Elissa Silverman, Perry Redd, Patrick Mara, Matthew Frumin and Anita Bonds wait for a recent candidate forum to begin at Ballou High School. (Amanda Voisard/For The Washington Post)

“If it seems like we are having perpetual campaigns, we are,” writes WRC-TV reporter Tom Sherwood in his column today. That said, this latest chapter in the perpetual campaign is coming to a close ahead of Tuesday’s special election. Patrick Mara has the biggest bankroll for the closing week of the campaign, and he also is benefiting from a major independent expenditure. Meanwhile, Anita Bonds significantly stepped up her fundraising for the final period and also is getting major union backing. That includes anti-Mara mailers that could also benefit Elissa Silverman, who is solidly in the top echelon of candidates after tying Mara in a recent poll, putting her in strong position to pick up voters who want a fresher face than Bonds but aren’t too jazzed about voting for a Republican. Silverman made good on a transparency pledge given at Monday night’s City Paper debate, publicly releasing her most recent tax return — will others now follow? Finally, a reminder: If you need an absentee ballot, request it today or else.

In other news:

Attorney general’s office will sue major city contractor for alleged CBE fraud (Loose Lips)

Emancipation Day goes off without a hitch (PostWTOPWRC-TVWaTimes)

Two FEMS ladder trucks pulled from service after tests (WTTG-TV)

Former D.C. homeland security director: “Time to reinvest in our fire equipment and resources” (WTOP)

Airports Authority executives — not just board members — have pricey travel tastes (Post)

Antoine Jones will remain behind bars pending fourth trial (PostLegal Times)

Harry Jaffe: “The fear factor explains why most African-Americans will vote for Anita Bonds” (Examiner column)

If Patrick Mara loses, is all hope lost for D.C. GOP? (Washingtonian)

Much-lauded BASIS charter school is denied permission to expand after shedding students mid-year (Post)

DCPS used to evaluate custodians using student test scores (Answer Sheet)

Revised “small school” definition in DCPS budgeting means staff cuts at many schools (WAMU-FM)

Will International Baccalaureate program help (almost entirely black) Eastern High School appeal to (mostly white) Capitol Hill parents? (GGW)

Worrisome signs for Howard University Hospital (WBJ)

Another food truck calls it quits, blaming yet-to-be-implemented regulations (DCist)

Should government let SideCar just do its thing? (GGW)

D.C.’s title of America’s largest bikeshare system is now in doubt (WNYC-FM)

Adams Morgan SRO might survive after all (Housing Complex)

Smithsonian galleries may close some days due to sequestration (Examiner)

Protesters picket debate over sick-leave expansion (DCist)

Obamacare will give more D.C. residents access to substance abuse treatment (AP)

Does Healthcare Alliance cut reflect naturally lower enrollment or onerous barriers? (DCFPI)

Legal Aid Society opens new clinic in Southwest (Legal Times)

Former “Secret Safeway” now dealing in uber-sustainable groceries (Post)

Watch the bald eagles of Blue Plains (NatGeo via DCist)

Adrian Fenty: Still being Adrian Fenty (Reason)

Architecture and Texas-style brisket: Together at last (GOG)