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Ward 6 Councilmember and would-be Mayor Tommy Wells will take his campaign to Reddit this week, with an Ask Me Anything discussion scheduled for Sunday. Which got us thinking: What would be the social networks of choice for other local political figures?

Marion Barry

Who: Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry

What: Twitter

Why: From old SNCC photos to live updates on Scandal, Barry’s Twitter feed is already one of the best in the District.

Jack Evans

Who: Ward 2 Councilmember (and mayoral candidate) Jack Evans

What: Pinterest

Why: Evans loves photos of celebrities, politicians, local bigwigs—anyone, really, as long as they’re posing with Evans. The 266 photos on his John A. Wilson Building office wall are perfect for the image-heavy site. Plus, he can collect ideas for new office furniture.

Muriel Bowser

Who: Ward 4 Councilmember (and mayoral candidate) Muriel Bowser

What: LinkedIn

Why: Bowser’s businesslike, on-message mayoral campaign would fit right in with the corporate-focused networking site. (But will voters ignore her appeals like users do connection requests?)

Ron Moten

Who: Former Adrian Fenty confidante Ron Moten

What: Soundcloud

Why: Moten’s “Go-Go for Fenty” campaign put out some of D.C.’s best new music during the 2010 election, even if the anthem “Don’t Leave Us Fenty” didn’t turn out to move many votes.

Vince Gray

Who: Mayor Vince Gray


Why: It calls itself a “diverse community of baseball players, coaches, parents and instructors.” Where better for the ex-pro-prospect mayor to distract himself from federal investigations?

David Grosso

Who: At-Large Councilmember David Grosso


Why: “Social networking for pot smokers and stoners,” Headbuzz will let Grosso reconnect with his youthful days following the Grateful Dead around the country (and getting busted on a misdemeanor weed charge in Florida 20 years ago).

Photos by Darrow Montgomery

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