The filing deadline for the District’s September primary has passed, and the Board of Elections and Ethics has released the final candidate list. You can download the entire list as a PDF from the DC BOEE web site. For the Mayoral race, both Vincent Gray and incumbent Adrian Fenty submitted their petitions back in June. Leo Alexander and Sulaimon Brown also had their petitions in before the deadline, rounding out the first and second tiers. Assorted others, including White House party crasher Carlos Allen turned in enough signatures to appear on the September ballot. In total, there will be seven Democratic candidates for Mayor: Adrian Fenty, Vincent Gray, Leo Alexander, Sulaimon Brown, Carlos Allen, Michael Green, and Ernest Johnson.
There aren’t any big surprises here. For Chairman of the Council, four Democratic candidates turned in their petitions before the deadline. Kwame Brown, Vincent Orange, Dorothy Douglas, and Calvin Gurley. For the At-Large Council seat there are also four candidates including incumbent Phil Mendelson, Clark Ray, Will Ross and another Michael Brown. Not to be confused with Michael A. Brown, a current At-Large member of the Council. No, this is Michael D. Brown, the Democratic Shadow Senator for the District.
Ward 1 candidates include incumbent Jim Graham, Bryan Weaver and Jeff Smith. In Ward 3, Mary Cheh is unopposed. The Ward 5 race has five candidates, incumbent Harry Thomas, Jr., Kathy Henderson, Delano Hunter, Kenyan McDuffie, Tracey Turner. Sadly for Ward 5, George “Action” Jackson did not file his petition before the deadline. In Ward 6 we have incumbent Tommy Wells, Kelvin Robinson and Randy Brown.
DC Delegate Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton will face one challenger, Douglass Sloan. For the shadow Representative slot, incumbent Mike Panetta will face Nate Bennett-Fleming.
The Republican side of the primary is about as sad as expected. There were no petitions filed for Mayor, Council Chair or At-Large Councilmember. Marc Morgan will run unopposed for Ward 1 Councilmember, Dave Hedgepeth for Ward 3, Timothy Day for Ward 5, and Jim DeMartino for Ward 6. For DC Delegate to the House, there’s Marjorie Reilly Smith and for shadow Representative Nelson Rimensnyder.
As expected, the primary will be the de-facto election with the Democratic nominee likely sailing to victory. There’s always the possibility of a write-in campaign, perhaps lead by Don Peebles or some such, but most likely this it. Races to watch are Mayor, Council Chair and Ward 5 Councilmember. The Ward 1 and 6 races have the potential to get interesting, but we’ll see.