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While last month’s Democratic primary may have been main course for those who devour local political news, there’s still next month’s general election. At-Large Councilmember David Catania, an Independent who won a special election as a Republican in 1997, is expected to easily win re-election on Nov. 2.
In the October edition of the InTowner, the monthly reiterates its words from 13 years ago when it was the first newspaper to endorse him:
Since he first joined the Council in 1997, as we wrote when we strongly endorsed him as a very effective member in his re-election bid four years ago, we praised him for his “dogged determination, aggressively looking out for the interests of all citizens, not just those who pay lots of taxes . . . but also for the less well-off and often ignored citizens who feel left out and abandoned, especially with regard to what should be basic ‘safety net’ services like health care. For those less fortunate, David Catania has been a champion truly striving to bring about better services where they matter.
Read more of the newspaper’s endorsement here.
In other Catania-related news, during this weekend’s big Human Rights Campaign dinner at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, HRC President Joe Solmonese mentioned Catania, who is one of the council’s two openly gay members, and Vincent Gray, the District’s presumptive mayor-elect, in his speech. Catania and Gray are both big supporters of same-sex marriage rights in the District.
Catania also had a small cameo in the season finale of the Real Housewives of D.C., where, according to The Washington Post, the councilmember “used his camera time to advocate for gay marriage.”