And They're Off!
The 2008 D.C. Election season officially kicked off Friday when the Board of Elections and Ethics made nominating petitions available for pickup. The D.C. Wire is keeping track of those who get petitions.
(Unless noted, assume the person is a Democrat.)
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton is up for a 10th term.
Council member Kwame R. Brown (D-At Large) said he was the second person in line Friday and wants a second term in office. Clarence Cherry, the John Burroughs Elementary School PTA president who managed to get his school taken off the list of closures, may challenge Brown. Meanwhile David Schwartzman is looking to represent the Statehood Green party.
As expected in Ward 2, incumbent Jack Evans, with 17 years under his belt, could face off with lawyer and savior of local parks Cary Silverman.
Muriel Bowser, with 12 months under her belt, could compete with Paul E. Montague. If his name sounds familiar, he was the first Advisory Neighborhood commissioner to be recalled. The brouhaha was in 2004. Montague is also known for tape recording ANC meetings. Third potential candidate Baruti Jahi did not pick up petitions.
In Ward 7, incumbent Yvette M. Alexander, sworn in last May with Bowser, is alone though rumor has it that she could face at least one challenger.
Mayor-for-life Marion Barry, representing Ward 8 as a council member, could get competition from Sandra Seegars, Chanda McMahan, Darrell Gaston and Howard Brown. But we speak too soon, Barry says he does not know if he will run. (We'll wink on that.)
In the shadows, shadow Sen. Paul Strauss, who failed in his bid for the Ward 3 council seat in 2006, is looking to stay on the Hill. But Eugene Kinlow, Robert Brannum and Republican Nelson Rimensnyder picked up petitions for the seat.
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