Ward 8 Councilmember Trayon White
Ward 8 Councilmember Trayon White Credit: Darrow Montgomery

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Ward 8 Councilmember Trayon White will remain a mayoral candidate and his name will appear on the Democratic primary ballot after all. The D.C. Board of Elections ruled late Friday afternoon that Trayon White had collected enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot and a signature challenge At-Large Councilmember and fellow mayoral candidate Robert White initiated failed.

Several familiar faces appeared at the hearing, including attorney Ari Theresa, who represented Trayon White, and Christie White, Robert White’s wife, who represented her husband’s campaign manager, Luz Martínez.

After the hearing, the board entered a closed executive session to discuss the challenge. During that time, Trayon White shared his thoughts about the matter on Twitter.

@RobertWhite_DC you should be ashamed of that weak witch hunt you went on to silence democracy of brown and black people. I thought you were better than that slim. Just drop out now, it’s up! Power to the People!,” he wrote. “‘If God be for you, who can be against you’ . Rom. 8:31.”

In response to the board’s decision, Martínez also took to Twitter, writing “Over half of Trayon’s signatures were invalid and the Board of Elections agreed. Challenging signatures is common. Staying focused.”

Buckle up, voters. There are less than 9 weeks from primary election day. Expect tensions to remain high until then.

Caroline Jones (tips? cjones@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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