Bowser wins Democratic DC mayoral nomination and AP projects
Instead, voters in Tuesday’s Democratic primary concluded that Bowser should serve another four years, accepting his campaign promises to increase the size of the city’s police force and maintain the mayor’s control over schools. district public.
In heavily Democratic DC, the primary generally determines the outcome of the November election for most races.
A February Washington Post poll found a majority of locals approved of Bowser’s performance – but most poll respondents said she didn’t do well in addressing what they considered the most big problems in the city: crime and housing costs.
The win for Bowser, whose approval rating has slipped slightly this year from 2019, according to The Post poll, also ends speculation that voters may be ready for a change after nearly a decade with she in charge. Tuesday’s result shows city Democrats still supportive of her moderate touch, which has at times led her to clash with an increasingly left-leaning DC council on issues like paid parental leave for children. workers and tax increases for wealthy residents.
Wendell Felder, the chairman of Ward 7 Democrats, was unequivocal on Tuesday when he said he voted for Bowser. He says he’s impressed with Bowser’s leadership and “how she led the city in the midst of a pandemic and how she stood up to President Trump,” although he acknowledges there’s room for improvement.
“But I think she’s a proven leader and what the city needs right now,” he says.
Serena K. Parks, a 58-year-old Brookland resident, said she knows seniors who ended up living in tents because they could no longer afford a home of their own – she voted for Trayon White.
“I believe Trayon White would take us forward. I think he cares about the city,” she said. “It’s time for someone else to come in and change things.”
But other voters saw Bowser as the only candidate who could handle those issues.
“Every day someone’s baby gets killed, so my heart is really heavy,” said 74-year-old longtime DC resident Diane Robinson. and the pandemic so well.
Robinson said she wants Bowser to have another term to get a grip on crime, a concern that has also swirled with voters in city council races.
In Ward 1, Jarice Risper cited “porch robbers, shootings, breaking into people’s cars,” choosing former DC cop Salah Czapary over incumbent Brianne K. Nadeau.
“You can’t even put a potted plant on the porch,” said Risper, 53. “I love Brianne. But we just need a new change.
Barrett Osborn, 43, voting in Adams Morgan, was also frustrated by the violence, but said he could not support Czapary after learning that the candidate’s former campaign chairman was the son of an appointee. Trump with ties to a right-wing think tank. Czapary said he removed the chair in mid-May when he learned of the connection.
“It’s a dealbreaker for me,” said Osborn, a defense contractor. “I voted for Nadeau, but I really hope that she will understand that people are not necessarily happy with her.”
Marie Cadelago, 37, of Brookland, chose Zachary Parker from an overcrowded group seeking to replace outgoing Ward 5 council member Kenyan R. McDuffie because the candidate “has talked a lot about aging in place.”
“I have a lot of neighbors who are older and have lived in the neighborhood forever,” she said. “They make the wealth of the neighborhood.”
Voters across the city are also choosing between two candidates in the DC Council presidential race, where challenger Erin Palmer is running against incumbent Phil Mendelson. The position, while not understood by many voters, is one of the most powerful in the city.
“Everyone is focused on the races for mayor and Ward 1 here, but the chairman of the council is the one who brings things to the table, bills to vote on,” said Alice Alexeeva, voting in Columbia Heights. The chair also drafts the budget and plays a major role in selecting existing committees and their members.
Mendelson, Alexeeva said, was “beholden to corporate interests” and had served too long. “He’s been on the Council longer than I’ve been alive,” the 23-year-old added.
There were few lines at polling stations throughout the day, said a spokesman for the city’s elections board – but some voters said they were confused after turning up at polling stations shown on their registration cards which are not used for the primary.
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Attorney General Karl A. Racine’s decision not to run created an open race for the position; Brian Schwalb, Ryan Jones and Bruce V. Spiva are all in a race that was marred by McDuffie’s disqualification in April.
Tony Davis, 60, spends his days helping underserved youth in Southeast DC through a nonprofit he founded. It is through his work that he meets Schwalb, the candidate he now supports.
“I come from a street background myself, and I’ve turned my life around,” Davis said. Troubled youth, Davis said, need “counseling and a mentor — someone to look up to and show them the way out.”
He noted that Schwalb, among other promises, has pledged to strengthen counselling, coaching and other programs that help divert young people from the criminal justice system – as is the case for his other opponents in the race. .
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Four candidates are vying for a seat on the DC Council: incumbent Anita Bonds and challengers Lisa Gore, Nathan Fleming and Dexter Williams.
Jimmie Williams, former chairman of Ward 7 Democrats, voted for Dexter Williams. He noted that Bonds has served on the board since 2012.
“I think it’s time for a change,” he added. “It’s time to give younger, more energetic people a chance to come in.”
Ward 3 hosts a field of six Democratic candidates, all of whom are vying for the seat held by incumbent Council member Mary M. Cheh. Three candidates recently abandoned the race to join forces behind Matthieu Frumin against another head of the list, Eric Goulet. The other candidates are Beau Finley, Deirdre Brown, Monte Monash and Phil Thomas.
After voting for Robert White and Gore, David Kusnet, President Bill Clinton’s former speechwriter, stayed behind to hand out pamphlets to his chosen Ward 3 candidate: Frumin.
“He’s a pragmatic progressive,” he said of Frumin, who has long been an activist in the neighborhood. “He worked at the community level on very basic issues – he helped [with] more affordable housing and ensuring schools are funded.
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Outgoing Ward 6 council member Charles Allen ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination.
DC Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton also won the Democratic nomination, according to AP projections. She faced challenges from Kelly Williams and Wendy Hamilton. Voters also chose the Democratic nominee to represent the city’s shadow in the United States House (a largely ceremonial position meant to defend statehood), where Oye Owolewa takes on Linda L. Gray.
Larry Smith, 76, worked the Michigan Park polls with a smile and a wave, guiding voters through the process. He said that kind of friendliness is dissipating in the northeast neighborhood where he was born and raised.
“A lot of my elderly friends have lost their homes,” he said. “Now my neighbors come by and don’t talk. If there was an emergency, I wouldn’t know what they were called or who to call.
Even though he blames Bowser for that turnover, he supported his re-election.
“Your choices aren’t really good, so what are you going to do?” he said. “Since the development is there and it’s making money, now she has to focus on the residents, the elderly and the homeless.”
This article will continue to be updated.
Nazmul Ahasan, Marc Fisher, Dana Hedgpeth, Joe Heim, Eva Herscowitz, Audrey Hill, Samantha Latson, Clara Ence Morse, Sammy Sussman, Omari Daniels, Gaya Gupta, Vanessa G. Sánchez, Julie Zauzmer Weil and Daniel Wu contributed to this report .
An earlier version of this article attributed a quote from Jimmie Williams, former chairman of the Ward 7 Democrats, to Wendell Felder, the current chairman of the Ward 7 Democrats. The article has been corrected.