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The D.C. Council at-large candidates have emerged from their grueling interviews with Current newspapers publisher Davis Kennedy, but only two can get his editorial board’s endorsement—-and the potential wards 2 and 3 votes that it brings. In an editorial out today, the Current endorses Councilmember Anita Bonds and Robert White for the two seats.
While Bonds wins Kennedy’s favor for changing her mind and opposing the Large Retailer Accountability Act (a longtime litmus test for Kennedy’s support, even a year after it failed), the second endorsement appears to have come down between White, Brian Hart, and Eric Jones. But White wins in the end:
We tend to side with him where [White] and Mr. Hart differ on key issues, and he also has broad experience in city citywide and neighborhood issues, thanks to his posts with Del. [Eleanor Holmes] Norton and as president of the Brightwood Park Citizens Association. Mr. White also impressed us in a lengthy interview with his breadth of knowledge, and we appreciate that the three sitting councilmembers who have made an endorsement for Mr. Catania’s seat—Ward 5’s Kenyan McDuffie, Ward 7’s Yvette Alexander and at-large member David Grosso—all favor him.
While White, Hart, and Jones all get positive mentions, Rev. Graylan Hagler‘s idea to spend down the District’s healthy reserves is called one of several “positions that simply don’t make any sense to us.” But the largest slams are reserved for Elissa Silverman, whom the editorial calls the best-informed candidate but criticizes for (what else?) supporting the LRAA. The editorial continues:
Furthermore, several current members of the council have told us they feel she is too ideological to compromise and work successfully with her colleagues. Three sitting council members have endorsed one of her opponents in the race. Because we think sort of collaboration is crucial to getting things done on the council, we can’t endorse Ms. Silverman.
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