2014 Primary Election Results – Bowser, Bonds, Nadeau, Allen, McDuffie Win

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From the DC Board of Elections:

Of 369,037 total Registered Voters in the District – 83,040 or 22.50% voted:

MURIEL E. BOWSER 35,899 (votes) 44.24%
VINCENT C. GRAY 26,209 32.30%
TOMMY WELLS 10,181 12.55%

ANITA D. BONDS 36,426 (votes) 52.85%
JOHN F. SETTLES, II 9,332 13.54%

BRIANNE K. NADEAU 5,755 (votes) 58.68%
JIM GRAHAM 4,003 40.82%

KENYAN McDUFFIE 8,363 (votes) 78.77%
KATHY HENDERSON 1,549 14.59%

CHARLES ALLEN 7,140 (votes) 57.95%
DARREL THOMPSON 5,156 41.85%

You can see full results here. Congrats to the winners.

221 Comment

  • What a great night it was for DC. Congratulations to all the residents for a new regime-change and the great addition to the Redskins offense 🙂

  • Whelp, we’re boned.

    • But we SENT a MESSAGE! I told my broker to cash out my IRA and just manage my retirement account to SEND a MESSAGE — who cares about experience or earnings. I gotta go tweet that.

  • You have no idea how happy it makes me that Marion Barry has finally lost his “kingmaker” status, held for 3 decades.

    You know that Fenty is somewhere right now laughing his ass off too. Enjoy prison Vince. Say hello to Uncle Earl for me.

  • That turnout is just plain embarrassing.

    • Agreed, but it’s not like any of the citywide candidates were all that inspiring. Almost all of my votes were driven by negative feelings toward one candidate or another, as opposed to enthusiasm for any of them.

      • Keep in mind this was the primary. Many newer residents may not be registered democrats either. Turnout will be higher in the general.

        • Actually, turnout for the general is always way worse since in DC most of the fight is in the primary. Granted, this year may be an exception with Catania running as an Independent, but I would still expect the turnout to still be lower.

    • Easy there, bud. Not everyone is a registered Democrat. I know it’s the de facto election, and I know whom I would have vote for, but I’m not going to join a party I don’t really want to join just to vote in a primary. I’m registered without a party affiliation, so I have to wait until the general.

      • epric002

        me too; glad i’m not the only one.

      • Closed primary is bullshit. In such an important election for the city, I am frustrated by the fact that my vote (along with 17% of DC voters) didn’t count for anything.

        • Darling, your DC vote never counts for anything… In any election, especially presidential

        • You apparently decided that this election was not as important to you as maintaining your current party registration. That’s your priority and your choice. If you want you vote to “count” in a different way, given the realities and the structure of having a closed primary, you should seriously consider changing your priorities instead of complaining because the current system doesn’t fit them.

          • gotryit

            How about advocating for a change to the system? We don’t NEED to have closed primaries. I think it makes a lot more sense for DC to have open primaries. It just doesn’t benefit the Democratic party establishment, so I doubt things will change anytime soon.

          • Gotryit — I agree with you. The comment that I was responding to didn’t advocate using his/her political power for changing the system — s/he just complained that his/her vote “didn’t count”. If you want your vote “to count” there are a variety of ways to do this — including advocating for change.

          • Gotryit, I quite agree with you. I’m registered as an Independent — and I recognize the clear loss of power that often goes along with this choice. I see major limitations with the two party system, and wish that we could just put all the candidates on the ballot, have everybody rank order them, and move on from there. But the post that I was responding to didn’t write about using his or her vote to advocate for change. He/she simply complained about “bullshit” and frustration — without apparently recognizing that he or she could make other, perhaps less frustrating, choices.

          • Sorry for the double post. I’ve been having a lot of trouble with posts lately.

        • Do you know how easy it is to change parties in DC. It takes like five minutes at the polling place.

        • saf

          The primary is where a party chooses its nominee for the general election. Why should a party allow non-members to determine its direction?
          It shouldn’t.

    • I wonder if having the primary so early — in addition to many people having minimal enthusiasm for the slate — played a factor in this.

  • at least jim graham lost

    • Yep. And we’re already starting to hear the whining from the Graham folks (“It was the low turnout!” “It was the negative campaigning!” “He might have been dirty, but he was effective!”) See you, Jim. You won’t be missed, especially among the hundreds of service industry owners and workers whom you’ve bullied over the years.

    • gotryit

      +1 Even though I’m not in ward 1 anymore, I think that a general election between Nadeau and Weaver should be pretty interesting (in a good way). Especially if neither runs negative campaigns.

      • A Nadeau/Weaver race will be a true battle of ideas, finally. I think we all win when candidates with great ideas and great vision debate one another. Steel sharpens steel. And whoever wins can “steal” the loser’s best ideas, then we *all* win.

      • saf

        I lived in Ward 1 in the Frank Smith era. We had such hope for Jim Graham!
        Boy were we wrong.

