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Tommy Wells Launching Exploratory Committee Monday

Ward 6 Councilmartyr Saint Tommy Wells says he'll be launching an exploratory committee for mayor on Monday, as well as kicking off a more official "listening tour" that night at the Big Chair Coffee & Grill in Anacostia.

It's no secret that Wells has been exploring a run for mayor for quite some time. Launching an exploratory committee just makes it semi-official that Wells will be a candidate the next time there's a mayor's race. And though an exploratory committee doesn't necessarily guarantee a run, Wells tells LL it's "likely" he's going to run for mayor.

While it may seem early for a candidate to start running for a race in 2014 at the beginning of 2013, keep in mind that next year's all-important Democratic primary is set to be held in April— only 15 months away. (That's assuming that the feds aren't going to bring charges against Mayor Vince Gray before then.)

Gray's State of the District speech, speaking of the current mayor, is set for the day after Wells' launch.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

  • Staffer


    they despise his divisive...

  • truth hurts

    DC's had an enormous influx of residents over the past decade. For the most part, they're professional, white and progressive. They're not interested in local DC politics, nor do they vote in local elections. If Wells (or any white candidate) is serious about running for mayor, he/she must register these folks and get them to vote in DC. Otherwise, forget it. No chance.

  • Timmy

    Muriel Bowser will be our next Mayor, unless a well funded outside candidate runs.

  • oldbiddie

    Dear Staffer, I knew what you meant. You probably could also have said 'derisive'.

  • nana

    dino is funny

  • Barrie Daneker

    Run Tommy Run!

  • StrangeFruit

    @ Frank Lee Mahdear,

    You must be one of Wells' delusional exploratory committee members if you believe Wells will hold his own in Wards 4 and 5! These Wards are still majority Black and Wells has a reputation in the Black community as being a segregationist based on his voting record and how he excludes and ignores his Blacks constituents in Ward 6.

    Without a doubt, Wells will lose Wards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 & 8 !

  • JamesWard6

    @#54: Ward Six also if I have anything to do with it.
    I will do everything I can to prevent Wells from being elected Mayor and I'm a White Guy.

  • TakomaNick

    Jimbo - No, I don't work for Wells. I've never even met him. Thanks for impugning my motives though.

    Wells has a huge base of support because people like his policies. He's the biggest progressive on council in a ridiculously Democratic town. He's got a shot.

  • Ward 6 Resident

    The comments in here are staggering. Tommy being mayor would be the best thing that's happened to the city in 40 years...You hate him because he's white? Seriously? You're calling him a "racist"? Grow the hell up.... we have had one crap mayor after the next since that piece of garbage Barry disgraced our city on a National level...and continues to do so by staying in the Council. You'd rather have some crooked fool like Gray or Fenty, than a legitimate professional who cares about the city and its residents. Our city is a mess and needs to be cleaned up.

  • SEis4ME

    Tommy being mayor would be the best thing that's happened to the city in 40 years..

    This marks exhibit A for why people ridicule the lengths supporters go in an effort to defend their candidate. Last I heard, ANTHONY WILLIAMS was the best thing that's happened in 40 years. Fenty and Gray only continued on the path he set forth.

    I have no idea (nor care) if he's a racist. But I do believe Wells as mayor would be a bad thing for the city and launch us right back into the "DC wars" that have somewhat subsided post-Fenty. Absent any charges, Wells would have to convince voters that he will either 1) track a different course than Gray 2)focus on what happened 5 years prior to his run.

    Both are hard things to accomplish, especially if the city continues to be managed well and if Muriel Bowser runs. In that scenario, Gray will likely win by default.

  • StrangeFruit

    @ Ward 6 Resident,

    Evans is also White and there is not one comment calling Evans a racist or segregationist. So your logic doesn't fly.

    Wells is NOT disliked because he is White; Wells has expressed disdain and disregard for Blacks and he will reap what he sowed if he's stupid enough to run for mayor.

  • NE John

    are probes involved in this exploratory

  • Sick of it

    I will never vote for Tommy Wells- doesn't seem smart or having done anything of real merit. His record on council weak in terms of oversight. Seems like an opportunist.

    Jack Evans is all about self and could care less about residents unless convenient. With his non oversight of CFO's office - he's definitely part of the problem.

    Need someone above it all to run. Time for new and fresh leadership.

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