The 2014 mayor’s race has its first candidate who isn’t on the D.C. Council: Reta Lewis, a former employee of the State Department and the Clinton administration.
Beyond promising to make D.C. “the world-class city we deserve,” Lewis’ websitedoesn’t reveal much about her campaign. LL asked Lewis for more information, but hasn’t heard back (update: see Lewis’ comment below).
Lewis worked as a special assistant during Bill Clinton‘s time in the White House, and just left her job as the State Department’s “special representative for global intergovernmental affairs.” In 1991, Lewis worked as the chief of staff for the District’s Department of Public Works.
With a resume like that, Lewis is positioned to make a run as a Wilson Building outsider. But maybe not that outside: Records show she’s given $2,700 to D.C. politicians, including Adrian Fenty, Kwame Brown, and Muriel Bowser.
More notably, Lewis worked at law firm Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge from 2007 to 2010, the same time that disgraced Councilmember Michael Brown did. Lewis gave $750 to her one-time colleague’s campaign in 2008.
Update, 5:00 p.m.: LL just got off the phone with Lewis, who is very nice but also very tight-lipped.
Here’s Lewis’ position on the District’s corruption scandals: ‘I don’t really have enough details to comment on what’s taking place right now.”
And her position on Mayor (and potential competitor) Vince Gray: “Right now, I want to talk about the future.”
Lewis promises to reveal more after a listening tour around the city, which she hopes will help her comparative lack of name recognition in the District. “I am the only candidate that has never ran before, so it’s going to be important for someone like me,” Lewis tells LL.