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Ward 4 Showdown

The 2008 District Election debate season appeared to kick off with last night's forum hosted by the Ward 4 Democrats. Council member Muriel Bowser is being challenged by Baruti Jahi, a former president of the Shepherd Park Citizens Association, and Paul E. Montague, the former ANC Commissioner who was recalled in 2004.

Washington Post columnist Colbert I. King served as moderator, throwing out questions about everything from the ward's recent spike in burglaries to school closings.

With nearly every answer, Jahi tried to focus on the idea that Bowser, picked by Fenty as his success for the council seat last year, lacks autonomy from the mayor.

Jahi said Bowser did not stand up for Clark Elementary, a school that will be closed despite its rising test scores.

Bowser said she was tired of hearing the argument that she heard last year. "None of that has proven true," she said of voting with Fenty.

As for the school closings, some schools had to close, she said. "We can't always tell the people what they want. Somebody has to have a backbone and stand up and tell the truth even when it's not popular."

By Nikita R Stewart  |  May 8, 2008; 3:56 PM ET
Categories:  2008 District Election  
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So Muriel Bowser and I quote wpost"


"Bowser said she was tired of hearing the argument that she heard last year. "None of that has proven true," she said of voting with Fenty.

As for the school closings, some schools had to close, she said. "We can't always tell the people what they want. Somebody has to have a backbone and stand up and tell the truth even when it's not popular."
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>.

Well didn't she just spout the Fenty message and didn't she vote for Fenty's plan to shut the school? didn't she just
say someone has to tell the people things they don't want to hear, like your neighborhood school is closing and I, Muriel Bowser agree with the closing.
Bowser agrees with closing the school in her own district.

Help me understand what representative government is anymore?

It is absolutely not what Bowser is doing.

Bowser is voting with the mayor and not for her constitutuency. Her comments are a bit much: she talks like 'tough love" or is it 'tough luck' voters?


geeez


Posted by: JohnAdams1 | May 8, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Regardless of the snappy answers that Muriel Bowser gives at forums, the bottom line is she had done nothing for Ward 4 residents. Yes, she swings around to ANC and tenant association meetings with her newsletter that focuses on bills that the Council has recently passed. But in terms of providing services directly to Ward 4 residents, she horrible! Don't go for the Black Barbie doll routine. We have more reduction of services under her watch and anyone who lives in Ward 4 knows it. Besides campaignining, supporting a chancellor who gets paid to destroy our public school system; undermining our free enterprise system for street vendors and taxicab drivers; allowing discrimination to continue against Black males in our ward and across the city; allowing more 4,000 unsolved murders to remain an accepted norm; allowing more and more apartments to be converted into high-priced condos, accepting a reduction of services for street and alley cleaning and trash removal - what has she done?
Muriel thought she was going to be the puppet of Mayor Fenty until she found out he was not the puppeteer! So now that she is on her own, Muriel realizes that this is more than a song and dance. It's obvious she can't deliver and no matter how much the Post tries to make her seem effective - people in Ward 4 know better. It's time for Muriel to go!

Posted by: Imtiaz and Said's mother | May 9, 2008 5:04 AM | Report abuse

If Ward 4 can produce a candidate that is solidly connected with the residents with a pulse on what is most important to them. They will handily defeat Bowser. However, fringe candidates hardly ever defeat incumbents. The ANC's and civic associations need to recruit a viable candidate. One who doesn't double speak to them or speak down to them.

Posted by: Ward4Advice | May 17, 2008 8:42 AM | Report abuse

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