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At-large council incumbent Carol Schwartz‘ campaign might just be a couple of weeks old, but she’s wasted no time finding prime office space: LL over the weekend spotted Schwartz signs above a 7-Eleven at the corner of 12th and U Streets NW.

This, of course, is rival Dee Hunter‘s stomping grounds; the border of the district he represents as an advisory neighborhood commissioner starts a block up 12th Street. Hunter, natch, called up LL yesterday to point it out.

“I think it’s a smart decision on her part, because no one knows who she is the neighborhood,” he says.

Hunter continued the trash-talking, pointing out Schwartz’ plastic banners and signs recycled from her last campaign: “Her headquarters is really an eyesore. We don’t tolerate that kind of stuff hanging from buildings around here. It does not fit the neighborhood at all.”

Hunter, of course, pointed to the sharp backlighted sign on his own (empty) headquarters, a block and a half away at 1318 U St. NW, as something more in keeping with the surroundings:

Hunter had better watch it—-Schwartz has clearly been eying a possible run from him for years, having been slowing inching onto the happy Hunter grounds: For her 1996 mayoral run, she had her headquarters downtown. Then, for runs in 1998 and 2000, she occupied a building at 7th Street and New York Avenue NW (now occupied by the Jack Evans campaign). The 2002 tilt took her to upper Georgia Avenue NW, and in 2004 HQ was on the 900 block of U Street, according to Schwartz aide John Abbot.

Abbot also notes that mail service has begun and the Schwartz campaign would be happy to accept any checks at 1115 U St. NW, Suite 201.

Note: LL is taking a pre-campaign-season constitutional the remainder of this week and next. He’ll see you all at the Palisades July 4 parade and back on City Desk on July 7.