    • We’re in the home stretch, only 9 months of Grahamstanding left!

    • Jim Graham served ward 1 well, and deserves to be remembered for his success. I think turnover in politics is good after X number of years, but still voted for him because he has been so good. I think Nadeau sounds like she’ll be good as well, and I wish her luck.

  • This is utterly embarrassing. How could people vote for Bowser. That is a serious question. I really want to know what people saw in her that caused them to go out and cast a vote for her name.

    • Maybe not so much what we saw in Bowser but what we saw in Vince Gray.

    • Because she wasn’t Gray, and Wells had no chance. You may be one the evident few who doesn’t care about impropriety, but most if us obviously did. I am tires if my city being the joke of the free world.

      I would rather have no mayor the to reward the “old guard” with another win.

      • Wells only had no chance because people who didn’t want Gray to win already thought Wells had no chance. If everyone who wanted to get rid of Gray but didn’t want to elect someone quite possibly even worse had voted for Wells, maybe he would have had a chance.
        And for the record, I did not vote for Gray OR Bowser as I think she is an embarrassment. I don’t live in Ward 4, but everything I hear from those who do is evidence she should not be mayor. Not only that, she can’t even give a coherent interview or name any legislative accomplishments during her time in the Council.

        • Hate to say this, but Wells had no chance because he’s white. Many in DC still vote based on colorlines.

          • i don’t think this theory is strong enough. wells only got 12.55%. the city is about 50% white.

          • I dunno, I know white people who have said they would never vote for a white mayor in DC, so the theory could be at least somewhat true.

          • A lot of the white people in DC are not even registered to vote here and only see themselves in DC for a short stop so don’t bother to get invested with local politics. So unless they start getting more involved, no way we will get a white mayor anytime soon.

          • Well, those white people you know are insufferables.

          • Anon,
            how many white people are registered to vote in DC?

        • I agree. All these people that thought any of the other candidates didn’t have a chance should have voted for the person they really wanted to see win. Every vote counts people. Why follow the herd because you didn’t want Gray to win?

        • If everyone who thought Wells had no chance that voted for Bowser had actually voted for Wells or Evans or whoever else they wanted – Bowser might not have won. Every vote counts!

    • Because she’s female. I know a number of educated, involved people (in other ways besides local politics) who didn’t really follow the election but read WaPo’s endorsement and followed it, saying how great it would be to have a female mayor.

      • That’s what I was afraid of.

      • Stupid WaPo!

      • Apparently the WaPo forgot the great job Sharon Pratt Kelly did! Oh right, she didn’t!
        I am a female and I am all for women politicians in high places, but ONLY if they can do the job right! I mean come on, lets just look at Michelle Bachman for an example of attempting to ruin politics for womanhood!
        I am not upset that Gray lost, but I am upset that Bowser won!

        • + 1 million

        • Agreed on Pratt Kelly

        • Besides the fact that they are both women, what do she and Sharon Pratt Kelly have in common? WaPo had a piece where they talked to some people who said they wouldn’t vote for Bowser because Sharon Pratt Kelly did such a poor job. I did not vote for Bowser, and I’m very unhappy that she won, but I don’t understand this line of reasoning.

          • This is an incredibly sexist argument – that a woman will do a bad job because a different woman did a bad job. No one says this about male candidates when a man in political office does a bad job.

        • Ummmm, did you vote for Vince Gray, or Tommy Wells, or Jack Evans based the great hires that Vince Gray made? I,e Sulimon Brown, and all of the kids of his friends, irregardless of their qualification

    • I think at least some people see Bowser as being the most ethical and the most pleasant of the bunch, as well as having the potential to represent and serve constituents throughout the entire city. Meaning that she’s less polarizing than the other candidates. She is also not Gray. With the WaPo endorsement, she also appealed to people who wanted a candidate who could win in the upcoming election. People on PoP wrote about gaming their vote in the primary so that Catania would eventually win. Others may have backed Bowser because they believe that she has a chance of beating Catania — thereby having a platform that is closest to the individual voter’s personal priorities.

  • Congrats DC! The mayoral and Ward 1 races show we have ethics after all!

  • Thank you Democratic primary voters for giving me one less candidate to consider voting for in the general election. Having Bowser on the ballot should make my choice easier.

    • Agreed, but hopefully we don’t get screwed. People actually need to go out and vote this time in order to avert the disaster that is Bowser.

  • it’s Catania time. Bowser sucks ass. She is a bad combination of incompetent, unresposive, and a pretty mean/bitchy person.

    • catania will get only about 20 % of the vote. at most

    • catania will get only about 20 % of the vote. at most. the decision has been made.

    • Wow mean AND bitchy…so she gets extra name calling for being a woman. I’m fine with the criticism, based on her resume I don’t think she’s qualified to be mayor. She also gives poor interviews. However I would invite everyone to lay off the gender based name calling.

      • I very much agree with this. Let’s avoid using gendered statements.

