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When Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans launches his mayoral campaign Saturday in front of Le Diplomate, the tony new French bistro on 14th Street NW, Washington will have three declared candidates for next year’s mayoral contest. Highlighting Logan Circle’s growth over the course of Evans’ 22 years as its councilmember, the backdrop isn’t a surprising choice. Neither was Muriel Bowser’s decision to kick off her campaign in front of her childhood home, much like her political benefactor Adrian Fenty did at the start of his successful 2006 run.
Of the current declared candidates, Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells may have packed the most symbolism into his launch at the intersection of Bladensburg Road and H Street NE. The campaign announcement took place near the convergence of Ward 6—whose H Street corridor has seen economic growth during Wells’ years in office—and wards 5 and 7, to whose poorer residents Wells will have to make an appeal. Setting his kickoff by the tracks of the streetcar Wells championed was no accident, either.
Is there a best way to launch a campaign? A look at the last several mayoral cycles reveals no clear path. Churches are popular, but so are campaign headquarters and high schools. In a pinch, of course, a street corner will do. 1994
Marion Barry* May 21, 1994 Coolidge High School 6315 5th St. NW
Sharon Pratt Kelly June 11, 1994 Lincoln Theatre 1215 U St. NW
John Ray May 21, 1994 McKinley Senior High School 151 T St. NE
Anthony Williams* June 1, 1998 Lutheran Church of the Holy Comforter 3319 Alabama Ave. SE
Kevin P. Chavous
Jan. 25, 1998 Allen Chapel AME Church 2498 Alabama Ave SE.
Jack Evans May 30, 1998 Kennedy Playground 1401 7th St. NW
Mar. 17, 1998
Office of Campaign Finance —
Anthony Williams* June 22, 2002 Campaign headquarters 7th Street and New York Avenue NW
Willie Wilson Aug. 12, 2002 D.C. General Hospital 1900 Massachusetts Ave. SE —
Linda Cropp Sept. 7, 2005 14th and U streets NW
Adrian Fenty* June 1, 2005 Childhood home Mount Pleasant —
Adrian Fenty April 10, 2010 Campaign headquarters at Georgia and Missouri avenues NW
Vince Gray* March 30, 2010 Frank D. Reeves Center 2000 14th St. NW
Muriel Bowser March 23, 2013 Childhood home
Tommy Wells May 18, 2013 Starburst Plaza H Street and Bladensburg Road NE
Jack Evans June 8, 2013 Near Le Diplomate 14th and Q streets NW
Photo by Jessica Sidman