Last week, control board staffer Daphne M. McBryde resigned to run for an at-large seat on the D.C. Council. A D.C. native, McBryde is the first control board veteran to venture into democratically elected government. And the independent candidate doesn’t seem worried that voters will regard her service to the congressionally appointed body—which D.C. stalwarts once delighted in calling a “junta”—as a betrayal. McBryde’s experience on “the team that spearheaded the city’s financial recovery” makes her more than qualified for the post, asserts a press release announcing her candidacy. That kind of experience, however, makes statehood advocates a little nervous. “The control board already manages the city without the authority of the people of the District of Columbia,” says Arturo Griffiths, the D.C. Statehood Green Party’s at-large council candidate. “. I’ve been fighting for statehood since I was a kid,” says McBryde. “They have no business putting someone else to run for office.” —Garance Franke-Ruta