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.
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