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At-Large: Schwartz on the Trail

D.C. Council Member Carol Schwartz (R-At Large) had plenty to ask of voters today.

She needed more than a checkmark or a single computer-screen touch. She was asking them to write or type her name, the result of a primary election loss that didn't deter the feisty candidate.

"A lot of people don't know about this, since I'm not on the ballot," Schwartz said, as she zipped across the city, from ward-to-ward, asking more of folks than she's ever asked before.

"Please vote for me" turned into "Please write me in," she asked again and again today.
Many voters, her longtime supporters, knew about the write-in campaign and waved off pencils and fliers.

"Yeah, I'm going to vote for her. I like how she's helped teachers," one voter said on her way to a polling place along Connecticut Avenue, at the Edmund Burke School, where 1,800 voters had cast ballots by noontime. That's the total number of voters who came to the polling place at the last election, said one of the polling officials there.

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"She's got a lot of support and I think she's a good lady," said Michael Jones, 72, one of Schwartz's volunteers who wore a yellow Schwartz campaign shirt and asked voters to write her in. He said most people at his polling place were supporting her.
Schwartz was trying to be upbeat about the uphill battle she is facing today.

"Win or lose, I will not regret doing the write-in campaign," she said. "Nor will I regret giving workers a chance to get some sick leave, which may be what did me in."
Members of the business community, upset with Schwartz for her support of legislation requiring they offer sick leave to workers, helped finance Republican Patrick Mara's defeat of Schwartz in the September primary.

"There will be no regrets here," she said, before getting back into a car, in the drizzle, to head to yet another polling place.

By Marcia Davis  |  November 4, 2008; 6:12 PM ET
Categories:  2008 District Election  
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