I find it ironic that, rather than celebrate a wide field of candidates for D.C. mayor, Colbert I. King proposed in his March 1 op-ed column that we limit our choices [“Time for these candidates to fold ’em”]. He suggested that four of the eight Democratic candidates drop out. Why stop at four? Why not six or seven? Maybe Mr. King could just tell us his choice and let the rest of us sit this one out.
Mr. King seems to prefer that only “credible” candidates run. He defined credibility as having a “history of community involvement and public service.” He ignored that I, for one, aside from being a successful businessman who employs more than 500 people in the city, have demonstrated a deep involvement in community and public service for more than 25 years, having chaired school board commissions, sat on and chaired several boards for nonprofit organizations and business associations, testified about several bills affecting D.C. residents and workers, led efforts to pass local ballot initiatives (to limit campaign contributions and end smoking in public spaces) and worked on local, as well as national, political campaigns.
The election is still weeks away, and things can shift quickly. Mr. King’s time and space would have been better used informing the voters rather than seeking to suppress the democratic process.
Andy Shallal, Washington
The writer, a Democrat, is a candidate for mayor of the District of Columbia.