I have generally tried to steer clear of covering elections that are not Ward 5/6 specific. But I had a few readers email me, and several others ask me, about the special election. I'm very concerned that people are not following the candidates. So, what follows is just sort of a link round-up that I originally put together for an email. It is in no way comprehensive, and should be treated as merely a springboard for further exploration. Read the the candidate sites, read the media endorsements, read the debate transcripts, make a choice. And please remember to vote tomorrow.
Essentially, this race is down to three candidates (the others polled way too low to possibly win). A recent poll put Anita Bonds at 19%, with Elissa Silverman and Patrick Mara tied at 13%. In a race with such low turnout, this could be anyone's game.
Please note that this poll was conducted April 10-11th on 1,621 registered voters (not likely voters). Also, 43% of voters said they were undecided.
Let's Choose DC has some good info on the candidates.
Read the transcripts from the Kojo Show's At-Large Candidate debate:
Among Bonds' endorsements: Vincent Orange, Jack Evans, Muriel Bowser, Yvette Alexander, Kenyan McDuffie, Marion Barry, and a couple of unions.
There was a bit of a scandal recently over some comments she made during the Kojo Nnamdi Show. "The majority of the District of Columbia is African American. . . . There is a natural tendency to want your own." Followed by repeatedly reminding listeners that she is African American.
She also just sounded incoherent when discussing transportation during the same show:
"Now, we're saying we're also going to start and have street cars, and now there are questions about where do the cars park. We already have the issue of where do the cars park when we have churches on Sunday. So we are becoming a very densely populated community, and I'm not sure that Washington DC, the streets of this nation's capital, the street of the District of Columbia, are really designed for these many modes of transportation which seem to be needed."
Among Mara's endorsements: the Washington Post, the Fraternal Order of Police, and the DC Chamber of Commerce.
Mara is the Republican in the race, and that could give him a solid base, but could also turn off many potential voters.
The Washington Post ran a story recently about how Patrick Mara may have violated the law with his fundraising efforts.
Apparently the Office of Campaign Finance is now investigating.
The Washington City Paper endorsed Elissa Silverman.
Greater Greater Washington endorsed Elissa Silverman
Among Silverman's endorsements: Councilmember David Grosso, a local union, and former Ward 6 Councilmember Sharon Ambrose.
The Washington Post ran a story in which another candidate, Mark Frumin, claimed that Silverman agreed to support him in a future race to defeat Mary Cheh if he would drop out and support Silverman now.
But, then the Post ran another story that included the emails from Silverman to Frumin, and they don't say anything close to what Frumin claimed that they said. In fact, they sound totally innocent, and don't even hint at any sort of quid pro quo.
I hope people find the information about to be useful. In case you are curious, I plan to vote for Silverman tomorrow.