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Ward 4 frontrunner Brandon Todd

Looking to extend their 14-year grip on the Ward 4 D.C. Council seat, Mayor Muriel Bowser and her Green Team compatriots headed to ex-Councilmember Bill Lightfoot‘s house last night. The agenda: opening their checkbooks to their latest candidate, Ward 4 pick Brandon Todd, and celebrating their ascendant political crew at the same time.

“What is it about the Green Team that’s so good?” Lightfoot said. “Everything!”

Before introducing Todd, Lightfoot related the Green Team’s origin story, from Adrian Fenty to Bowser’s November general election win, the time they placed “the councilmember who was better than all the rest” in the mayor’s suite.

Now, in Lightfoot’s telling, Bowser had another gift for the residents of the ward: a replacement from her own staff.

Bowser endorsed Todd, her former Council constituent services director and campaign finance director, as soon as he declared for the race. Taking the stage, Bowser praised her protege’s constituent service skills and, not inconsequentially for the race ahead, his fundraising prowess.

“You think I would recommend just anybody to keep that progress going?” Bowser said.

Todd’s own pitch was heavy on promises to keep up the office’s constituent service operation, describing himself as “that guy you called when the pothole needed to be filled.”

Judging by the number of cars with low number license plates valeted in front of Lightfoot’s Gold Coast house, Todd won’t have trouble with campaign funds before the April 28 race. The real question, after seeing the political heavies and union types at the fundraiser, is whether he’ll need even a fraction of it.

Photo by Will Sommer