The Logan Circle Community Association (LCCA) and the Ward 2 Democrats are hosting a Mayoral straw poll Wednesday, July 21, at the Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW. All of the candidates who filed papers to run have been invited, including Mayor Adrian Fenty and Council Chair Vincent Gray. Doors open at 7 pm.
(Check out Friday’s story in The Washington Post about the mayoral race: “In D.C. mayoral debate, accusations trump issues,” which reviews yesterdays’ radio debate on WPFW with host Jonetta Rose Barras and guest panelists.)
The parties hold their primaries on September 14–Democrats, Republicans and Statehood-Greens. While the general election is November 2, it is almost always (as in 95% of the time) an afterthought in heavily Democratic DC.
In other words, the Democratic Primary is the whole ballgame. The Dupont and Logan neighborhoods–and the western end of the U Street area–are in Ward 2.
According to the organizers, everyone is invited to attend–but only Ward 2 registered Democrats will be able to vote in the straw poll. Registration begins at 7 pm and guests will have the opportunity to talk to any candidates who are present at that time. Candidate presentations begin at 7:30 pm and voting will close by 9:15 pm (times subject to change if needed.)
Each candidate will be asked to speak on several topics. Following the presentation, registered Ward 2 Democrats will have the opportunity to vote.
For more information, contact Ward 2 Democrats President Pat Allen at 202-296-0720 or LCCA President Bob Maffin 202-301-2125.