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The upcoming local election cycle looks very promising for an area law school that counts the late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall among its alumni. After easy wins in their respective Democratic primaries, Adrian Fenty, Isiah “Ike” Leggett, and Jack Johnson are considered favorites to win some of the highest posts in the area on Nov. 7, and all are products of Howard University School of Law. Ward 4 D.C. Councilman Fenty is a 1996 Howard law school graduate. He defeated 16-year D.C. Council veteran and current Chairwoman Linda Cropp in the Sept. 12th D.C. Democratic mayoral primary — garnering 57 percent of the vote. The 36-year-old Fenty is heavily favored to succeed current Mayor Anthony Williams to become the mayor of the overwhelmingly Democratic nation’s capital as well as the city’s youngest mayor. The native Washingtonian met his wife, Michelle, also a Howard Law alum, while he was a student at the school. Sixty-one-year-old Howard professor Leggett, class of 1974, is looking to become Montgomery County, Md.’s chief executive. He is running against Republican Chuck Floyd for the office being vacated by Douglas Duncan. Incumbent Johnson, class of 1975, defeated Rushern Baker III, also a Howard Law graduate, for the Democratic spot on the ballot for chief executive of Maryland’s Prince George’s County. Johnson will serve another term because he’s without an opponent in the general election.
Michael Martin can be contacted at [email protected].

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