      • Agree also. I agreed with everything you said until I got to the “mean/bitchy” part. Would you have said that about a male candidate? I think she’s completely incompetent but calling her “bitchy” kind of takes away from the validity of your comment.

        • Actually, In the case of Catania, “mean/bitchy” would be an apt description, coming from anyone who has had to deal with him and doesn’t agree with him on an issue.

          • thats a whole other kind of bigotry…..

          • If you think that’s out of bigotry, you should google “David Catania 911 call” and listen to the recordings. Then decide if he isn’t being “mean/bitchy” to the 911 operator. And also decide if that’s the sort of person you’d want as your mayor.

          • That call was made in 2007. Have you ever called 911 in DC? If you have then you know exactly what he was talking about, especially 7yrs ago. It is better now but back then it was a nightmare. You would have the 911 operators challenging you on why you were calling. Had drug dealers dealing on my street would call 911, after the police told us to always call, and they would respond with “How you know they dealing drugs?” Catania’s complaint is what forced it to get better.

          • gotryit

            Anonymous 10:51 – I think you’re missing the point that the tendency to describe gay men as “bitchy” is a form of bigotry.
            Also, I had to listen to a 911 call that I made (replayed during trial) and it is kind of embarrassing. The focus (rightly) is on the emergency that is going on.

          • Catania’s shortcomings go well beyond that silly 911 transcript. Anyone who has ever dealt with him personally or even watched him in operation during council meetings or hearings knows how petty, vindictive and short-tempered he can be, which could VERY easily be construed as “bitchy,” without any regard to his sexual preferences. What’s far worse, is that I believe many people who claim they will support him are doing so on the basis of race, even though they know nothing of his political aspirations or motivations.

          • Catania sounds like DC’s version of Bloomberg. I’m fine with this.
            Bitches get stuff done.

    • Man, if you think Bowser is a mean person, you clearly have never spent time with Catania. He may be effective but he is seriously a total jerk to work with.

      • Who cares if he is a jerk. I’m not having him over for dinner. You prob loved Bush b/c you day dreamed about drinking a beer with him.

  • I don’t understand how Bowser became the Gray alternative. The WaPo endorsement? Her Fenty connection? It couldn’t have been her captivating interviews or ideas. I didn’t like Gray and his corruption as much as the next guy, but I don’t understand why Bowser was the alternative when there were better options. I hope she proves me wrong, but I am not confident.

    • gotryit

      Because many of the alternatives only appealed to a small segment of voters.
      Wells to progressives / urbanists, Shallal to extreme-progressives, Orange to liars and crooks…

      • And Bowser appealed to?

        • gotryit

          I’m not sure, since I’m not a fan. Maybe the lack of clear positions let people project on her what they want to see. That’s why politicians use meaningless platitudes. Then she comes off as the more mainstream candidates.

        • she appealed to middle class blacks who want someone who they can be proud of, in everything from ethics to diction – the natural 4th ward constituency. To whites who don’t think DC is ready for a white mayor, but want a black mayor who is as removed from old school Marion Barry type politics as possible (and who are either hostile to, or uninterested in, Wells style urbanism or Shallal style leftism). That gave her a solid base of support ahead of Wells, Evans and Shallal – which then snowballed.

          • Ding, ding. Right answer.
            She appealed directly to educated working class and middle class Af-Am’s. Ya know, taxpayers and home owners. You still don’t need the white vote to win in DC, since so many of us don’t vote or are not even registered due to being “transplants.” In a mid year primary on an off-year election it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that turn-out will be abysmal and that you can only rely on the die-hards.

          • To anon 10:09. Wow – I guess I didn’t realize that whites don’t own homes in DC, pay taxes or are educated. Also, how long do you have to live here to not be considered a “transplant?” I have friends that changed parties specifically to vote in this primary so please don’t generalize all white people as people who don’t care about the election.

        • She didn’t really have any appeal, but she was the lesser of X number of evils. Will see what happens with Catania

    • Race. None of the other (realistic) candidates really resembled many of DC’s older voters. I’m truly hoping that Shallal is able to raise his political profile in the next 3 years.

      • Race? er, Bowser won in Ward 3, Ward 2, Ward 1… I’m no fan of hers (I voted for Gray), but could it be she ran a much better campaign than Wells or Evans. Evans in particular should be embarrassed for his showing as a well financed and well known candidate.

      • because DC politics really needs more extreme liberalism? seriously?

        • Extremely liberalism? Okay guy…

          • Whether you think it’s good for the city or not, you have to admit that Andy Shallal is extremely liberal.

          • anon,
            on many many issues. but not on all. the label of conservative/ liberal really doesn’t get down to brass tacks.

          • Do you know anything about Shallal’s politics? After hearing him on Kojo I will definitely not be patronizing his restaurants much less voting for him.

