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Orange says he's in DC mayoral race to stay

Wednesday - 11/13/2013, 3:07pm  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- D.C. Councilmember Vincent Orange says he's in the mayoral race to stay.

Orange entered the race Friday in an unusual fashion, sending a supporter to pick up ballot petitions. He was out of the country and unavailable to comment at the time.

Orange told The Washington Post (http://tinyurl.com/lbs8hb4 ) Tuesday that he decided to run after a series of meetings with supporters. He says supporters will be gathering signatures to get his name on the ballot for the April 1 Democratic primary. He'll start raising money later.

Orange says he's not concerned about federal authorities investigating his 2011 campaign.

Orange says his platform includes a major minimum wage increase, more affordable housing and better job training. He says the city is "hoarding money" and should spend more on the less fortunate.

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Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com


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