-Via The Washington Informer
Ron Moten, former head of the nonprofit Peaceaholics, will now toss his hat into the Ward 7 race as a Republican.
During a phone interview Friday with The Washington Informer, Moten, 41, said switching his registration from the Democratic Party to the GOP, “might not be the most popular thing to do, but it is the right thing to do.”
Moten formally announced the switch-over on Oct. 22 during a campaign kick-off at Woodlawn Cemetery. He said he chose the cemetery — located on Benning Road, and which is in a state of disrepair — because of its historical relevance as well as to bring attention to dilapidated conditions in Ward 7.
“The cemetery is a symbol of what’s going on in Ward 7 and it’s an historic landmark,” Moten said. “Blanche Bruce, the first African- American senator to serve a full term, and the only African American whose signature is on U.S. currency, is buried there.” Moten added that at least seven people for whom District of Columbia Public Schools are named, are also interred at Woodlawn.
Moten: “A lot of people know we are spending more than $3 million on the new Homeland Security headquarters in Southeast, but few know that no one from Barry Farms is getting jobs on the project.”