Potential Candidates Potpourri
If Vince Gray is ever going to divulge his campaign intentions at his bi-weekly press conference, it won't be today. Gray begged off the umpteenth question by saying he doesn't currently have any plans to announce his re-election decision—although those plans, the mayor says, could change.
Gray's not the only potential candidate claiming to still be mulling his options nearly two weeks after nominating petitions became available. Below, LL checks in with some (maybe) Council hopefuls.
With Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie and Council Chairman Phil Mendelson running for re-election, Ward 1's Jim Graham is the only incumbent up for another term who still hasn't declared his intentions. That's despite having the results of an exploratory committee-funded poll for weeks, according to committee chairman Matt Abbruzzese, who predicts Graham's decision by Thanksgiving.
"It will come shortly," Graham says of his decision.
A sphinx-like Abbruzzese tells LL that if Graham doesn't run, the announcement will be "Hollywood." If he does run, though, it will be even more "Hollywood."
Downtown Cluster of Congregations director Terry Lynch, meanwhile, tells LL he's sitting this one out. So much for that campaign website.
What is it with Ward 6 not-quite-candidates and Facebook fan pages? Back when he was Tommy Wells' chief of staff and publicly proclaiming disinterest in the seat, Charles Allen bought up Facebook ads promoting his page. Meanwhile, Navy Yard ANC commissioner and rumored candidate David Garber has garnered some 2,000 fans on his own page.
Garber, who's sent out tweets pondering a run, says he's still thinking about it. "I'm a young guy living in an expensive city," Garber tells LL. "And just working out the practical considerations of a campaign is something I'm considering."
Anita Bonds is running to keep her seat; Shadow Rep. Nate Bennett-Fleming is trying to take it. Former LL-turned-Postie-turned-D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute spokeswoman Elissa Silverman, who came in second in the April special election, says she won't run... at least not in April's Democratic primary (cc: Robert White). Meanwhile, Mount Pleasant ANC commissioner China Terrell, who told LL in September that she was considering running at-large, now says that she doesn't have any plans to compete.
Photo by Darrow Montgomery