Vincent Orange, Andy Shallal announce candidacies for D.C. mayor

Vincent Orange also ran for mayor in 2006. Photo: ABC7

(WJLA) - Two more candidates jumped into the fray Friday to become the next mayor of Washington - a race that the incumbent still hasn't declared whether or not he'll seek reelection.

Vincent Orange, the at-large D.C. Councilmember, and Andy Shallal, the owner of Busboys & Poets, will both run for the city's highest office in 2014, according to reports.

Shallal, who owns the popular line of restaurants throughout the D.C. area, told WAMU's Kojo Nnamdi Friday that he would run for office. Meanwhile, the Washington Post reports that Orange, a Democrat, would mound his second run for mayor.

Orange attempted to gain the Democratic nomination in 2006, but eventually lost to Adrian Fenty. He and Shallal join an already crowded field, one that already includes councilmembers Tommy Wells, Muriel Bowser and Jack Evans.

The incumbent, Mayor Vincent Gray, has yet to announce whether or not he will seek a second term.