One week after District voters went to the polls for a special D.C. Council election, there is already some clarity about next year’s council races.
When asked Tuesday, council members Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3), Anita Bonds (D-At Large) and Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5) all said they plan to seek reelection next year. And Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, who won in a special election last year, also plans to run again.
All four will have to compete in the Democratic primary, which is scheduled for April 1 but could be changed to mid-June.
“I’m definitely running,” McDuffie said, while standing near Cheh at a breakfast meeting Tuesday.
“I’m running,” Cheh said.
“We’re running,” McDuffie said.
Bonds, who was elected in last week’s special election, and Mendelson and McDuffie, who were elected in special elections last year, will be seeking their first full four-year terms. Cheh, elected in 2006, will be seeking a third term.
Another veteran member, council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1), said he’s undecided about whether he will seek a fifth term. Graham, who was reprimanded by his colleagues in February, said he won’t make up his mind until later this year.
“I will decide sometime. At the moment, we don’t know when the election is,” said Graham, referring to a council bill introduced Tuesday to hold the primary in June instead of April.
Council members David A. Catania (I-At Large) and Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) are also up for reelection next year.
Both men, however, are considering bids for mayor. If they run for mayor, they cannot seek reelection to the council.