D.C. Statehood Party mayoral candidate Alvin C. Frost, a spiffily dressed man in a pin-stripe suit, fingered a tattered old necktie at his party last night and said it would bring him good luck. Party chairman Rich Burning laughed and noted, "Well, Adlai Stevenson had a hole in his shoe, you can have a hole in the tie."

Only 21 people showed up for the party at the First Congregational United Church of Christ downtown -- and, in fact, the party was for D.C. Council member Hilda Mason, who is running on the same ticket. Frost, who is campaigning for government efficiency, was included in the party as a matter of courtesy.

Frost estimated that he has spent a total of $125 on his campaign so far.

"Dave Clarke, is that Dave Clarke?" asked Alice McPhatter, as she looked across the room at Frost. Told it was Frost, McPhatter, a resident of a housing project who came to push for affordable housing, said, "I never heard of him."

The popular Mason, who was sitting with her husband, Charles, and other relatives, posed for a picture with Frost, a former District employee and graduate of the Harvard Business School. Asked for her opinion of him she said, "He has been a member of the party for some time, and he does know management and finance and he's for statehood."

At 9:20 p.m. the TV in the room had gone static -- nobody was watching.