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29 candidates file for Sept. 12 primary ballot

(Published July 17, 2000)

Twenty-nine candidates have filed nominating petitions, seeking to have their names included among candidates on their respective political party’s primary election ballot on Sept. 12.

Running in the Democratic Party’s primary will be incumbent Harold Brazil and challenger Don Folden Sr. for an at-large seat on the D.C. City Council.

In Ward 2, Ray Avrutis, John Fanning and Pete Ross will challenge incumbent Jack Evans’ re-election effort.

In the Ward 4 race, Adrian Fenty and Dwight E. Singleton have filed to take on longtime incumbent Council-woman Charlene Jarvis.

In the Ward 7 council race, incumbent Kevin P. Chavous is being challenged by Gary R. Feenster, Durand A. Ford, Robert B. Hunter and Mary D. Jackson.

In Ward 8, incumbent Sandra Allen is being challenged by Winifred Freeman, Dion Jordan and Sandra Seegars.

Incumbent "shadow" U.S. senator Florence Pendleton will be challenged in the primary by Arthur H. Jackson.

Ray Browne is running unopposed for the Democratic nomination to seek the "shadow" U.S. representative post.

In the Republican Party primary, incumbent At-large Councilwoman Carol Schwartz will be challenged by Chris Ray.

The D.C. Statehood Green Party and the Umoja Party have fielded several candidates for office who have no primary challengers.

Running on the D.C. Statehood Green Party ballot will be Arturo Griffiths for at-large member of the D.C. City Council, Tom Briggs for Ward 2 council member, Renee Bowser for the Ward 4 council seat and Martin Thomas for the "shadow" U.S. representative post.

On the Umoja Party ballot, Rahim Jenkins is seeking an at-large seat on the city council and Kalonji T. Olusegun is seeking the "shadow" U.S. representative position.

Challenges to signatures on nominating petitions may be filed with the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics until 5 p.m. July 17.

Candidates who are found to have collected a sufficient number of valid signatures on their petition for the office they are seeking will be certified as candidates by the elections board and their names will be placed on their respective political party’s primary election ballot.

Candidates who win their party’s nomination in the Sept. 12 primary will appear on the Nov. 7 general election ballot.

For more information, call the D.C. elections board at (202) 727-2525 or visit the board’s Web site at

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