        • You do know that there is an alternative to the “extreme liberalism” of DC a half mile across the river, right?
          I’ll never understand my conservative friends who live in DC and constantly bitch about it. You have a great option for lower taxes, “small government,” low crime/abusive police right next door! Why subject yourself to paying into a place you hate?

          • Va as a state may be conservative, but ArlCo and City of Alex are solidly progressive, in some ways more so than DC, and Fairfax is mostly run by moderate Dems.

          • Little known, but taxes are actually lower in DC than in VA if you make above the median wage and own a home (for most people).

  • Well, at least we know that Bowser is pro-development – property owners rejoice? There’s got to be some silver lining here? (At the same time, I feel really bad for all the lower-income folks – can’t imagine them getting much in terms of affordable housing, Bowser’s platitudes not withstanding.

    • Yeah except I imagine lower-income folks are the ones who overwhelmingly elected her so…

      • why do you say that?

        • I guess I don’t really have concrete evidence, but walking around the city most of the houses that had Bowser signs were clearly lower-income households and most of the houses that had Wells signs were clearly not. Gray seemed to be more of a mix.

          • epric002

            not in my neighborhood.

          • My perception is that lower-income homes had Gray signs and higher-income homes had a mix of Bowser, Wells and Evans.

          • You really need to look at the statistical charts. Bowser took the majority of votes in the wealthiest wards. So the theory that lower income voters supported her does not have any evidence to support it.

      • Based on the Ward results, I don’t think that is correct. Bowser won 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6. Gray won 5, 7, and 8.

        • I’m really ashamed of Ward 6. I thought at least we could pull together for Wells. He has done a good job in our ward and it is a shame to see that even his own ward voted for such an incompetent candidate over him.

          • i find that weird too.
            i thought he’s done a great job for 6

          • I think there’s a common misperception that Tommy Wells “made” ward 6. It would probably be a great ward with our without him. I think a lot of voters recognized that.

          • Resident of Ward 6 here – while I wanted Tommy Wells to win the election and would’ve liked to have voted for him, I knew that the race was coming down to Gray and Bowser, so I voted Bowser.

            In other news, I’m a huge fan of Charles Allen and can’t wait to see what he’s going to do.

          • ^ THIS is why Wells lost. Because everyone who would have liked him to be mayor already felt he was defeated from the start. Judging by the number of people who have said that thus far, it actually seems like if they had cast a vote for him he would have stood a chance. SMH.

      • Actually they are not, most of Bowsers support comes from the already wealthy areas of DC, or the gentrifying ones. The poorer neighborhoods of DC went towards Grey. I guess you fail at a basic understanding of DC.

    • How do you know she’s pro-development? What has she supported (asking purely out of curiosity)?

      • I should have been more careful in my wording: she is very much in favor of taking developers’ money. Given her nonexistent legislative record we can’t really know much with certainty, but she made a huge push to get two Walmarts in her ward. She has actively lauded inclusionary housing (which is great in theory, but the city has thus far failed to relocate most of the displaced families). Bowser is known to be a close ally/protege of Fenty, who raised much of Sursum Corda to develop NoMa.

        • Great, just what we need. A mayor who will lobby for more Walmarts. As a property owner, that is not something I would rejoice about.

        • You seem to be confusing inclusionary zoning, with the HopeVI/Choice programs. IZ says that when a private developer builds apartments (such as on a former parking lot) they must include some affordable units. No displacement. HopeVI is where old public housing projects are replaced by mixed income – and where in a some cases, DC has built the market rate units first, and has had major delays in providing housing for the displaced public housing residents.

          • You’re right – thanks for clarifying. I meant the HopeVI/Choice program, not IZ (which actually hasn’t panned out that well thus far for a number of reasons).

      • saf

        Georgia Ave Safeway.
        Pretty much anything Donatelli wants.

  • Well, at least we know that Bowser is pro-development – property owners rejoice? There’s got to be some silver lining here? At the same time, I feel really bad for all the lower-income folks – can’t imagine them getting much in terms of affordable housing, Bowser’s platitudes not withstanding.

  • the main takeaway as it applies to this blog is that the results of the PoPville poll vis-a-vis the election results show how out of touch readers are with what is really going on in DC

    • How can you seriously draw that conclusion? The poll reflected the views and priorities of PoPville denizens. I don’t think anyone ever claimed that it was indicative of DC at-large.

    • you need better skills at analysis.

    • Exactly, although I will say GGW is even a little more out of touch

    • gotryit

      Is it really news to you that the people that read / participate in this website are not representative of the city as a whole? It has nothing to do with “being in touch with”.

      • the polls results reflects where reader’s priorities are. the candidate who supported those priorities won a sliver of the overall vote. reader’s priorities are generally not alligned with the priorities of most of the city. that is called being out of touch

        • gotryit

          I disagree. I think that being out of touch would be if we thought we were representative of everyone in the city. Like, a politician is “out of touch with his / her consitituents” when they think everyone cares about X, but really they care about Y.
          Expressing a different opinion than the rest of the city just means that on average, we think differently. But I think that most people here recognize(d) that Wells wasn’t going to win.

