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Frank Sewell, Mystery Candidate for Mayor

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LL's been seeing these flyers promoting mayoral candidate Frank Sewell, and they raise a lot of questions. For example, what's "Honest Next Leadership?" And who the heck is Frank Sewell?

There's not much public information available on Sewell, who previously ran in 2004 for the Ward 8 D.C. Council seat. His campaign, such as it is, hasn't registered with the Office of Campaign Finance. Maybe Rev. Anthony Motley, the Marion Barry chum who's listed on the flyer as Sewell's campaign chairman, can explain.

Or not. "I have no idea what that's all about," says Motley.

Sewell and Motley are family friends, Motley says, but he never agreed to be the chairman for Sewell's "campaign."

Sewell didn't respond to LL's request for comment, and LL's not holding his breath. Consider the Washington Post's take on his 2004 run:

Another challenger in the Democratic primary, Frank Sewell, has hung campaign posters, but he has not been highly visible or responsive to requests for information about his candidacy.

Motley is talking, though, and he's not happy. "I told him to go back on the street and take everything that he's distributed—take it off the street," he says.

Photo by Will Sommer

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  • Friends of Frank Sewell

    Frank Sewell is a troublemaker and a bum. What a perfect candidate for mayor.