Elissa Silverman
Elissa Silverman Credit: Photograph by Darrow Montgomery

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The race to replace David Catania in one of the D.C. Council’s at-large seats reserved for minority parties is getting even more crowded. This week, the field got two progressive candidates.

Rev. Graylan Hagler, the preacher who never missed an opportunity to slam Vince Gray over the Large Retailer Accountability Act, tells LL that he’ll run in the race as an independent. Among Hagler’s issues: whether mayoral control of schools should be re-evaluated, and legislators who ignore their constituents to meet with lobbyists.

“If you spend time down at the Wilson Building, you see that,” Hagler says.

Competing with Hagler for votes will (probably) be Elissa Silverman, a spokeswoman for the left-leaning D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute and one of LL’s predecessors at Washington City Paper. Silverman, who came in second behind Anita Bonds in an April 2013 special at-large election, told supporters in an email that she’s leaving her job April 11 to mull a bid. But LL doesn’t think she’d be quitting if she wasn’t running.

Silverman says she saw the policies like banning corporate contributions and increasing the minimum wage she pushed in her special election run adopted by recent candidates like mayoral primary victor Muriel Bowser.

“The first time I ran, it was impetuous,” Silverman tells LL. “I was angry about ethics. I was angry that campaigns weren’t about ideas.”

Silverman says she’s already switched her registration from Democrat to independent.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery