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Bryan Weaver Drops Out of Ward 1 Primary, Will Run in General

Well, that's one way to deal with a split vote. In a statement, Ward 1 candidate Bryan Weaver announced this afternoon that he's dropping out of the Democratic primary for the Ward 1 D.C. Council seat, leaving challenger Brianne Nadeau to face off against incumbent Jim Graham alone on April 1. Instead, Weaver says he'll run as an independent in the Ward 1 general election in November.

Weaver attributes his decision to ditch the Democrats to the limitations of a primary that essentially serves as the ward's general election. "It cuts our neighbors and friends who may be of different political persuasions out of the picture and it benefits entrenched incumbents even as they face serious ethical issues," Weaver writes.

Of course, the realities of a prospective split vote against Graham played into Weaver's decision, too. In his statement, Weaver says multiple challengers in primaries ensure the re-election of "ethically challenged leaders."

Weaver is the second candidate, after Beverley Wheeler, to drop out of the Ward 1 primary this month.

Update, 5:55 p.m.: Nadeau has come out with a statement inviting Weaver backers to join her.

"I want to thank Bryan Weaver for all the work he has done to strengthen our ward, and also want to invite his supporters to join our movement to strengthen neighborhood schools, maintain affordability in our communities and support our small businesses," Nadeau writes.

Statement by Progressive Candidate for Ward One DC Council Bryan Weaver

 Washington DC - Washington DC has become a one-party town with an increasingly disinterested electorate.  Currently, no more than 38 percent of all registered voters have bothered to turnout for city primary elections — even as our population numbers have boomed.   The Democratic primary — closed to all except registered Democrats — serves as the de facto general election.

This partisan primary system limits political discussion and feeds voter apathy. It cuts our neighbors and friends who may be of different political persuasions out of the picture and it benefits entrenched incumbents even as they face serious ethical issues.

That is why I am announcing today that I am un-affiliating with the local Democratic Party and will not seek its nomination for Ward One Councilmember.  I will instead run as a progressive Independent in the November general election and give the voters of Ward One a real choice.

When I decided to run for office in Ward One, it wasn’t to pad my resume or my retirement account, but to continue to work day-in and day-out to bring a better government to the residents of Ward One and all of D.C.  As a progressive Independent, my commitment and focus on the progressive issues I have worked on for more than two decades will not change.

From better opportunities for all our kids through better schools and more options for good paying summer jobs, to job-training, to affordable housing to small business growth, to safer streets, to green neighborhoods and energy efficient transportation, to equality for all, I have worked tirelessly for most of my career to make Ward One and this city a better place to live, learn, grow, work, play and thrive for all our families.  But while there has been tremendous economic growth in our nation’s capital, not everyone is sharing in that prosperity equally.

There is more work to be done and much more that I can offer the residents of Ward One and the District.

Unfortunately however, under the District’s current primary system, multiple candidates challenge incumbents and end up splitting the anti-incumbent vote and residents are left with ethically challenged leaders.

To quote my mentor the late Sen. Paul Wellstone: "I don't think politics has anything to do with left, right, or center. It has to do with trying to do right by people."

And that’s what I hope to do by running in the November election, do right by the people of Ward One and all of D.C. and give them a real choice when it comes to their elected leaders.

This post has been updated. Photo by Darrow Montgomery

  • DC Guy

    But he will run in the general election as an independent? I love our "democrats".

  • Nicole Ward1

    Put a fork in Jim Graham. He's done.

  • Typical DC BS

    Hurray! Let's hope Miss Graham gets wiped out in the primary. Who cares if Weaver runs as an independent? The whole point is to get rid of Miss Graham - ANYONE is better than that crooked scumbag.

  • Fthose”Israelites”

    Agreed Typical, but Nadeau does not have Weaver's record or name recognition. IMO, she stands almost no chance of beating Graham (as crazy as that is given how much dirty laundry is out there).

