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LL wondered in yesterday’s column whether candidates in Ward 1 could throw the race to incumbent councilmember Jim Graham, if he does decide to run. Right on cue, the race now has a third challenger.

Beverley Wheeler, an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University and education consultant, filed papers with the Office of Campaign Finance yesterday. Wheeler, a 23-year resident of the ward, previously worked as the executive director of the District’s State Board of Education and as chief of staff for then-At-Large councilmember Phil Mendelson.

Wheeler says she’s confident that she can compete with her opponents, Bryan Weaver and Brianne Nadeau, despite her later start. LL will believe that when he sees the campaign finance filings.

As for Graham, Wheeler generously frames her run for his seat as a chance to give him a break from the ethics travails that earned him a D.C. Council reprimand in February. “He needs to take care of himself,” she says.

Photo courtesy Beverley Wheeler