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Former Ward 1 D.C. Council candidate Bryan Weaver says he’s giving himself the next week to decide whether to poop or get off the pot.
Some members of D.C.’s progressive voting bloc are trying to get Weaver to run in April’s special election for the at-large D.C. Council seat. So far, the effort has a website and has raised $280.
Weaver says the campaign to draft him, spearheaded by former DCist contributor Dave Stroup, is “humbling” and “flattering,” but he’s not ready to dive in just yet. Why? Because running for council is a bear.
Weaver says he hardly saw his two young kids during his failed attempt to unseat Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham. He also gained 8 to 10 pounds eating all sorts of fried food that’s typically served at candidate forums and meet-and-greets. Not to mention, Weaver adds, being a politcial candidate means being the target of a certain level of unpleasant animosity from your opponent’s supporters.
There’s also the fact that Weaver only got 21 percent of the vote for all his troubles.
But then again, LL wouldn’t be surprised if Weaver did decide to run. Get Weaver going on the entrenched interests behind the D.C. Democratic State Committee’s election of Sekou Biddle last week (“the worst elements of insider politics”), and it sounds like he’s ready to start shaking hands and asking for votes at the nearest Metro stop.
Weaver says the next week deadline for deciding whether to run is one of necessity: If he doesn’t start collecting the 3,000 required signatures soon, there won’t be a point in running. (The deadline to submit signatures is Feb. 16.) So stay tuned…