Incumbent Jim Graham has another challenger in the 2014 Ward 1 Council race: Bryan Weaver, who announced his candidacy on Tuesday, March 26. In addition to Graham, Weaver is up against Brianne Nadeau, who announced her candidacy for the position back in December.
The three will face off in the Democratic Primary next year (probably April 1).
Weaver, a self-proclaimed activist who has been a Ward 1 resident for more than 20 years, says the city needs more authentic leadership.
“Our leadership must live up to what our city’s residents deserve” Weaver said in his announcement.
According to The Washington Post, this is Weaver’s second attempt at the Ward 1 seat and his third run for D.C. Council, overall. Weaver was a candidate in the April 2011 special election to fill an At-Large Council seat, finishing fourth behind Vincent Orange, Patrick Mara and Sekou Biddle; Weaver ran well locally, carrying several precincts.
Both Nadeau and Weaver announced their candidacies at a time when current Ward 1 Councilmember Graham is being questioned in the media for unethical behavior in relation to a development deal during his time spent on the Metro Board of Directors.
The Washington Post also reports that Nadeau has already raised more than $37,000 for her campaign.
Check out a detailed map of Ward 1 from the DC Board of Elections and Ethics. Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 1B, which includes the U Street corridor, as well as ANC 1C/Adams Morgan, are in Ward 1.