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Since Tommy Wells chose running for mayor over hanging on to his Ward 6 D.C. Council post, he’s scheduled to leave the Wilson Building with fellow lame duck Jim Graham in January. Instead, though, Wells could end up just switching seats. With David Catania giving up his at-large seat to launch his own mayoral run, Wells says he’s considering running for Catania’s old seat.
If Wells opts to compete for the minority party set-aside at-large seat, which (since he missed the Democratic primary) is his only option for remaining on the Council, he’ll have to switch his party registration to independent. Among Wells’ competition if he makes the leap: Rev. Graylan Hagler, second-place 2013 at-large race candidate Elissa Silverman, the owner of a Logan Circle wine bar, ex- Eleanor Holmes Norton staffer Robert White, an Adams Morgan ANC commissioner, and probably five more people by the time LL is done writing this.
Wells, who’s heard from people urging him to run, says he’ll make his decision in the next 45 days. If he opts not to run, Wells says he’s trying to figure out how he can involve Anacostia River cleanup or the streetcar line in his post-Council career.
“I don’t have sense of being incomplete or undone,” Wells says.
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