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Meet the new boss of the D.C. Democratic State Committee…
Same as the old boss: Anita Bonds held off a challenge from Ward 6’s Betty Smalls at the first meeting of local Dems since the Sept. 9 elections, held last night at the Wilson Building.
Bonds and supporters had for the most part held off a challenge from a competing slate in the elections, Obama4UnityBeatsMcCain. While the slate won several seats in ward committee races, it was routed in the at-large races, pushing several of the committee’s most active members out of office.
If anything, Bonds consolidated her control, with Ward 5 ally Jim Berry winning election as vice chair. He replaces Jeff Richardson, who was chair of the Obama4Unity slate and did not win re-election as an at-large committee member.
In other news, Ward 2’s Dan Wedderburn, without opposition, was elected treasurer, replacing Ward 1’s Lenwood Johnson, who had come under fire in recent months for not filing fiscal reports to the membership at recent meetings and not filing required reports to the city campaign finance office. Early in the meeting, DCDSC staffer David Meadows noted that Johnson had not showed at a pair of meetings held in recent days to go over the group’s books. Johnson, who remains a committee member, was at last night’s meeting.