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Council, Ward 3
Incumbent Kathy Patterson easily won the Democratic primary and is unopposed in the general election. Her win, along with others, raises the possibility of the first majority-white council in D.C. For a character sketch of this ward, often seen as the odd one out, see Ward 3 in Profile.


Rule Council, Ward 3

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


Kathy Patterson*
Age: 50
Residence: Washington.
  Married: Yes.
Children: Two.
Education: Bachelor degree, journalism, Northwestern University; MA, Georgetown University.
  Kathy Patterson*

Occupation/Employer: Legislator, D.C. Council.

Elected Offices and Civic Activities: Elected council member in 1994; former member, executive committee, Coalition for America's Children; founding member, Washington D.C. Ad Hoc Parents Coalition.

Why should voters elect you?
"I seek reelection to continue working for an effective District government, financially sound and accountable to residents; for strong public schools; for safe streets and effective public services. Voters should reelect me because my leadership of the Government Operations Committee has shown that legislative oversight works to hold officials accountable for spending public dollars and delivering services. I will work with the new mayor, new control board, my Council colleagues and our federal partners to build a government that can protect a foster child, balance the books, pick up trash (and recyclables!) and demonstrate to schoolchildren that democracy works."

What do you want voters to know about you?
"I reject the divisiveness that has marked our politics of the past and will work with all my colleagues to find common solutions to shared problems."

Web site: None.

This candidate is unopposed.

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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