selected Sekou Biddle as your Councilmember

On Thursday, January 6, 2011 the D.C. Democratic State Committee selected Sekou Biddle to serve as an at-Large member of the D.C. Council. This is how the process unfolded. Decide for yourself if this is a process that represents the people of the District of Columbia.

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  1. The setting was a meeting room at the DNC Headquarters, in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol power plant. The room was packed with DC Democratic State Committee members, as well as outside observers and supporters of various candidates. 74 members of the DC DSC would be selecting who would represent the entire District in an at-large seat on the D.C. Council.
  2. Councilmember Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) was the first Councilmember to arrive at the meeting.
  3. Reports surfaced that there would be no public release of who voted for who, this caused a bit of a stir among the press and observers.
  4. The candidates each gave a brief speech before the first ballot. The first round of voting produced votes for three candidates, Biddle, Orange and Stanley Mayes. Mayes, from Ward 1, would become the most popular man in the room. His 8 votes would determine who would win the nomination.
  5. Councilmembers in attendance were Chair Kwame Brown, Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) and Harry Thomas Jr., (D-Ward 5). Barry, Brown and Thomas were there to whip votes for Sekou Biddle.
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