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Reta Lewis Announces Mayoral Campaign, Again

Backed up by a few dozen supporters and Alicia Keys' "New Day" on speakers, former State Department official Reta Lewis made an announcement Saturday: she's running for mayor.

Feeling deja vu? Lewis has already been running for months, but apparently wanted to make things more official after wrapping up her listening tour.  "She wanted to do a bona fide start-up speech," says campaign spokesman Larry Decker.

Lewis, who's also worked as a former assistant in the Clinton White House and at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, repeatedly described herself as an "outsider" in D.C. politics during her speech at the U Street area's Thurgood Marshall Center.

She also started to take policy positions, criticizing development plans for the McMillan sand filtration site and slamming the D.C. Council for delaying the 2014 attorney general election. Lewis quoted Councilmember Vincent Orange's concern that an elected attorney general could turn local government "upside-down."

"Well yeah, that's the point," Lewis quipped.

In her speech, Lewis tried to paint her newcomer status in District politics as an advantage over her more established opponents. "Maybe I have not run for office as as some of the folks in this race, but I am undefeated," she says.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

  • DC Guy

    I am seeing a lot of parallels with Sharon Pratt Kelly Dixon. That one didn't end well.

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  • SWS

    Wow....stepping up in a major way.

  • DC4Life

    Few dozen supporters? I read there were more than one 150 people there. Amazing you can get lambasted in an article after she's devoted much of her life to public service.

  • DC Supporter

    Leave it to Sommer to try to bash someone who's working to restore DC to the great city we all used to love. Read http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-politics/reta-jo-lewis-announces-dc-mayoral-bid-says-shell-run-as-an-outsider/2013/11/02/171adb18-433a-11e3-a751-f032898f2dbc_story.html For a real article on what happened on Saturday

  • stick2yourguns

    this would be a wasted vote....people no need in wasting a vote for someone who we all know doesn't stand a chance at winning. Go out today and ask the first 3 people you see, hell I'll make it easier ask the first person you see do they know her or have they ever heard of her.
    wasting a vote is allowing someone who doesn't deserve to win to win

  • Miss Lu Lu Hogg

    Sharon Pratt-Kelly, oh my@DC Guy

    If that's the case, we don't want this woman as Mayor because Sharon Pratt-Kelly was the worse Mayor in DC's history.

  • justsayin

    I don't know her, but won't dismiss her as unqualified, because the ones we do know haven't shown any reason to maintain their seats in office, other than the fact that they are incumbents.

  • Questioner

    Stick2yourguns: obviously she doesn't have the same name recognition as the other candidates. She's never ran for office. She's spent her life in public service. Since when is that a bad thing?

  • SEis4ME

    Marie Johns anyone?

    Lewis is as qualified to be Mayor as was Adrian Fenty or hell, Saint Tommy Wells for that matter. But that ain't the point.

    She, like Johns, had no deep well from which to draw her supporters. She just doesn't. Her vision for the city is as impressive as Suilamon Brown's. I do not begrudge her time in public office but the mere fact that she hasn't availed herself to participating AT ALL in her OWN LOCAL politics is proof positive that this is only a vanity campaign set to position her well in the event Hillary Clinton somehow (heaven forbid) ends up being the next POTUS.

    As every election here has shown, DC's a sure win for any democrat officeholder. A woman mayor with direct access to Clintonland makes her an attractive candidate and definitely increases her won PERSONAL profile. But it means nothing to the city.

  • AJ5

    Marie Johns is right, and it's an interesting point that she's an "outsider," because she's ignored local issues until now. Hmm...

  • Really?

    @SEis4ME...you hit every point I wanted to make! Let me add that she should have begin this campaign a year ago. This would have allowed her the time she will need to get her name out there. 5-6 months ain't enough time.