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Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 01/19/2011

Mara's in the race

By Martin Austermuhle

Patrick Mara, a Republican who tried to win a seat on the D.C. Council in 2008, is trying again -- he announced today that he is jumping into the race for the at-large seat once occupied by Council Chairman Kwame Brown and now held by interim council member Sekou Biddle.

Mara joins a crowded field of contenders for the April 26 election -- 15 have picked up nominating petitions so far -- but comes to the race with a special pedigree. In a 2008 Republican primary, he ousted incumbent council member Carol Schwartz, only to lose to Michael A. Brown in the general election. Just last November, Mara defeated incumbent Dotti Love Wade for the Ward 1 seat on the State Board of Education.

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Martin Austermuhle blogs at DCist. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

By Martin Austermuhle  | January 19, 2011; 10:06 AM ET
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, HotTopic, Local blog network, education, schools  
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