Independent At-Large Councilmember David Catania hasn’t announced yet whether he’ll run for mayor in the general election, but here’s a sign that he’s getting closer to making a bid. Ben Young, Catania’s Council chief of staff, left his job Monday to work on Catania’s exploratory committee.

Young, who ran Catania’s 2006 and 2010 re-election campaigns, will be working on setting up Catania for a potential candidacy.

“If David decides to run, he’s going to need to be ready,” Young tells LL.

Catania’s exploratory committee raised $116,460 in the fundraising period ending on Jan. 31, spending only $3,661 of it on a website, leaving it with $112,799 cash on hand.

Catania got some more good news Tuesday, with his D.C. Promise Act to provide as much as $60,000 in college tuition to some District students passing its first Council vote unanimously. Potential mayoral rival Jack Evans tried to postpone the bill over concerns that it would affect a federal tuition program, but his motion to delay it only garnered the support of mayoral hopefuls Muriel Bowser and Vincent Orange. (The Washington Post editorial board, LL can’t help but notice, also urged the Council to wait.)

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