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If you want to knock off an incumbent D.C. councilmember, it never hurts to start campaigning early. Kwame “Fully Loaded” Brown did it when he beat Harold Brazil in 2004. And newly elected David Grosso spent more than a year campaigning in his successful bid to unseat Councilmember Michael Brown.

Now comes former ANC Commissioner Brianne Nadeau, who is being feted at a fundraiser next week in advance of her plans to launch a campaign next month for the Ward 1 seat currently held by Councilmember Jim Graham. That, at least, is what the invite to the fundraiser says; Nadeau says she has no announcements to make at this time, though she does have what sure looks like a campaign website and Facebook page up.

The fundraising letter, written by a friend of Nadeau’s, says the potential Ward 1 candidate is “young, progressive, [and a] social change maker who aims to clean up the D.C. Council and would bring some much-needed integrity to the body.” (If that sounds familiar, it’s because that’s almost exactly how Grosso just positioned himself.)

The letter says that Nadeau wants to make a strong showing when she announces her campaign and wants to raise as much as possible prior to Dec. 15.

If she does, indeed, enter the race, it’s unclear who Nadeau’s opponents will be. It’s not a given that Graham will run again, and liberal hipster darling Bryan Weaver may decide to run for the seat again after losing to Graham in 2010.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery