It’s August in an odd-numbered year in the District -- quite the dry time, politically speaking. The D.C. Council is on recess, the mayor is taking trips and hitting the ribbon-cutting circuit, and there’s generally a political malaise hanging in the haze. But this summer is different -- with next year’s Democratic primaries now being held in April instead of the traditional September, races for seats are already heating up.
Of course, the amount of intrigue in this particular round of council elections might not involve quite the usual amount of fanfare. Ward 2’s Jack Evans is raking in cash, and, still without a legitimate challenger,
appears to be a very safe bet for re-election. Ward 4’s Muriel Bowser, despite two challengers just found herself with a bunch of money ($85,000) and a plum new committee assignment which strengthens her credentials immensely. Ward 7’s race, between incumbent Yvette Alexander and Peaceaholics co-founder Ron Moten, will certainly be one to watch -- though gauging Moten’s chances of winning at this point is a difficult task, and probably depends on how much juice Alexander can squeeze out of Mayor Vince Gray. The at-large seat currently held by Vincent Orange could potentially be another wide-open race, but a few months on the council under his belt will certainly help Orange; the other at-large council member up for re-election, Michael A. Brown, only has to finish at least second in November’s general election to secure a spot on the Council because he’s a minority party member.
That said, could it be possible that the most fiery race could take place in Ward 8?
[Continue reading Aaron Morrissey’s post at DCist.com.]