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Motley fails to get on ballot for council race

Tim Craig

The Rev. Anthony J. Motley has abandoned his campaign as an independent candidate for an at-large seat on the D.C. Council after he failed to collect the required 3,000 signatures needed to get on the ballot.

Motley, who was hoping to unseat council member David A. Catania (I-At Large) in the general election, said in a statement that the Board of Elections and Ethics notified him Monday that he did not meet the requirements to appear on the ballot.

"Motley wants his supporters to know he appreciates their support efforts and all of their support," the statement said.

When he entered the race earlier this year, Motley, a former Democrat, was widely viewed as the candidate that D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) would support to try to oust Catania. Over the past year, Barry and Catania have had a toxic relationship stemming from Barry's use of council earmarks and his opposition to Catania's same-sex marriage law.

Motley said the council investigation into Barry's use of earmarks undercut his effort to get on the ballot. As part of a council investigation, attorney Robert S. Bennett accused Motely of helping Barry steer city money to organizations that had ties to the former mayor. Motley, who was forced to step down as president of the JOBS Coalition because of the controversy, noted that the D.C. Office of Campaign Finance and the D.C. Auditor later cleared him of wrongdoing.

With Motley out of the race, Catania will probably face only token opposition as he competes for the council seat reserved for a member of a minority party.

--Tim Craig

By Tim Craig  |  September 2, 2010; 12:38 PM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election , Marion Barry  
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Rev. Motley you need to get your facts straight in a hurry.

Posted by: Sunni11 | September 2, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

I will not be voting for David Catania. He's one nasty mean little person and he should attend a charm school to learn manners and how not to talk down to people.

Posted by: Ward4DC | September 2, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Reverend Motley has been forthcoming and truthful about the events mentioned in this article. He has a long history of community involvement and caring for others and continues to do so. I hope to see him on a ballot in the future.

Posted by: mjvdc | September 2, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

An independent candidate running for a District-wide seat, such as Motley running for Council At-Large, needs 3000 signatures, not 2000 as reported above.

2000 is the requirement for a Democrat to get on primary ballot.

Here the BOEE site with the criteria.

Posted by: bob74 | September 3, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

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