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At-Large Contest: Mara Votes, Looks for Support

Patrick Mara, who upset Republican Carol Schwartz in the primary, waited patiently in line at his polling place at Bruce Monroe Elementary school in Northwest Washington around 7:15 a.m. He said that he knew that most voters were enthralled by the presidential contest and may not have focused on local races--and may not even read the entire ballot.

Still, Mara, who has received support from the business community, remained confident.

"I'm hoping that people who have supported me will vote all the way down the ticket," he said.

Corinne Fisher, 36, and her husband Richard Goodrow, 32, were waiting patiently in line to cast their ballot. Corinne cradled their 3-month-old daughter, Cecelia.

Fisher said that, indeed, she and her husband had mostly focused on the presidential race, but that they also tried to keep up with the local contests, a challenge, they admitted, with an infant daughter.

But Fisher said she had a long discussion with Dee Hunter, one of several candidates vying for an at-large seat on the council, at a Columbia Heights festival in the fall. Fisher was impressed that he had given her such undivided attention.

"That's good," she said.

Meanwhile her husband Richard Goodrow said he tried to discern what each of the candidates in the at-large race believe in, but he said he found their platforms lacking in distinction.

"It's been hard to follow the at-large race," Goodrow said. "I don't know what anyone stands for. They say "I'm for education" or something else that sounds standard."

Theola Labbé-DeBose

By Marcia Davis  |  November 4, 2008; 8:00 AM ET
Categories:  2008 District Election  
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