Newcomer Grosso Wins At-Large Council Race

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A new At-large independent challenger in D.C. politics, David Grosso has become the newest member of the District’s council, beating incumbent member, Michael A. Brown’s seat while Democrat Vincent Orange held on to his position.

Brown’s campaign and personal finances have come under fire in recent months, couldn’t hold on after challenger David Grosso’s heavy campaigning. This past June Brown came under fire when he discovered that more than $100,000 had gone missing from his campaign account. He fired his treasurer and reported the case to D.C. police.

Grosso, a former council staffer, used Brown’s scandal to demand more transparency from the Campaign Finance Office and campaigned on the message of ethics and budget reform. Grosso led Brown by 18,000 votes — 68,362 to 50,335. While Democrats lead the council, D.C.’s charter requires at least two of the four at-large council seats go to a minority party. Grosso and Brown are independents.

Brown’s loss means the economic development committee will have yet another chairman come January, its fourth in four years. Additionally, Phil Mendelson’s victory now means that another At-large council seat will be the subject of a 2013 special election, which Michael Brown — and countless other Democrats, including current council members — may vie for.

In other District races:

Ward 2 Councilman Jack Evans (D), now in his 21st year on the body, won another term- unopposed. He is rumored to be a possible mayoral candidate in 2014.

Ward 4 Councilwoman Muriel Bowser (D), also running unopposed, secured her second full term representing Ward 4. Bowser is another potential candidate for mayor in two years.

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District’s non-voting representative in Congress, will return to her post for another two years, casting aside opponents from the Libertarian and Statehood Green parties.

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