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Washington City Paper‘s Ward 4 debate began with five candidates for the D.C. Council and ended with four.
During his opening statement at Monday’s Loose Lips debate, Doug Sloan announced he was dropping out of the race to support a unified opposition to Mayor Muriel Bowser‘s pick, presumed frontrunner Brandon Todd. “This race should not be about the candidates; it should be about the voters of Ward 4,” Sloan said. “What we’re looking at is too many candidates in this race. And quite frankly, no one has a chance of winning outside the mayor’s candidate. I don’t believe the mayor should choose her successor.”
Sloan left the building, however, before declaring which non-Todd candidate would get his support. Cries of “Who? Who?” followed him out the door.
No one else followed Sloan’s lead, but three of the remaining candidates—Leon T. Andrews, Renée Bowser, and Dwayne Toliver—did use the 90-minute debate to target Todd.
Listen to the debate below, and download audio here.