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Council, At-Large
In the fiercely contested at-large Democratic primary, with 10 challengers and no incumbents, political consultant Phil Mendelson won with 17 percent of the vote. His win, along with others, raises the possibility of the first majority-white council in D.C. The D.C. Statehood, Umoja and Republican parties are also fielding at-large candidates. Voters will choose two representatives.

OTHER RACES   |   PRIMARY RESULTS

Rule Council, At-Large

Incumbents' names are marked with asterisks. Web site and email addresses appear in the form in which they were submitted by the candidates.

THE CANDIDATES

David A. Catania*
Republican
Age: 30
Residence: Washington.
  Married: No.
Children: None.
Education: BS, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service; JD, Georgetown University Law Center.
  David A. Catania*

Occupation/Employer: At-large council member, District of Columbia; attorney, Akin Gump, Strauss, Hauer and Feld, LLP.

Elected Offices and Civic Activities: Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1D.

Why should voters elect you?
"Since taking office following last December's special election, I have been working diligently on behalf of the Common Good: safer streets, better schools and accountable government. During my brief tenure, I have earned the reputation as an honest and effective choice of reform. If reelected, I intend to continue the work that I have started, which includes, among other matters: the creation of an Office of Women's Health Issues within the Department of Health and the establishment of an elected attorney general of the District of Columbia to ensure better prosecution of local corruption issues."

What do you want voters to know about you?
"I am dedicated to the notion that every citizen of the District has the right to expect honest, efficient and innovative government."

Web site: www.catania98.com
Email: victory@catania98.com


Hilda Mason*
Statehood
Age: 82
Residence: Washington, D.C.
  Married: Yes.
Children: Two.
Education: BA, Miner's Teacher's College, MA, DC Teacher's College.
  Hilda Mason*

Occupation/Employer: Councilmember, District of Columbia.

Elected Offices and Civic Activities: D.C. Board of Education; Council At-Large

Why should voters elect you?
"I started my working life as a teacher, counselor and assistant principal. I chose that profession because I cared so much about children and families in our community. I have continued to advocate for improved programs for our youth and communities as a member of the D.C. Board of Education from 1972-1977 and Council since 1977. As a founding member of the Statehood party, my commitment to greater democracy for the people of the District of Columbia is unquestioned. My record in office shows that my sole concern has been to help the people of D.C. achieve their full potential."

What do you want voters to know about you?
"I will continue to advocate for the betterment of families and children, and self-determination through Statehood for the District of Columbia."

Web site: pages.prodigy.com/DCSTATEHOOD
Email: hildamason@dccouncil.washington.dc.us


Phil Mendelson
Democrat
Age: 45
Residence: Washington.
  Married: Yes.
Children: None.
Education: BA, American University.
  Phil Mendelson

Occupation/Employer: Self-employed political consultant.

Elected Offices and Civic Activities: ANC commissioner; chairman, ANC 3C; Committee of 100 on the Federal City; Board of Directors, McLean Gardens Condominium; legislative aide to former council member Jim Nathanson; finance director on the budget staff of the Committee of the Whole under th

Why should voters elect you?
"I have a track record of achieving reform and I have experience on both sides of city hall, including two years on the staff of the late Dave Clarke and 18 years as an ANC commissioner. Quality public schools and improved public safety are my first two priorities; we should be a model for the country. I will fight for lower taxes and more jobs. City services should be a right, not a surprise. I will work to restore Home Rule by demanding balanced budgets and refusing to confirm unqualified appointments."

What do you want voters to know about you?
"My life is about commitment -- like getting arrested to protest park destruction. This has helped me get the support of organized labor, Sierra Club and TENAC."

Web site: None.
Email:
Phmendel@aol.com


Sandra 'SS' Seegers
Independent
Age: 48
Residence: Washington.
  Married: No answer provided.
Children: No answer provided.
Education: High school graduate, D.C. public schools.
  Sandra 'SS' Seegers

Occupation/Employer: Retired.

Elected Offices and Civic Activities: Actively rearranging D.C. government by having inept/corrupt persons in policy making positions replaced. I have taken stands against big businesses, i.e., convention center authority and CCA (prison builders), and I will continue this effort for everyday people. Publishes a newsletter, “One Page at a Time.”

Why should voters elect you?
"I believe the people should have the power; as a citizen, I have proved that point, now I want to be able to help all the people take back the government. I believe the council is important; however, the department heads are very crucial to the people getting a better quality of life, by getting better city services, safe streets, improved schools, etc. I will be able to vote-in more qualified persons, and approve a budget more conducive to the District's everyday people, not big businesses, Marylanders, Virginians or other outsiders."

