Early Morning Campaigning
The line in Precinct 7 in Ward 5 was snaking around the corner and down the block by 7:15 a.m. And by 8:45 a.m, nearly 300 residents had voted at Slowe Elementary School, said precinct captain T.W. Anderson.
Anderson said she wasn't going to make any predictions about what the turnout was going to be, but she noted the most they'd ever had at the precinct was about 1,500 voters. "The traffic is already heavier than anything I've ever seen," she said.
As voters waited, they got to be on the frontline of the at-large council wars. Workers for several candidates for the at-large seats were lobbying for attention and votes.
As one worker posted signs for Green Party candidate David Schwartzman, a few feet away another worker, this one for Republican Carol Schwartz, walked the line shaking hands of voters and distributing information about how to write in her name. Schwartz was defeated in the GOP primary by newcomer Patrick Mara. She was making a show of force at the precinct, where workers in yellow and black T-shirts also lined the sidewalk with signs.
But within minutes of the arrival of Schwartz workers, a Michael Brown worker was also distributing fliers. The Democrat-turned-Independent is making his third bid for office and this time around has the support of several council members, including Chairman Vincent C. Gray.
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