    For those of you unfamiliar with Councilsnake Graham's dirty laundry, here's a taste.

    http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/articles/37892/why-has-jim-graham-stuck-with-accused-bribee-teddy-loza

  • drez

    Classy and smart.
    Let's hope the mayoral contenders take notice.

  • noodlez

    A SOLID VETERAN MOVE.

  • Thank you, Bryan Weaver

    Bryan, very classy move.

  • No Class

    I fully support Brianne and wish her victory but there is nothing classy about a 3 time failed candidate who realizes he would again place a distant third, dropping out to run in the General re-branded as an Independent. Just Dream Weaver posturing to try and stay relevant. No Thanks.

  • Marvin E. Adams

    Intersting, much no game changer. What would R-E-A-L-L-Y change the political dyanamics of the upcoming election would be if Wells and/or Evans bowed out!

  • http://youtu.be/-RuJoMy1UB8 @ShawingtonTimes

    @BryanWeaverDC at Sixth & I Synagogue Wed 29 Jan 2014:

    http://youtu.be/-RuJoMy1UB8

    The Democrats' stranglehold on the District is suffocating our city and forcing lackluster candidates (if not criminal or indebted to special interests) upon us. We need some fresh approaches to the problems the city is facing. The dems have had plenty of time and look at the results: dramatic income inequality, failing schools, too many #BlackMenAndBoys completely disengaged from society and caring for their families, poor and middle income residents being pushed out in droves, a middle and low income housing CRISIS, continued shadow of criminal investigations, high truancy, pitiful prospects for illiterate or under educated/untrained returning citizens competing in a knowledge based economy, etc etc. Please don't vote for more of the same.

  • schoolman

    @ ShaingtonTimes:

    AMEN!!!!

    I absolutely agree with you comment number 10 above, I have been making similar points for weeks.

    But let me be clear. I agree with your point that "too many Black men are completely disengaged from society and are not caring for their families." But it is also true that TOO many White men are completely disengaged from society and are not taking care of their families. I acknowledge that although this problem is not limited to Blacks, it appears to be more pervasive in Black community.

    When I made my comments, I was astounded that a number of readers called me a White racist even though they know that I Black and that what I wrote was true.

    It is particularly difficult for Blacks to accept this message when expressed by Whites because many Blacks are aware of the great lengths to which Whites have gone to suppress Blacks throughout the history of this country. And it is simply unacceptable to most, for Whites to know complain about the very results it went to such great lengths to achieve.

    I also believe that many Blacks prefer to have a Black Mayor BECAUSE of the great lengths to which Whites have gone to suppress Blacks in the past. I encourage Whites to be sensitive to this moving forward.

    Personally, I have been fully persuaded that our Black elected officials are either unconcerned with the issues you have raised, or are in-equipped to properly address them.

    I am persuaded that the City desperately needs a leader with wisdom, creativity, integrity and a true commitment to improving the lives of ALL citizens of the City.

    At this point, I could care less what race he/she is.

  • schoolman

    @ ShaingtonTimes:

    In comment #11 above, I wrote:

    "Personally, I have been fully persuaded that our Black elected officials are either unconcerned with the issues you have raised, or are in-equipped to properly address them."

    Let me clarify this statement. I was specifically referring to the position of Mayor and the last 2 to hold the position - Mayor Gray and Fenty.

  • schoolman

    @ShawingtonTimes:

    In comment #11 above I wrote:

    "Personally, I have been fully persuaded that our Black elected officials are either unconcerned with the issues you have raised, or are in-equipped to properly address them."

    In clarification, I was not referring to all Black elected officials but specifically to the position of Mayor (Mayor Gray and Fenty).

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  • noodlez

    YO SCHOOLBOY YOU VENTURING INTO TOMHOOD?

    YOU KNOW THE SAMUEL L. JACKSON CHARACTER IN DJANGO.

  • Jonathan Groner

    I know Brianne and I know that she's a woman of integrity and vision. This is good news for supporters of good government in DC.

