Anita D. Bonds (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

Former District mayor Sharon Pratt endorsed Anita Bonds’s bid for the D.C. Council during a fundraiser at the City Club of Washington on Wednesday, according to the Bonds campaign.

Pratt, who was mayor between 1991 and 1995, has generally shied away from politics since she left office. But Pratt occasionally wades into competitive races, including supporting Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) during his 2010 campaign.

Like Gray, Bonds worked in Pratt’s administration, serving as a special assistant in the mayor’s office.

“From her time as mayor and her work in the private sector, Sharon Pratt has earned the respect of everyone in D.C., so I am ecstatic to have her endorsements,” Bonds said in a statement. “She knows and shares my commitment to improving the District.”

In December, the D.C. Democratic State Committee appointed Bonds to temporarily fill the citywide at-large seat vacated by Phil Mendelson (D) when he became council chairman.

But Bonds, chairwoman of the city Democratic Committee, is competing against six other candidates in the April 23 special election for the seat.

Despite being relatively unknown citywide, Bonds is hoping Democratic women rally behind her campaign.

On March 10, D.C. Council member and likely 2014 mayoral contender Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) endorsed Bonds.