Bryan Weaver readies Ward 1 D.C. Council run

March 25, 2013

Weaver appears poised to make his third council run. (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)

Item updated to reflect that Thies is no longer consulting for Graham

Looking toward the 2014 political season, it’s not just the mayoral race that’s heating up: Adams Morgan neighborhood activist Bryan Weaver looks ready to seek the Ward 1 D.C. Council seat.

“Weaver 2014″ was registered with the authorities on March 15, said Office of Campaign Finance spokesman Wesley Williams. The filing, somewhat ironically, was first tweeted by Chuck Thies, formerly a longtime political consultant for incumbent and likely Weaver adversary Jim Graham.

Weaver, a former union organizer who now runs a basketball-centered youth nonprofit and recently helped lead a failed effort to ban corporate contributions to city election campaigns, acknowledged Monday that he’d filed campaign papers but declined to discuss his prospects in detail. “We’ve laid the groundwork for setting up a 2014 campaign, and I guess you’ll have to wait and see,” he said. “There’s more to come.”

But it’s pretty clear that Weaver intends to run, given that the Web site he used for his prior campaigns, bryanweaverdc.com, carried this headline Monday afternoon: “Bryan Weaver Announces Candidacy For Ward One.” The headline was removed after I pointed it out to Weaver.

It will be Weaver’s second attempt at winning the Ward 1 seat and his third run overall. In 2011, he came in fourth of nine candidates in a special election to fill the at-large seat vacated by Kwame R. Brown. A year earlier, he unsuccessfully attempted to keep Graham from winning a fourth term, garnering 21 percent of the vote to Graham’s 57 percent.

But there are reasons to believe a Graham challenger might do better this time around, starting with Graham’s entanglement in a 2008 contracting matter that ended in a reprimand from his colleagues.

Like last time, when Weaver split the anti-Graham vote with education activist Jeff Smith, there is another challenger in the race — public relations consultant Brianne Nadeau, who has already raised more than $37,000 for her run, according to her most recent campaign finance report.

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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