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There hasn’t been any public polling in the Ward 8 special election, but the other candidates seem to have decided that their biggest opponent is well-funded Muriel Bowser favorite LaRuby May. Two candidates dropped out last week in a bid to foil May’s campaign, and now candidate Eugene D. Kinlow has a mailer that asks voters, “Who is LaRuby May?”.

The mailer opens with references to attempts to build a prison and a trash transfer station in the ward, both of which Kinlow opposed. But then the mailer tries to tie May to those interests and other developers outside the ward:

They tried to build a prison in our community when we didn’t even have a grocery store. Then they tried to make our community the dumping ground for the city.

Now the big money from outside Ward 8 is trying to choose our councilmember.

Who is LaRuby May?

You can tell a lot about a person by the companies she keeps. Ward 8 residents deserve a council member who will fight for their interests, not the interests of big business and developers.

The mailer also references an LL story about May’s overwhelming fundraising advantage. A May spokesman declined to comment on the mailer.

Kinlow’s mailer coincides with a press release sent out yesterday by his campaign that also aims to turn voters away from May. The press release has an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach, with accusations ranging from the ominous (May’s ties to scandal-tied Ward 8 operator Phinis Jones) to the banal (a four-year-old article about how she’d like to move back to her native Pensacola, Fla.). Kinlow’s anti-May campaign continued today, with a press release about raising the minimum wage that includes a jab at the potential frontrunner.

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