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Anita Bonds Wins D.C. Council Special Election

Anita Bonds Wins D.C. Council Special Election

Councilmember Anita Bonds credited broad support among elected officials, labor groups, and longtime D.C. political activists for helping her win the at-large special election tonight and hold on to the seat that she was appointed to last year.

"It took all of us, every little drop every little piece," Bonds told supporters tonight at the Channel Inn while flanked by several councilmembers and Mayor Vince Gray.

The mayor and assembled councilmembers, which included mayoral hopefuls Jack Evans and Muriel Bowser, appeared jubilant at Bonds' victory. Evans was part of a makeshift conga line with Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry and Bonds, who danced into the victory party to "Ain't No Stopping Us Now."

Gray, who did not endorse a candidate in the election, gave a rousing introduction, calling her "outstanding" and "hardworking."

"If there ever was a candidate who deserved to win," Gray said, "it's Anita Bonds."

Anyone looking forward to another citywide election, fear not: The primaries for mayor, D.C. Council chairman, attorney general, and two at-large seats (including the one that Bonds won tonight) are set for April 1, 2014, a mere 342 days away.

Photo by Alan Suderman

  • truth hurts

    If Dirty Harry wasn't in jail and Kwame Brown wasn't under house arrest, they'd be in the photo too. Where's Wilmot? Surely he was in the house. After all,he's the pay to play money man lobbyist who helped pay for this hoedown. One City!

  • FormerBrownSupporter

    CONGRATULATIONS ANITA!!

  • candycane1

    Congratulations Anita!!

  • JGK

    I voted for Elissa. Having said that, I know it's anathema to many, but better Bonds than Mara. I'm disappointed for Elissa, but I can certainly live w/ this result.

  • Mac G

    The crony establishment gets another corporate lackey pole because opponents were divided. Michael Brown dropping out helps deliver the victory to Bonds while Matthew Frumin refusing to do something similar for Elissa could have helped Silverman prevail. Oh well, so it goes. Silverman still displayed that she has a future in city politics and tapped into a new segment of city. Gutty campaign. Bonds went the race route to divide and it paid off, for now.

  • sticktoyourguns

    another sad day in dc politics

  • bryan danielson

    I don't get the logic of "better Bonds than Mara." Sure Mara is allied with some goofball conservative groups, but any impact they would have in a heavily Democratic city like DC is negligible while Bonds is a corporate shill who has direct tied with firms that actually do have real, legitimate influence in DC.

  • bryan danielson

    Also, wow that picture. Has anyone ever seen a bigger lineup of crooks?

  • tony

    It's a good day for black Washingtonians.

  • W52W3

    Oh the beauty of being anonymous of the internet, you can say whatever racist thing you want without consequence. Guess what? It is okay to vote for someone JUST because they are African-American. You have nothing but a bunch of white people in office because white people wanted to vote for their own. So you want to talk bad about D.C. politics, how about you talk about the 50 states that have Senators and Congress members who are bought and paid for by lobbyists? We're a super sorry state of affairs because white people are bought and paid for by other white people. And you want to get mad at D.C., get over yourselves.

  • Mr.Remember

    51% AA comes in handy doesn't it?

  • Mr.Remember

    If you look at the picture, it is about 51% AA.

  • cutthecrap

    Resident in Ward 2, 3, and 6 have been voting the race route for years and nobody (WaPo, Jim Vance, MacG, and other idiots) says a word. What's really wrong with this city is the "do as I say, not as I do" attitude.

    Quit your whining and just say congratulations to Anita...#sorelosers

  • Rake

    Ugh. What a bad day for "all" Washingtonians. After all, who was the last person that Vince said "deserved to win" - why, HTJ, that's who!

    Looking at the picture that accompanies this article - taking away McDuffie (at least I think that's him), the pic could very well be titled "This is why we can't have nice things".

  • Heinz Doofenshmirtz

    Funny picture....it's the usual suspects.

    Laughing all the way to the bank.

  • tony

    @W52W3, you are right on point.

  • http://www.RonaldRHanna.com SEAuthor

    Glad to see at least a representative of those who voted. The view from "across the bridge" (Anacostia) was growing dim. Hold on! Change is coming!

  • Angelina

    Congrats Anita!!!!

