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The showdown LL’s been waiting for is on: at-large D.C. Council incumbent Carol Schwartz will debate Republican challenger Patrick Mara. The throwdown will be happening next Thursday on Newschannel 8’s NewsTalk program, hosted by Bruce DePuyt.

LL called up DePuyt to get his thoughts: “I think it’s fascinating that you have the party backing one candidate [Schwartz] and you have the downtown interests backing this upstart challenger….We don’t have much experience with a Republican primary in D.C. We don’t know a lot about them politically.”

DePuyt says he’s expecting a interesting tête-à-tête: “How does he attack her, how does she defend, in the context of a Republican primary race?”