Standing in front of the modest North Michigan Park brick duplex where she grew up, D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) energetically announced on Saturday morning that she was jumping into the 2014 mayoral race.
In a short speech to a crowd of supporters, Bowser touted many of the improvements that D.C. has seen over the years, from better school choices and neighborhood development to ethics reform and marriage equality. But as Mayor Vince Gray did when he announced his own 2010 run against then Mayor Adrian Fenty, Bowser was careful to note that the city’s progress hasn’t been spread evenly among its residents.
“Washington will be its best only when all of us, no matter your Zip code, no matter your education, no matter your pedigree, can have a safe neighborhood like I had, can have good paying jobs, can have excellent schools,” she said.
“People want the same things, no matter where they’re from. From Cleveland Park or from Lincoln Heights, they want the same things. Whether from today’s LeDroit Park or the LeDroit Park of my father’s childhood, they want the same things. They want a seat at the table and they want a fair chance, and that’s exactly what we’ve been fighting for down at city hall,” she added.
Bowser, who was first elected to fill the seat vacated by Fenty in 2007 and easily cruised to re-election last year, also criticized Gray’s administration, saying that he has been distracted by the scandals that have dogged him since he took office.
[Continue reading Martin Austermuhle’s post at DCist.com.]