Ward 4 frontrunner Brandon Todd
Ward 4 frontrunner Brandon Todd

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Does leading Ward 4 candidate Brandon Todd really live where he says he does? D.C. Board of Elections staff will take that issue up at a meeting next week, thanks to a challenge from one of his detractors.

Todd, whose endorsement from Muriel Bowser and crushing amounts of money have him on track to win the April 28 special election, claims to live on the 5000 block of 5th St. NW. But in a complaint to DCBOE, Alonzo Edmondson claims that Todd actually lives on the 200 block of Upshur St. NW.

Todd spokesman Everett Hamilton says Todd really does live in the 5th St. home. “You know we’re not worried about this,” Hamilton says.

If Todd actually did live on the Upshur St. residence instead, it’s not clear what the problem would be, since it’s also in Ward 4. Still, residency questions about Todd have been floating around for a while—take a look at the comments on any story about him.

So far, no one’s publicized any evidence to suggest Todd doesn’t live where he says he lives. Saying someone doesn’t live where they say they live is notoriously hard to demonstrate (this guy stalked ex-attorney general Peter Nickles for days and even he couldn’t do it). It’s not clear if Edmondson has the goods, either, since Edmondson didn’t return LL’s emails.

Todd’s many advantages have made Ward 4 a snoozer compared to Ward 8, but here’s some inter-campaign intrigue. Last month, Edmondson received $600 from collecting signatures for Ward 4 candidate and Todd rival Doug Sloan, leading Todd’s campaign to imply that their rival is behind the challenge.

“It is unfortunate that our opponents don’t want to debate us on Brandon’s record of accomplishment in Ward 4,” Hamilton says.

Sloan spokesman Keith Carbone says Edmondson, who no longer works for Sloan, isn’t being directed by the campaign.

“He’s a supporter, but he’s submitted challenges before,” Carbone says. “It’s not out of character for him.”

Photo by Will Sommer