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Councilmember Anita Bonds credited broad support among elected officials, labor groups, and longtime D.C. political activists for helping her win the at-large special election tonight and hold on to the seat that she was appointed to last year.

“It took all of us, every little drop every little piece,” Bonds told supporters tonight at the Channel Inn while flanked by several councilmembers and Mayor Vince Gray.

The mayor and assembled councilmembers, which included mayoral hopefuls Jack Evans and Muriel Bowser, appeared jubilant at Bonds’ victory. Evans was part of a makeshift conga line with Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry and Bonds, who danced into the victory party to “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now.”

Gray, who did not endorse a candidate in the election, gave a rousing introduction, calling her “outstanding” and “hardworking.”

“If there ever was a candidate who deserved to win,” Gray said, “it’s Anita Bonds.”

Anyone looking forward to another citywide election, fear not: The primaries for mayor, D.C. Council chairman, attorney general, and two at-large seats (including the one that Bonds won tonight) are set for April 1, 2014, a mere 342 days away.

Photo by Alan Suderman