D.C. Council member Jack Evans on Tuesday endorsed Anita Bonds in the April 23 special election for an at-large seat on the council, becoming the latest council member to rally behind her campaign.
In a statement to the media, Evans called Bonds “tough but diplomatic” and a “doer not a talker.”
Since January, Bonds has been serving as an interim council member, pending the special election for the citywide at-large seat.
“Accountable and ethical, she delivers positive results without fanfare,” said Evans (D-Ward 2), the longest serving member of the 13-member council. “She’s a terrific asset on the DC Council.”
Evans confirmed his plans in an interview with the Washington Post, saying he believes Bonds is “best for the job.”
“I have known Anita for years through the Democratic Party and now the council and she is doing a good job,” said Evans, a likely candidate for major next year.
Evans becomes the second expected mayoral contender to get behind Bonds, who is also chairwoman of the D.C. Democratic Committee. Last month, Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4), who announced her mayoral bid 10 days ago, also endorsed Bonds.
A third likely mayoral contender, Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6), says he’s staying neutral in the seven-person at-large race.