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Republican Pat Mara just announced on Newstalk with Bruce DePuyt his candidacy for the special election in April for an at-large D.C. Council seat. Mara is hoping that that the third time is the charm, as he’s run unsuccessfully for an at-large seat in 2008 and 2011.

Mara had some level of success in both races—he beat incumbent Carol Schwartz in the Republican primary in 2008 and came in a close second against a well-funded Vincent Orange in 2011. That track record makes him a serious challenger in what will likely be a crowded field, including the recently appointed interim At-Large Councilmember Anita Bonds.

“This old guard contracting is evil,” Mara said on Newstalk, giving a glimpse of what kind of issues he’ll be raising on the stump speech.

Around the exact same time that Mara announced his candidacy, Brianne Nadeau, a former ANC commissioner, officially announced her intention to run for the Ward 1 council seat currently held by Jim Graham, who has not said whether he seeks to run for re-election. In an emailed statement announcing her campaign, Nadeau strikes a tone similar to Mara’s.

“For more than a decade, we have seen the community leadership structures in Ward 1– from neighborhood associations, to ANCs to the Democratic Party – systematically broken down and co-opted through the worst, most blatant sort of political power games,” Nadeau says.

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