  • Elder Williams

    It is a sad day when we can't be glad for those who the voters endorse via election. Nevertheless, it does not matter what the naysayers say or think. If GOD be for you, who can be against you. Anita, I am very proud of the work that you have done. Continue to do what GOD has called you to do.

    Be encouraged.

  • IAmNotALiberalDemocrat

    I didn't vote for any of these candidates because I didn't find them worth voting for. I was going to vote for Anita Bonds just because she's black. She too supports illegal aliens right to work in the District of Columbia.

  • IAmNotALiberalDemocrat

    Correction:

    I wasn't going to vote for Anita Bonds just because she's black.

  • IAmNotALiberalDemocrat

    W52W3, I concur with your comments. White folks vote for people that have the same skin color and white politicians are corrupt and owned by lobbyists.

  • Bob

    @ Tony who wrote: "It's a good day for black Washingtonians."

    Do you really think so? I'd say it's a good day for Fort Meyer Construction Co., one of DC's largest public contractors, which has its own lobbyist on the Council. (Not even the shameless Vincent Orange works for PEPCO anymore.) I'd say it's a good day for that old DC corrupt-klepto political culture that so dis-serves the people of Washington, DC (the poor, especially), while lavishly rewarding insiders and their friends. I'd say it's a bad day for DC democracy, when a tired hack is able to hornswaggle her way, Dick Cheney-style, into office by controlling the selection process (in her case as DC Democratic chair) and then "wins" with less than 1/3 of the vote in a low turnout election (or with approx. 3% support of the voting age population of the city). Go "Barry" Bonds!

  • FormerBrownSupporter

    myopic litte twits are mad today!! LOL! hahaha! Better Bonds than Mara is soo true!!

  • Innovation

    The picture looks like Barry won the At-Large seat. Hahah

  • FormerBrownSupporter

    It is a great day for black washingtonians today! Now we can address affrodable housing, Rent control, crime, job training programs, ex offender programs, Youth empowerment programs, summer jobs, afterschool year round programs for youth. MYOPIC LITTLE TWITS ARE SO SAD TODAY! Never underestimate the power of Anita Bonds and the Blacks the city!
    One city! In the words of Nene Leakes..."BLOOP!"

  • Smh

    Quick question:

    What makes you think "affordable housing, Rent control, crime, job training programs, ex offender programs, Youth empowerment programs, summer jobs, afterschool year round programs for youth" will finally be addressed with Anita Bonds in office??? Why couldn't these things be addressed with all the other councilmembers who are still in office, some for a very long time?

    If you keep voting in the status quo, when will you wake up and realize your expectations have never been met?

  • truth hurts

    Check out Mendo's body language. Only person not touching any of the others. Too funny!

    OK, so lobbyist, corporate money won again -- by a hair. Too bad. If it had to happen, though, far better the lobbyist/corporate backed Democrat won rather than the lobbyist/corporate backed Republican who thinks like Romney/Ryan. Don't care whether he/she's black, white, latino, asian, gay or straight.

  • Bob

    @Former Brown Supporter: And, how exactly do you propose to pay for all the "Rent control, crime, job training programs, ex offender programs, Youth empowerment programs, summer jobs, afterschool year round programs for youth"? Particularly when you consider the theft a la Harry Thomas Jr. and the non-payment of taxes a la Michael ("You've done a heckuva job") Brown, DC's coffers aren't exactly overflowing.

  • FormerBrownSupporter

    I don't talk to myopic little twits..."bloop"

  • Bob

    Innovation wrote: "The picture looks like Barry won the At-Large seat. Hahah"

    That's because he basically did. The ex-Mayor-for-Life is her mentor. How do you think Anita got the nickname "Barry Bonds"?!

  • Really?

    @Bob...McDean and was living la vida loca until Davy wise up and saw that the cash cow was education. And Jack-in-the-box can float that Patton Boggs gig which provides a nice cushion for dem triplets at $30k (plus) to attend the crème de la crème of schools in dc (and this is before the wife).

    Rules for ya’ll and rules for us are in full effect.

  • distracted

    Um, still a little confused by one thing. Aren't there more outstanding absentee ballots that haven't yet been counted than the reported margin of victory by Bonds? Are my numbers off, or has a sampling of these ballots occurred but not yet been reported?

