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Ward 7 councilmember Yvette Alexander can’t vote in the April 28 special election to replace Muriel Bowser in the D.C. Council’s Ward 4 seat. But if she could, she knows who she’d cast a ballot for. Alexander has endorsed Bowser favorite Brandon Todd, and plans to appear at a fundraiser for him later this week.
“If anyone asks me in Ward 4 who my choice is, it would definitely be Brandon,” Alexander says.
Alexander’s pick puts her in line with Bowser, who endorsed her former constituent service director in December. While the other 17 candidates haven’t disclosed their campaign finances yet, Todd likely has a cash advantage on them after raising more than $50,000 in just three days last year. That fat bank roll should continue to grow after Wednesday, when Alexander, the chairwoman of the Council’s health committee, appears at a fundraiser for Todd hosted by hospital industry heavy Robert A. Malson.
Whether Alexander’s endorsement will help Todd much with voters remains to be seen. Robert White, one of Alexander’s at-large picks, finished a distant third in her ward in November’s general election.
Alexander says she endorsed Todd in part because he’s still willing to be a councilmember after seeing how much work is involved.
“When you really have first-hand knowledge of what goes on as far as the Council seat is concerned and you still want to do it, that speaks volumes,” says Alexander, who mulled getting away from ward-level issues with an at-large run last year.
Closer to her own ward, Alexander says she’s staying out of the even more crowded Ward 8 special election for now.
“In Ward 8, I’m going to wait a minute,” Alexander says.
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