          • No that’s what “delusional” means. If “out of touch” doesn’t mean that your priorities/beliefs/desires/opinions of what makes for a good, functioning society are divergent from the majority of the population then what meaning does the term have?

          • power of flight, if you’re “out of touch” it means you don’t know or you misunderstand. It’s not the same thing as having a different opinion. “out of step” or “out of line” are phrases that better express what you’re talking about.

          • “power of flight, if you’re “out of touch” it means you don’t know or you misunderstand. It’s not the same thing as having a different opinion.”

            Fair enough but I think that most of the difference of political opinion here comes from a lack of understanding of why most citizens disagree with them. Such as why most DC citizens aren’t interested in having a police state that terrorizes minorities for an increased perception of safety like NY an LA are known for.

            In fact plenty of people have some alien perception of crime completely, like they’re convinced that it’s unique to us and that everywhere else has figured out how to have a dense, inequitable population without it; that there’s something obvious and simple we simply aren’t doing to fix our problem.

          • gotryit

            I was objecting to “the results of the poll… show how out of touch”.
            Our comments at times reflect where we are out of touch we are on different issues, but that’s more individualized. It’s the people who think they’re never out of touch on anything that scare me more.

        • Following your genius logic, any minority view point is “out of touch.” It’s amazing marijuana is decriminalized and marriage equality exists considering a few short years ago the only supporters of those positions would have been labeled “out of touch” by you. Try again.

          What view point is growing rapidly in DC? Popville’s or Marion Barry’s? Which will have even more support in 2018? Such a silly statement…

          • that’s a good point about gay marriage. given the shift towards equality and acceptance, wouldn’t you now label candidates who oppose gay marriage (yes, a minority viewpoint) as out of touch? i would, and i think most would agree. and the election results show that the popville viewpoint isn’t growing as rapidly as we may think.

    • Dan will be mayor someday.

  • Yesssss!!! Woke up to learn that Jim Graham was voted out of office. Finished my cup of coffee. Did cartwheels down 18th Street.

  • Off topic.. but the guy in the picture plays a pretty mean trumpet. Does anybody know who he is? Does he play professionally somewhere?

  • Does “total registered voters” mean ALL people registered to vote in the district, or number of voters registered and affiliated as a political party that could vote yesterday?

    • the number of total registered voters reflect the number of voters that were eligible to vote in the Primary – these are the voters who were registered as Democratic, Republican, Libertarian or Statehood Green party affiliation.

  • jim_ed

    Ugh. I loathe the idea of Mayor Bowser, and most importantly I’m very concerned she will get rid of Kaya Henderson. It won’t take much to kill the inklings of positive momentum at DCPS, and a bad hire at the top could easily do just that. On the plus side, Ellerbee is certain to be fired, which is nice. Vote Catania.

  • The truth is that it doesn’t matter much who won, because all serious candidates were pretty close on the issues. The only reason I didn’t vote for Gray was because having a sitting mayor go through an indictment would have been a serious negative, but he is otherwise he was a pragmatic and dedicated leader. I didn’t vote for Bowser either but hopefully she will be as well.

  • People voted for Vince Gray in 2010 because he wasn’t Adrian Fenty. People voted for Muriel Bowser in 2014 because she isn’t Vince Gray. Great cycle DC.

  • Brianne Nadeau:
    If you win the general, the following 3 items should be your priority:
    More police in Columbia Heights
    More police in Columbia Heights
    More police in Columbia Heights
    Jim Graham could not provide this. We hope that you can.

    • Not that I am a fan of Graham but there isn’t much he can do. If you want the police in your neighborhood you need to and you need to get your neighbors to call 911. Had a cop tell me once that the way to get more police in your neighborhood is to call 911 on crimes. They staff areas based of the previous months calls. No calls and the assume no problem.

  • This was a tough call for me. I’ve seen Muriel as a mixed bag for us in Ward 4. She and her staff have been moderately responsive to issues the neighborhood has brought up, but almost wholly ineffective in solving them. While it’s nice to have your council rep tell you how much they care and they’re concerned, it’s not worth much if they can’t actually fix anything. As a result, I pulled the lever (well, pushed the button) for Gray. I couldn’t believe that I voted for someone that I really believe is corrupt – but corrupt and effective. My question is who do we wind up with in Ward 4 to represent us?

    • binpetworth

      I’m interested in this, too (who will represent Ward 4 if Bowser wins the general). My hope is that one of the better ANC commissioners in the ward will step up to the plate.

      • I only make it to the ANC meetings on occasion. Do you have any sense of who some of the better commissioners are?

        • binpetworth

          Former commissioner David Tumblin (who sometimes frequents this blog, hi David!) and his successor Vann-Di Galloway are good; also Zach Hartman. I live in 4C, so I’m less familiar with the other commissioners.

