Democrats for Education Reform-backed candidate Brandon Todd

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If you’re looking to get buddy-buddy with the newest councilmembers, tomorrow’s your chance. New Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon Todd and new Ward 8 Councilmember LaRuby May will be sworn in tomorrow at the Wilson Building.

The new councilmembers’ swearing-in at 6:30 p.m. comes not a moment too late for Mayor Muriel Bowser, who pushed both candidates across the finish lines in their respective races (in May’s case, just barely across it). Loyal Green Team councilmembers could be critical to Bowser, who’s fared unevenly so far in her budget fight.

May and Todd can’t get too comfortable. Unlike a normal swearing-in, where a new councilmember can anticipate roughly three years of legislating before gearing up to fight again for their seat, both the Ward 4 and Ward 8 seats will be up in primaries thirteen months from now. Welcome to the Council—now start campaigning.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery