Turnout Low in Ward 4
At the polling place at the C. Melvin Sharpe Health School, an elementary school in Ward 4, at 13th and Allison streets NW, there were campaign workers but few voters. Turnout was anemic. Voters trickled in every 15 minutes or so.
Incumbent Muriel Bowser, who was there, said: "I feel great. .... The feedback has been wonderful."
Asked if she thought she'd win, she said, "If the Ward 4 residents put me back. We've put in the work, certainly, on the council this year and a half. We've run an aggressive campaign. We've had thousands of voters who've pledged their support. "
She described turnout as "pretty good."
Phyllis Etheridge Young, 68, a retired executive with the U.S. Department of Transportation, said she voted for Bowser. She said she'd initially been skeptical of Bowser because Bower was part of the political in-crowd. But she has since changed her mind. She said of Bowser, "She has passed a testing period with me."
Young said she thinks Bowser deserves another term to see if she is "someone who can bring it on home."
"I want to see the results," she said. "I"m tracking her. I"m paying attention."
By Michael E. Ruane
David A Nakamura
September 9, 2008; 10:17 AM ET
Categories: 2008 District Election
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