          • saf

            I like David a LOT more than I like Vann-Di. He was a lot more effective.
            I think he is also far too smart to run for council, and I believe he is a federal employee, which means he would have to quit his job to run.

      • Well I will tell you right now and up front if Vince Vaughn should run, you will be begging Bowser to come back. He is ANC for the 1300 block of Taylor, Shepard and Upshur and he is awful, just awful.

    • You will get a special election.

      If she wins, as she is a Ward Council Member (not an At-Large CM), then she resigns her council seat.

      The DCBOE then certifies the seat as vacant.

      And tada.. you get a special election (and we get to pay for it!)

  • I voted for Bowser, and it wasn’t because she’s black, or because she’s a woman. I genuinely thought she was the best choice in the field.

    I think Bowser’s smart, and she’s always seemed accessible to me. I emailed her once and she responded quickly and appeared to have actually listened to what I was saying. She was canvassing door to door and spent 15 minutes on my front stoop chatting with my wife, and really impressed her. She has a good grasp of the issues on Georgia Ave, and has a good grasp of the issues with school reform. She seems to understand the need to balance affordable housing with new development.

    I think Wells would have been a disaster, Gray is going to get indicted, and Evans is completely out of touch with people like me. I think it’s really strange that a number of people who were convinced that Gray beating Fenty would be the end of the city are now convinced that a victory for Fenty’s protégé will be the end of the city. I think she’ll do well. The city’s in good shape, and headed in the right direction. I think she’ll keep it that way.

    • “I think it’s really strange that a number of people who were convinced that Gray beating Fenty would be the end of the city are now convinced that a victory for Fenty’s protégé will be the end of the city.”

      Agreed. The vitriol in this thread is gross. Give her a chance.

    • It is funny you say Evans is out of touch with people like you. Yes he lives in Georgetown but it is a very modest house he brought a long time ago. Do you realize he raised three small kids as a single dad when his wife died. I bet he knows something about the price of a gallon of milk and about the school system. You think Bowser knows about this things? She is pretty dull and doesn’t have much of a life and hasn’t done much or had many experiences to even relate to.

      • Evans has a 7 bedroom house, and even in 1996, before he and his current wife renovated, a house in Georgetown would not be regarded as “modest” by most. His kids attend schools like Cathedral, and, at least according to Wikipedia’s sources, his annual salary is about $400,000. So, he might be a very nice man, who’s had some difficult challenges, and he might indeed know something about the price of a gallon of milk and about the school system. I have no idea what jcm might mean by “people like me” — but I think it’s more than fair for many to conclude that Evans might not have an empathy based on his own experience, for those who lack his many resources. Note that I said “fair” rather than “correct”.

        • It is absolutely ridiculous to declare that our leaders must come from whatever xyz class we associate with in order to govern well. I’m not one way or another with Jack Evans – but I’m disgusted – though not surprised, I do know it’s part of politics – with so many people being stupid and petty about leaders of any sort being “one of us.”

          I just want to hire (i.e. vote for) smart, moral, creative people with expansive intellects and if not genuine compassion, at least a sharp awareness of the societal repercussions of inequality. .

          • When you find a politician that is smart, moral, and creative with expansive intellects and genuine compassion or sharp awareness of the societal repercussions of inequality… then you’ll wake up from your nice dream.

          • If you’re commenting directly on the 4:07 post, you might want to read it again, a bit more carefully — especially the last sentence. You might also want to recognize that you, too, are likely trying to find a leader that is, in your own words, “one of us”. You’re just using your own criteria to do so. You get to. And so do all the other voters who may be using criteria and values that differ from yours.

  • People who think Bowser won because black people won’t vote for a black person ignore the fact that Bowser (a black person) overwhelmingly beat Gray in the whitest parts of the city. Looks like only in Ward 6, Wells home base, did he even beat Gray.

    • Eh-brain fart- “because black people won’t vote for a white person” is what I meant.

    • i agree. the reality doesn’t hold up to that theory. people voted for her because they liked her.

    • Right. She crushed all competition in the whitest wards of the city and my guess is that those voters were voting as much against Gray as they were for her. Perhaps many of them would have voted for Wells or Evans, but they figure (correctly) that those candidates had no chance of winning. And perhaps these voters also still consider her a Fenty protege (he also won big with white voters), but I personally think she lacks Adrian’s (or any) vision or spine.

    • Doesn’t that just mean black people won’t vote for white people, but white people will vote for black people?

      • Im pretty sure most black voters in DC voted for kerry, for Al gore, for bill clinton, etc.

        the claim is that black people in DC wont vote for white people for MAYOR. And even then, its not all black people – just enough to make it a fact that impacts strategic voting.

        • Sorry I wasn’t clear. I meant to say the statistics didn’t disprove that black people only voted for black people in DC. I don’t know one way or the other, but it seems more statistically accurate to say that white people will vote for black people.

