by April 24, 2013 at 7:25 am 0

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News from DC’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

How did your precinct vote for Council? Results from 15 precincts in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area are below.

Councilmember Anita Bonds held on to her At-Large DC Council seat in yesterday’s special election, defeating second-place finisher Elissa Silverman by 4.64%. With absentee and provisional ballots yet to be counted, Bonds has 16,054 votes (32.19%) to Silverman’s 13,740 votes (27.55%). Both are Democrats.

Republican Patrick Mara finished third with 11,367 votes (22.79%) while Democrat Matthew Frumin picked up 5,694 votes (11.42%). Paul Zuckerberg (Democrat) and Perry Redd (Statehood Green) each picked up just under 2% of the vote.

Referendum 8: Budget Autonomy

Voters will also approved Referendum 8, which amends DC’s Home Rule Charter to give the city final authority over its own budget — the measure racked up almost 85% in favor, citywide. At present Congress must approve all DC budgets. The Washington Post explains what will probably  happen next with Congress and the president.

Ward Breakdown

Bonds won by carrying Wards 4, 5, 7 and 8 — getting majorities in 5, 7 and 8. Silverman carried Wards 1 (including U Street area) and 6 while Mara won Wards 2 (including Dupont-Logan) and 3.

Turnout yesterday was lower than normal for DC special elections at just under 10%. Bonds will have to run again in 2014 in the Democratic Primary if she wants to hold her seat. She was appointed to the seat until the special election could be held.

The At-Large seat became open when Phil Mendelson won a special election in November as Chairman of the DC Council; the chairmanship spot opened up when Kwame Brown resigned.

Dupont-Logan-U Street: Silverman vs. Mara

In the Dupont-Logan-U Street area, Silverman won 12 of 15 precincts while Mara carried three precincts. Mara finished second in 10 of the 12 precincts won by Silverman and Bonds finished second in the other two precincts. Silverman finished second in the three precincts Mara won

Results for these 15 precincts below; all numbers are from the DC Board of Elections and Ethics. Final numbers will not be available for several weeks, after all absentee and provisional ballots have been counted.

April 23 DC Council At-Large Race Results

Addresses for each precinct are listed below the table.

Precinct  / Ward Anita Bonds Michael A. Brown (withdrew) Matthew Frumin Patrick Mara Perry
Elissa Silverman Paul
4 / W2 9%  1% 11%  51%  2% 24% 2%
13 / W2 6% <1% 13% 39%  1% 37% 3%
14 / W2 6% <1% 9% 36%  1% 44% 3%
15 / W2  11% 0% 10% 29%  2% 43% 3%
16 / W2  11%  1%  8% 32% 2% 46% 1%
17 / W2  14% 1% 9% 34% 2% 36% 3%
18 / W6 27% 4% 8% 15% 2% 37% 4%
21 / W6  30% 1% 6% 16%  3% 40% 0%
22 / W1 13% 1%  7% 31%  1% 45% 2%
23 / W1  17%  1% 4% 21% 5% 48% 2%
24 / W1 13% <1% 8% 20%  1% 51% 5%
25 / W1  8%  0% 11% 34% 3% 41% 3%
129 / W2 10% 9% 9% 38% 1% 38% 3%
137 / W1  23%  0%  8% 24% 6% 36% 3%
141 / W2  10% <1%  9%  21% 2% 49% 2%


Borderstan-Area Precincts with Addresses

  • 4 – West End Public Library, 1101 24th Street NW (Ward 2)
  • 13 -Our Lady of the Americas Auditorium, 2200 California Street NW (Ward 2)
  • 14 – St. Thomas Episcopal Church Parish Guild Room, 1772 Church Street NW (Ward 2)
  • 15 – Foundry United Methodist Church Community Room Lower Level, 1500 16th Street NW (Ward 2)
  • 16 – Fifteenth Street Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall (lower level), 1701 15th Street NW (Ward 2)
  • 17 – Metropolitan AME Church Douglas Hall, 1518 M Street NW (Ward 2)
  • 18 – Kennedy Recreation Center Gymnasium, 1407 7th Street NW (Ward 6)
  • 21 – Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Community Library Large Meeting Room, 1630 7th Street NW (Ward 6)
  • 22 – Garnet-Patterson Jr. High School Auditorium, 2001 10th Street NW (Ward 1)
  • 23 – Rita Bright Community Center Gymnasium, 2500 14th Street NW (Ward 1)
  • 24 – Marie Reed Learning Center Living Room, 2200 Champlain Street NW (Ward 1)
  • 25 – Goodwill Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 1862 Kalorama Road NW (Ward 1)
  • 129 – Martin Luther King Library, 901 G Street NW (Ward 2)
  • 137 – Garrison Elementary School Multi-Purpose Room, 1200 S Street NW (Ward 1)
  • 141 – Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center North Lobby, 2000 14th Street NW (Ward 2)

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by April 16, 2013 at 10:23 am 0


At-Large DC Council candidates, from left: Matt Frumin, Perry Redd, Elissa Silverman, Patrick Mara, Paul Zuckerberg. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From David McAuley. Email him at david[AT]

More than 150 people watched the five of the candidates in the April 23 special election for a DC Council seat take part in the Loose Lips At-Large Candidates Debate at the Black Cat, yesterday evening. The April 15 debate was sponsored by Washington City Paper. Attending candidates were: Democrats Matthew Frumin, Elissa Silverman and Paul Zuckerberg; Republican Pat Mara; and DC Statehood Green Party candidate Perry Redd. Democrat Anita Bonds did not attend.

