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Ethics, meet elections

That person, coincidentally enough, would be Skolnik, who is challenging Bowser in the April 2012 Democratic primary.

Such was the tenor of yesterday’s hours-long debate (WAMU, WaPo, Times, Fox 5, DC Watch), in which a mix of council members, good government advocates, regular residents and candidates for office debated the merits of Bowser’s proposal.

Apart from Skolnik, three other 2012 candidates testified — Sekou Biddle and Mary Brooks Beatty, both running for an At Large seat, and Ward 7 candidate Tom Brown — while two others, Ron Moten and Peter Shapiro, appeared in the audience. Council member Vincent Orange (D-At Large), himself up for re-election next year, also sat through most of the hearing.

Either sensing a little political advantage or expressing honest disappointment with the bill’s provisions, few of the 2012 candidates had nice things to say about Bowser’s proposal, which would establish a new Board of Ethics and Government Accountability, increase reporting and disclosure requirements for candidates and elected officials, and hold legislators to a code of conduct that currently applies to all city employees.

[Continue reading Martin Austermuhle’s post at]

Martin Austermuhle blogs at DCist . The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

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