      • No, it means that most of us vote according to our own individual priorities. Ann it suggests that perhaps the platforms of the specific ‘white people’ who ran in this election didn’t ‘t appeal to a large number of their potential constituents.

    • The logic in this is completely faulty; someone else posted a similar thing above. The fact that Bowser won in the whitest parts for the city only suggests that white people don’t just vote for white candidates. It says NOTHING about black people’s voting tendencies. (Disclaimer: I’m not agreeing or disagreeing with any of the assertions, I just want people to stop making this argument because it does not make any sense.)

  • hahahaha. the JFK effect!

  • Didn’t POP have a huge write up on Bowser way back when she first ran for councilperson?
    i feel like the sentiment then was that she would be very good for the city.

  • Closed primary is bullshit. In such an important election for the city, I am frustrated by the fact that my vote (along with 17% of DC voters) didn’t count for anything.

    • Especially in DC where there are only candidates from one party.

    • Now you know how Democrats country wide feel. Majority of Americans voted Democratic for House seats? Tough! Majority Republican House thanks to district lines.

  • Got a couple of thoughts:

    1. Most politicians are corrupt, some are just better at hiding it. Clearly Gray couldn’t.
    2. I think the DC Mayor is a figurehead, you can put anyone in that spot as long as they don’t trip over themselves and stop the monster that is development in the DC area. Even Gray, with all the dirty tactics, didn’t do too bad of a job as mayor. Just don’t get in the way.

  • I voted for Gray based on his being an effective mayor in the first term. I think all politicians are a little strange and devious, so his possible infractions didn’t worry me that much. Property taxes and taxes in general seem low, crime is down (with out stomping on the Constitution to stop and frisk, but I may be wrong and readers can add a comment about the costs of lower crime), more people are out and about, statehood rights, parks, libraries, new schools, more transportation options. Vince and the city have done well and should be proud.

    I may be the only one who thought we had a great field of candidates here and I’ll be happy to vote for Bowser in the general election, and thought Wells and Shallal were solid. I live in Ward 6 and saw Wells as a great councilman for his District and wish to see him head the ward again. But he seems like the type to piss off people for his goals instead of working with them (perfect for council) but bad for the mayor’s office. The “I’m smart (growth) so everyone should just follow what I say” mentality will lead to a long list of Wells promises that he’ll never get enough support to fully see through. He’s also deathly afraid of pissing off Lanier which is very troublesome for supposed top leader.

    I hope Bowser can become as good of a city manager as Gray. I also hope she keeps Henderson around for schools or at least has as great a candidate for the position.

    And a word to commenters: It’s strange how negative the comments can turn when an issue on this blog involves African Americans or anybody black. Unfounded negativity reigned supreme on here for Bowser. It was founded for Gray, but very harsh. The barbs also come out for taxi cabs, city services, small posts about crime that lack context, restaurants and clubs, certain city neighborhoods – all that are predominantly made up of or cater to black people. I remember one post about Uber (for context, it’s a very well run car service for avoiding the less well run cab service) that involved a driver accused of sexually assaulting one of his passengers in Cleveland Park. Many comments shared the sentiment that “we shouldn’t jump to conclusions about Uber” or it was “just the individual perp’s fault”. Please extend that same courtesy the next you want to write the comment “bulldoze that “project” or “shut down that club” after a crime took place there.

    • what the hell are you talking about?

      your uber example makes no sense. when people voice support for shutting down an individual nightclub, they aren’t supporting shutting down every bar in the city. similarly, when one uber driver is accused of assault, we shouldn’t blame every uber driver for that offense.

      • Your reply is missing my point and please remain civil. I’m hypothesizing the vitriol per square inch on Bowser, Gray, taxis, etc. may have something to do with race.

        • gotryit

          I don’t find it civil to accuse people of racism based on a hypothesis. Especially when there are many other more likely reasons to dislike taxis, politicians, etc. other than race. In fact, some of the strongest dislike for taxis I’ve heard is from non-white people who have to deal with racism from the taxi drivers.

    • Let’s be honest here: taxi service in DC is pretty awful and embarrassingly unregulated (or, at the very least, existing regulations aren’t enforced). I can’t imagine anyone that’s been to a major metropolitan area that would say DC’s taxi service is even in the top 15. It has nothing to do with it being a service that is “made up of or cater[s] to black people”.

      But yes, in general, there are a few commenters on POP that devolve into ranting racists pretty quickly. There are also a few commenters who see quick to accuse others of racism. Surely, the racists are worse, but the quick-to-label-as-racists don’t help either.

      • Taxi service has improved dramatically in the past few years, and its a testament to the council standing up to the Taxi Commission (lest you forget the days before meters). I think Gray has made the right calls on development deals and minimum wage. He’s gone a long way to try to represent all of the city’s demographics. I

    • Word up!

