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Posted at 01:51 PM ET, 08/31/2012

Brown faces a tough re-election fight

Come November, D.C. Council member Michael A. Brown (I-At Large) may face one of the toughest re-election battles of his career. As he aims for a new four-year term, he’s staring down a determined opponent who has battled him on policy and process — and landed some stiff blows.

Brown faces independents David Grosso and Leon Swain and Republican Mary Brooks Beatty in the fight for his seat, which by law is set aside for members of minority political parties. While Brown has been batting away allegations of ethical impropriety related to a failed attempt to implement online gambling in D.C. and concerns over unpaid taxes, he has also had to contend with procedural challenges that have bogged down his campaign.

Earlier this month, Grosso filed a complaint with the D.C. Board of Elections over the signatures Brown submitted to get on the ballot; Grosso said Brown didn’t reach the 3,000-signature threshold needed. (A separate complaint was filed by activist Dorothy Brizill.) And though the election board ruled this week that Brown did in fact have the signatures needed to appear on the ballot, he’s still going to have to answer accusations from Brizill over claims of forgery on his nominating petitions.

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Martin Austermuhle blogs at DCist . The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

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