By. LeMara Perry
Former D.C. Councilmember, Carol Schwartz, announced Monday that she will make her fifth bid for mayor in the November general election. A longtime Republican, Schwartz will run as an Independent against the two leading candidates, Democratic nominee Muriel Bowser and Independent David Catania.
In a two-page statement, Schwartz outlined her reasons for her political return, after a five-year hiatus, making note of the switch in her party affiliation.
“During this five-year break from political life—and many of you may remember, that break was not of my choosing—I have watched closely from the sidelines and have been concerned about what is happening in our city’s present and what its future will look like,” said Schwartz.
“When I switched last year, I had not decided to run for office. But now that I am running, I am glad that I did so earlier, because I can say to the Democrats who have supported me even when I was a Republican, and those who have wanted to support me, that at least now I am meeting you halfway,” she said.
Schwartz entered the D.C. political scene in 1974 as a member of the Board of Education representing Ward 3. Reelected for a second term, she unsuccessfully ran for board president. In 1985 and again in 2004 and 200, Schwartz was elected as an at-large member of the City Council.In between those two periods, she unsuccessfully ran for mayor in 1986, 1994, 1996 and 1998, being defeated by Marion Barry twice, and Anthony Williams.
Schwartz is set to pick up her ballot petition on Friday.