The event was moderated by City Paper Editor Mike Madden. The candidates were questioned by Tom Sherwood of NBC4, James Wright of the Washington Informer, and Alan “Loose Lips” Suderman of the City Paper.

Democratic Candidates Try to Isolate Mara?

The opening Q-and-A section from journalists gave an opportunity for the other candidates to isolate the lone Republican. Some efforts were more successful than others.

  • Suderman asked the candidates if they would post recent personal tax returns on their campaign web sites. All immediately said “yes” except for Mara. Mara said it would support disclosure of tax returns for all elected councilmembers.
  • But will you, a candidate, post your returns, Suderman pursued.
  • “I would consider it,” said Mara. This met with boos from the crowd.
  • Finally, Mara agreed to post his returns “if all the other candidates did the same”.
  • Sherwood noted that, nationally, Republican party opposes gay marriage and that a Michigan state Republican official had recently characterized homosexual lifestyles as “filthy”. How did Mara reconcile this to DC Republican’s support of gay marriage?
  • “This disgusts me greatly,” Mara said, before detailing the long history of support for gay marriage by both DC Republicans and Mara personally.
  • “I’m the only one who testified at the Wilson Building for gay marriage,” Mara said. “I lobbied conservative members of Congress.”
  • Mara then said it was unfair to tie him to the national GOP, just as it was unfair to tie other candidates to the current Democratic corruption in DC government.
  • The other candidates, except for Paul Zuckerberg, said the national Republican party’s position was “relevant”.
  • “I don’t think Pat should be dinged for what some yahoo said,” Zuckerberg said.
  • During the later audience Q-and-A period, Mara stood alone as the only candidate not endorsing mandatory sick days for restaurant workers whose income depended primarily on tips. Mara said this measure would “discourage small business in DC”.
  • In his concluding remarks, Mara characterized himself as a “very moderate Republican”.
  • “I’m never ever ever going to be a true member of the Wilson Building club,” he said.

Ugly Moments on the Racial Politics of DC

Wright asked the candidates what they would do for “people who feel that Washington is not for them anymore.”

  • Answering second, Redd began: “What you posit here is a factual thing.”
  • He then began to talk about “new residents”.
  • Tom Sherwood interrupted to ask him if meant white people.
  • Redd avoided a direct answer to the question.
  • Then he said, “Check your conscience.”
  • At this point, Redd then began to inaccurately cite the poem by Martin Niemoller that begins, “First they came for the communists, but I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist”.
  • Redd said, “When they came for the Jews …”
  • Members of the audience began to boo Redd.
  • “Are you booing me?” Redd asked in angry disbelief.
  • Tweets sent at this point indicate some spectators thought Redd was comparing DC gentrification to Nazi Germany.

I don’t think this comparison was his intention. I think he meant to say that, if you are well-off today but don’t help the less-well-off, then one day when you are no longer well-off, no one will help you. Perhaps some of the audience, having progressed past their first beer by this point, were not prepared for this level of nuance.

However, Redd never had the chance to finish his quotation or explain his meaning completely.

Tom Sherwood began the next question by observing the proportion of DC’s population that is African-American has declined from 70 percent to 50 percent.

  • “It’s called ethnic cleansing!” a woman shouted from the crowd.
  • “I can’t hear that,” Sherwood said.
  • “Ethnic cleansing!” the woman shouted louder.
  • Sherwood went on to note recent remarks by Anita Bonds on WAMU. She said: “People want to have their leadership reflect who they are. The majority of the District of Columbia is African American. … There is a natural tendency to want your own.”
  • Sherwood asked the candidates what they thought of this remark.
  • Answering third, Redd said, “It is a fact that many African-Americans have that belief … We want to be respected. When whites are in control, they don’t respect the most wronged.”

All Candidates to be Full-Time Councilmembers

All candidates supported the abolition of “pay to play culture” in DC politics and said they would have no outside employment during their terms as councilmembers. Perry Redd went further, saying he would only serve one term and he would employ an “open source software solution” so every telephone call and every meeting he attended could be monitored by the public.

Still Anybody’s Race

A poll reported yesterday that Anita Bonds has the lead among voters with a land line responding voluntarily to an automated survey. However, 43 percent of respondents said they had yet to make up their minds.

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