By C.N. Staff Writer
It’s election season again. The April 1st, 2014 primary is now officially underway (though we’ve had candidates announce already) with ballot a petition being available to suitors Friday November 8th, down at the DC Board of Elections and Ethics at Judiciary Square. Ballot petitions are required by all candidates running in the upcoming mayoral and city council races in the District to be part of the primary ballot.
The Democratic Party requires 2,000 party signatures for the mayoral race, and 250 member signatures for the Ward seats. The mayoral race is the most crowded with five announced candidates, Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser (D), Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans (D), Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells (D), city contractor Chris Carter, former State Department official Rita Jo Lewis (D) and Omari Musa, the Socialist Workers Party candidate. Other lesser-known candidates who picked up petitions include Christian Carter, Michael Green, Frank Sewell and Octavia Wells.
At-Large Councilmember Vincent Orange threw his hat into the ring Friday November 8th, the first day petitions became available. Orange who ran against former Mayor Adrian Fenty in 2006 had been speculated to run, but remained silent throughout most of this year. One of his ardent supporters, Gerri Adams-Simmons, picked up nominating petitions from the Board of Elections on his behalf, officially throwing him into the race.
There have been constant rumblings about the mayor running, but he has not officially announced. Still, another dark horse may enter into the race. Popular restaurant, Busboys and Poets owner, Andy Shallal has also been rumored to run. He has said in uncertain terms that if the mayor doesn’t run he will likely join the race.
Other surprises in this election season have popped up with former journalist Elissa Silverman dropping out of the Ward 6 race and U.S. Shadow Representative Nate Bennett-Fleming joining the At-Large race, notably, to run against current At-Large Councilmember Anita Bonds.
Petitions are due January 2nd and this is the season where candidates are either made or broken. As the primary date gets closer you will begin to see the candidates out more fighting for their places in the race. Sign and decide carefully.
Below is a list of the upcoming races:
Delegate to the US House of Representatives
Mayor of the District of Columbia
Chairman of the Council of the District of Columbia
At-Large Member of the Council of the District of Columbia
Ward 1, 3, 5 and 6 Members of the Council of the District of Columbia
United States (“Shadow”) Representative
United States (“Shadow”) Senator