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Shadow Rep. Nate Bennett-Fleming Announces At-Large Run

At-Large Councilmember Anita Bonds just got her first opponent for 2014. Shadow representative Nate Bennett-Fleming says he's going to run for her seat, and he's already not pulling punches.

"I don't think she's built a significant record of accomplishment," Bennett-Fleming says of his opponent.

In contrast, Bennett-Fleming says, consider his work as the District's unpaid shadow rep. Bennett-Fleming's amassed a small army of interns and scored pro-statehood endorsement from Democratic groups on the Hill—how significant that is depends on who you ask.

Bennett-Fleming, a 29-year-old adjunct professor at the University of the District of Columbia, says he'd focus on affordable housing and government reform as a councilmember. He's in favor of marijuana decriminalization, with an eye towards considering legalization.

LL asked Bennett-Fleming about a couple more issues, which he deftly worked into jabs at the incumbent. Take the Large Retailer Accountability Act. Bonds backed it before voting against it during an attempt to override Vince Gray's veto, a move Bennett-Fleming says suggests "a degree of wishy-washiness." Bonds didn't immediately respond to LL's request for comment.

Bennett-Fleming is just as unhappy about Bonds' vote to delay the attorney general election scheduled for next year. "I think the disregard for the will of the citizens is disconcerting," he says.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

  • tony

    I told you ANITA BONDS!

    THE SUN WILL RISE AND A PEOPLE WILL BE SEEN.

  • joan

    wxcellent. Anita Bonds is an idiot.

  • SEis4ME

    Hmmm, I'm gonna need to see some meat on the bone here.

    At this point I remain unconvinced about his campaign.

  • Dave Jay

    Check out Nate's release and bio to learn more about his background and his campaign.

    http://www.natefordc.com/meet-nate.html
    http://www.natefordc.com/updates.html

  • SEis4ME

    Impressive CV.

    I'm just not sure how it translates to being the best choice for the office. If working as the Shadow Rep (on statehood) is the barometer, then that's not a lot to hang your hat on.

    I also find his focus on "encouraging diversity" (in comparison to other elected officials and their divisive ways) interesting and can't help but think it is designed to win votes WOTR. I mean, which elected officials does he believe don't encourage diversity? Those who receive most of their votes from EOTR?

  • Jim Ed

    Granted, the website and candidacy went live today, but I'm going to need some actual views on issues. Would he have voted for LARA?

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  • Count Me In

    I'll vote for Nate. He has been persistent in his pursuit of becoming a political figure in DC. Although very cliche, Nate did start from the bottom and work his way up to gain the respect of community leaders and the residents of DC. Nate's campaign for Shadow Rep was quite impressive, being as though Nate is young, energetic, and can bring ideas to the council that represent the younger generation of DC.

    Especially representing east of the river, I think it is important to embrace young talent that can promote change in our community and spark the interest of other young people to join in and get more involved in politics.

    Good Luck Nate!

  • SEis4ME

    I voted for Nate..simply because I saw his signs. I once voted for a seemingly smart, energetic, reasonable guy who did more to divide the city than bring it together. If this guy can look at the facts and not make the same mistakes as he (Fenty) did, then let's get out there and "wobble, wobble..shake shake).

    On another note, if Nate has read the tea leaves, he realizes that Marion Barry doesn't have long to continue serving. IF he is able to embrace (not disparage) the legacy of Barry in Ward 8, therefore fending off the visceral reaction off enough of those who aren't Barry lifers; making himself attractive to young voters; touting his roots to W8; talking about transit in a different way (knowing what it's like to wait for the A8 to transfer you to the B2, kids not being able to cross at crosswalks because of speeding cars, etc...), then I imagine he's already considered a W8 run in his future.

    This all assumes he still lives here. If not, moving back home might not be a bad idea.

    If not, what a shame. It's the perfect storm. Not sure why people can't seem to understand the simplicity of it all. No one has and will NEVER win in W8 running hard AGAINST Marion Barry.

    *ok I'll stop, I mean we are talking about the at-large race right...veering way of course*

  • DCShadyBoots

    I am of the opinion that we see some new blood on the DC Council. However, new blood that has a strong sense of ethics and less inclined to coddle those in the city that refuse to do for themselves.

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