  • FormerBrownSupporter

    @ NOODLEZ I AGREE 100%

    WINNERS OF 2013 SPECIAL ELECTION:
    BONDS: MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU! SUCH A NICE LADY WHO CARES ABOUT THE PEOPLE!! SHE WILL FIGHT FOR affrodable housing, Rent control, crime, job training programs, ex offender programs, Youth empowerment programs, summer jobs, afterschool year round programs for youth.

    BLACK POLITICAL POWER:
    DON'T CALL IT A COME BACK. WE SHOWED THAT WE STILL GOT THE JUICE! WE STILL NEED FRIENDLY WHITE PROGRESSIVES(CHEH, GRAHAM,MENDELSON) FROM TIME TO TIME TO PASS A PEOPLE'S AGENDA.THERE VOTES MAKE UP FOR THE LOSS OF FAKE PROGRESSIVE WELLS, GRUSSO, AND FAKE BLACK WOMAN BOWSER. NOW IS THE TIME TO DISCUSS THE NEEDS OF WARDS 5,7, 8.

    SILVERMAN: I ACTUALLY HOPE SHE TAKES OUT WELLS IN W6! SHE IS MORE LIBERAL THAN WELLS. WELLS IS AN CONSERVATIVE DEM

    LOSERS:

    WASHINGTON POST:
    CITY PAPER ENDORSEMENT IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN POST. NOBODY GIVE A FUCK WHO THE POST ENDORSES.
    POST ENDORSED FENTY...HE LOST
    POST ENDORSED TIM DAY IN WARD 5 LAST YEAR...HE CAME IN 4TH...*4TH*
    POST ENDORSEMENT MEANS YOU WILL SURLY LOSE AND IT IS THE KISS OF DEATH.

    VOTER TURN OUT:
    WARD 8 HAD ONLY 4% TURN OUT CITY AVERAGE WAS 9.76% ANITA COULD HAVE WON BY MUCH MORE THEN WHAT SHE CURRENTLY HAS. BLACK ESTABLISHMENT TAKE NOTE TURN OUR PEOPLE OUT IN HIGHER NUMBERS NEXT TIME!!

    AND LASTLY
    MARA: ONCE, TWICE, THREE TIMES A BAMA!

  • Mahdi Leroy J. Thorpe, Jr.

    Black people in DC have stop voting for Blacks running for office simply because they are Black. Anita Bonds have been a part of the political and Black establishment in DC for decades and what have she accomplished for residents? Nothing!

    We need Black candidates that will represent the interest of the city and who have vision and integrity to deliver on fair opportunities for minority contracts regarding construction projects, affordable housing and gainful employment in technology field. Bonds have been around for decades and have not delivered on these things - what makes you think she will do this now that she is elected.

    Black politicians in DC have used Blacks to get elected to office and have not delivered to the Black community for decades. Blacks voter's in DC should take a look a younger folks with vision, integrity and fairness for future elections.

  • FormerBrownSupporter

    Anita Bonds WON! Bloop!

  • truth hurts

    Anyone see that photo of Evans in the conga line? Priceless. In the past, people were calling him racist on here. But he was right behind Barry and Bonds last night. Go ahead, you'll tell jack you take it back.

  • Velvita

    Stop pretending we don't understand how much race plays a part if all of American life. DC is no different. Why else do some people refer to "gentrification" as a good thing and some Blacks feel powerless to stop it. So, having Anita win this election is both real and symbolic of the race struggle going on presently in the nation's capital city. Why else would City Paper remind us that we have yet another chance to beat the Negros?

    Anita has won with pizzazz, low voter turn-out, corporate sponsorship, and the Barry factor. Get over the loss and celebrate the win! You lookin' at us, still. Most of all, we voted for the right thing re: budget autonomy. I guess the haters are sad about that, too.

  • Chreal

    Where can I search to find the actual official vote count?

    By the way, Anita won, it's done.

  • Bob

    "Anita has won with pizzazz, low voter turn-out, corporate sponsorship, and the Barry factor. Get over the loss and celebrate the win! You lookin' at us, still."

    Sounds an awful lot like the ol' pay to play political culture. With Barry and Barry Bonds smiling, even Jack Johnson somewhere is dreaming about a comeback!

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