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Who's running?

Primary candidates file petitions

(Published July 15, 2002)

Incumbents Eleanor Holmes Norton, Linda Cropp and David Catania face no opposition in their bids to get their respective political party’s nomination to run for re-election in the November general election.

Democrat Norton will be seeking another term as the District’s delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives. Cropp, also a Democrat, is seeking re-election as chairman of the D.C. City Council, while Republican Catania seeks re-election to an at-large council seat.

All other incumbents running in the Sept. 10 primary will face at least one challenger.

On the Democratic Party side, Mayor Anthony A. Williams leads the field of eight candidates seeking nomination to run for mayor.

Among the mayor’s challengers are former councilman Douglas E. Moore and Ward 8 Democratic State Committee-man Arthur H. Jackson Jr. Also seeking the mayor’s post as Democrats are James W. Clark, Faith, Tricia Kinch, Jim Montgomery and Osie L. Thorpe.

Incumbent At-Large Council-man Phil Mendelson faces a primary challenge from Al-Malik Farrakhan, Mahdi M. Shabazz, D. C. Board of Education member Dwight E. Singleton and Beverly Wilbourn.

Ward 1 Councilman Jim Graham is being challenged by Da’Nita R. Brown, Tony DePass, Dee Hunter, Hector Rodriguez and Shelore A.C. Williams.

Ward 3 Councilwoman Kathy Patterson faces a head-to-head challenge from Erik S. Gaull.

Ward 5 Councilman Vincent Orange is being opposed in the primary by Harry Thomas Jr., the son of the late councilman Orange defeated four years ago, and by Lawrence J. Mullin.

Ward 6 Councilwoman Sharon Ambrose faces a head-to-head contest with Keith A. Perry.

Shadow Sen. Paul Strauss will be challenged by Billie Day, John Harvey, James Nickerson III and Pete Ross.

Shadow Rep. Ray Browne will be opposed by Susana Baranano.

On the Republican Party side, the GOP has failed to field a candidate for mayor this year.

Republican Eric Rojo faces no challenge in his bid for his party’s nomination to seek the Ward 3 council seat. Edward H. Wolterbeek also faces no contest to get the Republican nomination to seek the Ward 5 council seat.

Member of the D.C. State-hood Green Party, like the GOP, will go to the polls on Primary Election Day to annoint their party’s nominees without opposition. Running for mayor is Steve Donkin. Michele Tingling-Clemmons is running for an at-large council seat, Edward C. Troy is seeking the Ward 1 council seat, party chairwoman Jenefer Ellingston is running for the Ward 6 council seat, ANC Commissioner Joyce Robinson-Paul is running for shadow senator and Adam Eidinger is seeking the shadow representative position.

The D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics currently is reviewing nominating petitions and must certify that candidates have filed the legally required number of valid signatures of voters registered as members of their political party before candidates’ names are placed on the Sept. 10 primary ballot.

Winners of the primary races will be placed on the Nov. 5 general election ballot.

Candidates seeking "direct access" to the November ballot – those who are not affiliated with any of the three major political parties in the District – also have begun gathering petition signatures. Non-partisan races on the November ballot include three D.C. Board of Education seats, including the presidency, and all of the District’s Advisory Neighborhood Commission seats will be up for election.

A spokesman for the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics said elections officials still need about 300 more workers to man the polls on Election Day in September. More information is available by calling the elections board office at (202) 727-2525.

D.C. residents have until Aug. 12 to register to vote in the September primary or to change their voter registration for the primary. Voter registration applications may be obtained at all D.C. police and fire stations, public libraries and at the Board of Elections office at One Judiciary Square, 441 Fourth St. NW. Applications must be postmarked by Aug. 12 for voters to be eligible to cast ballots in the primary.

Only voters who are registered as members of the Democratic, Republican or D.C. Statehood Green parties are eligible to cast ballots in the primary.

Residents who miss the registration deadline for the primary can still vote Nov. 5 if they register by the Oct. 7 deadline.

Copyright 2002, The Common Denominator