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Mara Defeats Schwartz, Rest of D.C. Council Incumbents Sweep

The election results are in and with 134 of 143 precincts reporting, challenger Patrick Mara appears to have an insurmountable lead on long-time incumbent Carol Schwartz in the Republican primary. On the Democratic side, incumbents Kwame Brown (At Large), Jack Evans (Ward 2), Muriel Bowser (Ward 4), Yvette Alexander (Ward 7) and Marion Barry (Ward 8) appear to have comfortable leads in their re-election bids.

Mara, 32, a government relations consultant who waged an agressive campaign with the support of the business community, had 3,710 votes to Schwartz's 2,976 with just nine precincts yet to report. Mara will face several independent candidates, Democrat Brown and a Statehood Green candidate in the November general election, where voters will select two at-large members. Schwartz, one of the longest-serving council members, has said she will not wage a campaign as an independent write-in in November.

In other races, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) ran unopposed for the nomination, while shadow Sen. Paul Strauss (D) was comfortably ahead of activist Philip Pannell. Shadow Rep. Mike Panetta (D) ran unopposed.

Though Evans faced a spirited challenge from Cary Silverman, he won easily with 48 percent of the vote to Silverman's 34.

By David A Nakamura  |  September 9, 2008; 9:53 PM ET
Categories:  2008 District Election  
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What a wonderful day when the citizens of DC say no, at last, to the woman who singlehandedly blocked DC's smoking ban for so many years, endangering the public health of thousands of DC eaters and public accomodation workers.

Posted by: Josh | September 9, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Goodbye Carol | September 9, 2008 11:14 PM | Report abuse

The Post made no mention that Marion Barry recived the highest percentage for returning councilmembers.

Maybe it is because they did not endorse him. Ward 8 can't eat your paper and Marion serves his community.

Posted by: MB | September 10, 2008 12:08 AM | Report abuse

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The irony is that Schwartz was defeated not by proponents of the smoking ban but by the same people who opposed it.

Except this time, what really outraged them was that she pushed a bill guaranteeing sick leave to all employees.

Apparently, if you're a DC employer, they'll tolerate you getting lung cancer as long as you don't want to take any sick time for it.

Posted by: Meridian | September 10, 2008 8:50 AM | Report abuse

"MB," Marion Barry didn't get the highest percentage of the vote of any incumbent Councilmember. That honor goes to Kwame Brown, who beat Barry by more than 20%.

(Okay, Brown ran unopposed, which is a great way to run up the tallies. But still.)

Posted by: cminus | September 10, 2008 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Ding Dong! The Witch is dead. Which old Witch? The Wicked Witch! Ding Dong! The Wicked Witch is dead.

Wake up - sleepy head, rub your eyes, get out of bed. Wake up, the Wicked Witch is dead. She's gone where the goblins go, below - below - below.

Yo-ho, let's open up and sing and ring the bells out. Ding Dong' the merry-oh, sing it high, sing it low. Let them know the Wicked Witch is dead!

Good bye and good riddance Ms. Carol Schwartz !

Posted by: Dorothy | September 10, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Schwartz lost her race because of her disingenuous behavior on the dais urrounding many issues but what broke it all off was paid sick & safe –

She coward to the community based organizations - the same free loaders that look to government as an endowed foundation to support their causes - and would not listen to reason. Schwarz was told directly by many to let the two sides duke it out and not get involved. She refused to listen and took a side – as quiet as it is kept when Schwartz took a side the non-profit community walked away from negotiations and threatened the business community.

Where were all those do-gooders when Schwarz needed them? No where to be found, they left her high and dry and Schwartz paid dearly for it.

Posted by: Chapin | September 11, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Go Pat go!!!

Posted by: D.C. Proud to Be Republican | September 15, 2008 12:23 AM | Report abuse

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