What do you want voters to know about you?
"I am an everyday person and I know what will make my life better, thereupon, I will improve everyone's life. I am a resident of Ward 8, east of the river."

Web site: www.killyourtv.com/voteseegars
Email: None.


Malik Z. Shabazz
Independent
Age: 32
Residence: Washington.
  Married: No.
Children: None.
Education: JD, BA, Howard University.
  Malik Z. Shabazz

Occupation/Employer: Self-employed, practicing lawyer in D.C. and Maryland.

Elected Offices and Civic Activities: A consistent, committed and respected advocate and fighter for our community; former campaign aide and spokesman for Mayor Marion Barry; 1998 National Bar Association “Young Lawyer of the Year;” former Howard University Student Activist (chairman-Unity Nation); 1998 Million Youth March National Coordinator; area organizer Million Man March (1995).

Why should voters elect you?
"We must have a majority Black City Council. Our power in 'Chocolate City' must be preserved and strengthened. I will work with community groups, ANC's and leaders to establish a peoples' government that serves the youth, poor, needy and elders. I will legislate and fight for rent control, youth programs, statehood, UDC, eliminating 'the boot', a clean environment, Latino empowerment and superior education. I represent the true new leadership. I can inspire the youth to finish school and to go to work. Together, we can stop the plan to strip power from our community. I will not sell you out!"

What do you want voters to know about you?
"I deeply empathize with the suffering in our community. I can make progress with young black men. I have superior knowledge, firm principles and integrity."

Web site: None.
Email: None.


Mark Thompson
Umoja
Age: 31
Residence: Washington.
  Married: Divorced.
Children: One.
Education: Attended the University of the District of Columbia and Georgetown University.
  Mark Thompson

Occupation/Employer: Director of marketing, Heritage Telecommunications.

Elected Offices and Civic Activities: Umoja Party chair; NAACP political action and police task force chair; police chief search committee; Stand Up for Democracy Coalition Activist; Million Man March master of ceremonies; WOL talk host; and UDC student activist.

Why should voters elect you?
"I will work to reduce high unemployment, maintain summer youth employment, hold the schools accountable when their budget comes before the council, keep UDC a four-year university, guarantee equal police protection, no matter where you live, maintain rent control, make more affordable homes more available, reinstate recycling, ensure efficient service delivery, especially to seniors and youth, prioritize AIDS, cancer, diabetes and infant deaths as health crises, work to reduce youth incarceration and stand up for democracy by opposing an extension of the control board's life and advocating an end to congressional oversight of our laws and our budget."

What do you want voters to know about you?
"A true leader is a servant. I pray that 13 years of freedom fighting humbly demonstrate my selfless commitment to you, and earn your vote."

Web site: None.
Email: None.


Beverly J. Wilbourn
Independent
Age: 45
Residence: Washington.
  Married: No.
Children: None.
Education: JD, Georgetown University Law Center; BS, Ohio State University.
  Beverly J. Wilbourn

Occupation/Employer: Business lawyer, principal, Curry & Wilbourn, P.L.L.P.

Elected Offices and Civic Activities: Co-Chair, D.C. Bar; Community and Economic Development Committee; Member, D.C. Bar, Task force-Economic Redevelopment of D.C.; Director (former), New Endeavors for Women, transitional housing for formerly homeless women; Vice President, Young Womens Mentorship, Faith United Church of Christ; Director, Georgetown University Law Alumni Board; Executive Member, American Bar Association Affordable Housing Forum.

Why should voters elect you?
"To effectively address the issues confronting us today, the council needs leaders who have a combination of strong business skills and community involvement. For the last 20 years, I have worked in all aspects of real estate development and applied that knowledge to housing and community development projects in distressed communities. In many ways, I represent the next generation of leaders who have broad private sector experiences that can be used to effectively work with diverse interests and provide new direction to the City. My skills and experience can begin to reshape the effectiveness of the council and bring prestige to that body."

What do you want voters to know about you?
"I am the youngest of six children and the product of inner city public schools. I was raised to value family and give back to the broader community."

Web site: None.
Email:
bjwilbourn@aol.com




The Voters' Guide was compiled from staff reporting and information provided by the candidates in response to questionnaires from The Washington Post. Each candidate was asked to provide biographical information, a photograph and a brief statement about why the voters should elect him or her. Candidates' responses were edited for length and style.

© Copyright 1998 The Washington Post Company

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