    • Yeah, what are you talking about? People are not unhappy about Bowser winning because she’s black. They’re unhappy because she’s seemingly incompetent and does not have a proven track record of doing…well anything. I would be extremely happy to have a black woman as my mayor IF she is qualified for the job. I feel that Bowser is not.
      And the complaints directed at taxis in DC is most certainly not unjustified and it has absolutely nothing to do with race.

      • Your first paragraph is completely true. My point is that Bowser has been put down and criticized on here quite a bit, and that might be because of her race. (You have to be twice as good just to be an equal).

        My taxi comment might have been a little confusing. I was just struck at how many apologists for Uber there were when that assault happened, and how few there are when a similar assault happens in a cab. Unfortunately, assaults will happen in both. I love that Uber exists, I’m just thrifty and don’t use it and would give cabs a B/B- grade in the district. I just wish people would catch themselves laying down more vitriol per square inch in the comments on these things.

        All in all, be more positive.

      • Yet all that perceived unhappiness didn’t translate into votes for other candidates. It seems that no one wants to give Bowser (and her team) ANY credit for winning this election handily WITH white votes. They did something right. The white MALE candidates ran piss poor campaigns. Somehow though her victory needs to be explained away, like a good black athlete just having magical gifts, not being focused, working hard, etc.

        • Thank you for the comment, kook47797. You bring great points and much better stated than my comments above. Sorry Popville, I should have edited my words better for clarity before sending and used better examples.

    • So if we criticize anything you deem to be “black” it’s because it’s “black” and not because it deserves the harsh criticism, hence the one who criticizes is then a racist. If there is any better illustration of the false, circular logic “race card” I’d like to know what it is.

      • Please continue to rave and rant about any subjects that you feel strongly about. I was just pointing out how much vitriol per square inch there was for Bowser over the months on this blog. It seemed unnaturally high, and hypothesized why.

        • because peoples candidate lost, so they are griping about it. don’t you remember past elections?
          it always happens.

        • Bowser ran an incredible campaign, no doubt about that. She did not win me over personally, but that’s perfectly fine. I have a strong inkling that most of the folks who are criticizing Bowser here voted for Gray – another black candidate. I do genuinely hope that race is not the underlying issue for those expressing disdain.

        • I followed most of the commentary about Bowser on this blog. It seemed to be pretty split – with half of the people thinking she has done a terrible job on the council and the other half thinking she has been great. Incidentally, that mirrors my own informal survey of Ward 4 folks that I know – half of the people I talk to think she is the best, half think she is the worst. I have zero experience with her so I can’t say where the truth lies.
          The “vitriol” directed at Bowser did not seem “unnaturally high” to me. It certainly did not rise to a greater level than the vitriol directed at Jim Graham. In fact, I think the Graham vitriol has been much worse.
          And the political vitriol pales in comparison to what gets tossed around in any post about crime or gentrification on this blog.

    • +1 Very well said.

  • The ultimate irony is that Gray lost under the same circumstances that he won his first term as Mayor. This is the second election in which a new mayor has been elected despite the majority of DC residents thinking that the City is on the right track. Gray beat an incumbent that most people thought was dong a really good job but who many people had come to dislike on a personal level. Gray lost not because of his job performance but because a lot of people had come to distrust him.
    I was going to vote for Gray, despite his problems, until that news conference he held with Marion Barry. I did not have a problem with him seeking or getting Barry’s endorsement. But when he started talking about how “folks on the other side of the river” were coming after him, that did it for me. If he wants to proclaim his innocence and ask people to have faith in him, I am fine with that. He is innocent until proven guilty. But to imply that the attention being focused on him by law enforcement is because he’s black was just specious.

  • If you ran in the Dem primary, are you then precluded from running in the main election as an independent? If not, I would love for Wells to run again in the fall. He seems like a much better choice than Catania.

    • I hope that Gray, Wells, and Evans all run again as independents in the fall.

    • Having wells split the dem vote would all but guarantee a Catania win.

    • Yes, you are precluded from running.

      • You may be precluded from running under a different party label, but you are not precluded from running as a write in candidate. A lot of people encouraged Fenty to do that when he lost to Gray in the primary. Since the Democratic Party is really the only game in town, most Democrats who have held and/or would like to hold office are probably not going to burn that bridge by running against the party nominee as a write in.

    • You are precluded from running in the general election under a different party for the seat you ran for in the primary (sore losers law).

      But as Non e Mus says below – you can become a write in candidate.

      And, if you ran for Mayor in the primary but lost, you could run in the general for a different seat – say the At-Large Council Chair (but you would have to switch parties as the democratic nominee is already set.)

  • I’m happy that my council member candidate won (Allen) and as former Ward 1 resident that Graham is OUT.

    But I am now fearful of the possible influx of Koopa Toopas into the District. I ain’t even joking.

  • This white GOP chick is voting for Catania. Sorry Muriel….not impressed!

  • Are they going to calculate the special ballot votes? There were A LOT of people doing special ballots at my location. It seemed just as many people were using those, as the regular kind. I doubt it affects any results, but at least the voter turnout would be different…

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