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FOP endorses Mara; Alexander backs Bonds

The District chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police announced Tuesday that it is endorsing Republican Patrick Mara in the April 23 special election.

In a statement, Mara said the endorsement proves he’s the candidate best suited to address residents’ concerns about neighborhood crime and corruption in government.

“Voters tell me they worry about two kinds of crime in the District: the first is in their neighborhoods, the second occurs in city hall,” said Mara, an apparent reference to recent federal investigations into the actions of city politicians and donors. “I intend to fight crime on our streets and within our government.”

Meanwhile, another candidate in the citywide at-large race, council member Anita Bonds (D-At Large), also picked up support Tuesday.

Council member Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7) said she is backing her colleague, who is filling the seat pending the special election. Alexander, who was overwhelmingly reelected to a second term last year, said she plans to help Bonds’s campaign in Ward 7.

“We are trying to keep the Democrats tight, unified,” Alexander said.

Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) also clarified Tuesday that he will be voting for a Democrat in the election. But Mendelson stressed that he’s not endorsing any candidate in the race. There are are four Democrats in the contest, including Bonds.

On Monday, Mendelson told The Washington Post that he saw “pros and cons” for each candidate, including Mara.

But Mendelson said Tuesday that he did not mean to imply he was open to a Mara victory, noting Mara’s not a Democrat.

Tim Craig is The Post’s bureau chief in Pakistan. He has also covered conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and within the District of Columbia government.

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