Who is Patrick Mara?


Patrick Mara responds to a question at a debate during his previous at-large Council run, in 2011. (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)

Who is this well-scrubbed Rhode Islander, this candidate for all seasons, this Republican of destiny? The Post’s Tim Craig and City Paper’s Alan Suderman do their best to figure out what Patrick Mara is all about, as he toys with front-runner status in his third D.C. Council run. (“I mean, dude, we’re so ahead right now,” he told Suderman.) He’s alienated some fellow Republican candidates, his past as a Capitol Hill lobbyist and business consultant is murky, and he makes money these days selling political trinkets on eBay. But he has a fiscally conservative, socially progressive, pro-education message that appears to resonate — at least among the 10,000 to 20,000 voters necessary to win the citywide special election on April 23.

In other news:

The waiting list for D.C. public housing closes next week (Post)

Lightly discussed subtext of special election: Eight of 13 council members could be white (WRC-TV)

David Grosso bucks colleagues to endorse Elissa Silverman (Post)

Michael Brown’s sudden exit really was a big surprise (Loose Lips)

Read the exhaustive Current at-large voter guide (Current)

Antoine Jones: “If your lawyer don’t have confidence in you, and your lawyer’s going to sell you out, you need to fight for yourself” (WJLA-TV)

Yes, the Corcoran and the University of Maryland are joining forces (Post)

The Dupont Circle bike groper has been sent back to Nicaragua (Post)

Can Southwest’s lousy urban fabric be redeemed? (Housing Complex)

Can D.C.’s public schools handle the present and future baby boom? (Examiner)

The District is about to own One Judiciary Square free and clear (WBJ)

Vince Gray: Still backing Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe (WUSA-TVWJLA-TV)

Vince Gray: Still no at-large endorsement, though he “always support Democrats” (Examiner)

Marion Barry’s old house sells for $19,000 under list (Curbed)

And he’s out of the hospital after a brief diabetes scare (Post)

Walter Reed pharmacist accused of killing husband is released to halfway house (Post)

What problems, exactly, would a 14th/U Street liquor license moratorium solve? (Young & Hungry)

Meet the D.C. native sailor whose flag snub led to a change in federal law (Examiner)

Judge dismisses Jack’s Boathouse lawsuit (G’town Metropolitan)

Cleveland Park gets fancy push-button pedestrian signal (WRC-TV)

To manage sequester cuts, federal courthouse will take alternating Fridays off (PostLegal Times)

Cycling advocates upset after driver caught running down biker gets plea deal (DCistWashingtonian)

Deborah Simmons isn’t particularly excited about her special election choices (WaTimes)

To pick up more truants, MPD says it needs more vans (GGW)

Charter school applicants will make board presentations Monday (Post)

ANC won’t back liquor license application for Uniontown replacement (Housing Complex)

More Height Act pro and con (Elevation DC)

Tom Sherwood: “[T]he winning Nats are adding rocket fuel to development plans in the [ballpark] area” (WRC-TV)

Another hotel near the ballpark? (JDLand)

Watergate Exxon reopens with more competitive prices (WaTimes)

Capitol Hill restaurateur Xavier Cervera has sold off his empire (Young & Hungry)

Sauna proprietor is helping finance LGBT center’s move to Reeves Center (Blade)

It’s Financial Literacy Month, and Hizzoner is focusing on the “unbanked” (DCist)

Gee whiz, that’s a nice Walgreens (Slate)

Bees, please (City Desk)

Hallelujah — boozy debate (Loose Lips)

So long, LL VII — you will be missed (CPI)

Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.

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