  • dan

    Please pardon my ignorance, but WHO is Nadeau. No name recognition? I have been in this city for more than 50 years and I have heard or seen nothing that she has done to qualify her for this seat. All that I have heard in these posts is how many times she has knocked on someone's door and how much some HATE Jim Graham. Hell, anybody can knock on a door.

  • stick2yourguns

    Briana Nadeau runs everytime there is an election....damn...she ain't get the message yet!!!

  • Time to go

    Not sure what you are touting as Weaver's record. Both Nadeau and Weaver were chairs of their respective ANC's. His greatest claim to fame and name recognition comes from his losses.

    I voted for Graham 16 years ago because Frank Smith had been in for 15 years and had lost touch with the Ward. Graham is more out of touch and needs to go.

    I'm happy Weaver pulled out as now we will see Graham try to defend his record achievement. It will be interesting to see whose for which Graham takes credit.

    I expect there will be a lot more people out there who are willing to speak up about how much of an insecure bully Graham is and would like to see a poll about his popularity and credibility

  • schoolman

    @ noodlez:

    Absolutely not! I am not venturing into TomHood! But there is on thing of which I am certain. The last 2 Mayors, Gray and Fenty, didn't do what they could have done to spur economic growth EOTR. Furthermore, the same challenges that have traditionally plagued Black communities have persisted under these 2 leaders in
    the "chocolate" City.

    One may suggest that a White Mayor wouldn't prove effective EOTR either. One may also suggest that a White City Councilmember wouldn't prove effective EOTR. But we don't know for sure because we have never had a
    White Mayor or a White City Council Member (to the best of my knowledge) elected in Wards 7 or 8.

    In my opinion, Blacks will be in a much better position to demand results from our elected official when they understand the our support will be based upon their performance rather than the color of their skin.

    I would prefer to have a Black Mayor. But I would rather have a White Mayor who serves the interest of citizens EOTR than a Black Mayor who does not.

  • @shawingtontimes

    Thanks, schoolman, I hear you.

  • noodlez

    SCHOOLBOY YOU NEED TO PAY ATTENTION SON.

    FLENTY WAS CONSIDERED AND IT COULD BE ARGUED THAT HE WAS A WHITE MAYOR. HE GREW UP IN A WHITE NEIGHBORHOOD. LETS NOT FORGET THAT HIS MOM IS WHITE AND HE WAS RAISED IN AND AROUND WHITE FOLK ALONG WITH SOME BLACK FOLK. IM NOT SAYING THAT IS A BAD THING BUT LETS KEEP IT REAL.

    HE COULDN'T IDENTIFY WITH BLACK FOLK FROM FAIR EASTSIDE. ALL THE SURFACE ISSUES ASIDE HE HAD TO HIDE BEHIND PLANNED GO-GO EVENTS AND HOT DOG GIVE AWAYS TO GET TO ANOTHER LEVEL WITH BLACK FOLK FROM THAT SIDE OF TOWN.

    EVEN GAYTANIA HAD TO RECRUIT MARION BARRY TO GET AN UNDERSTANDING OF EASTSIDE FOLK. I JUST CAN'T SEE A RICH, WHITE POLITICIAN WHO NEVER STRUGGLED OR UNDERSTAND THE STRUGGLE DC RESIDENTS EAST OF THE RIVER AND THROUGHOUT THIS CITY GO THROUGH TO LEAD THEM.

    CAN'T SEE IT!

  • schoolman

    @ Noodlez:

    I appreciate your response. Irrespective of whether we agree or not, these issues are before us and they are not going away.

    You don't believe that a White can understand what its like to be poor. But there are far more Whites living in poverty than Blacks in this Country and there are a lot of poor White folks in DC. I think that its reckless for us to assume that a person doesn't know what its like to be poor simply because they are White.

    But I can understand why so many Blacks believe that all Whites in D.C. are pretty well off. Did you know that there are public housing units on Connecticut Ave., NW?
    But those building are occupied by mostly Whites. Those public housing units are different from the projects where Blacks are assigned.

    Some Whites stereotype Blacks and that is unfortunate. But Blacks stereotype Whites. The opinion that you just expressed, which is shared by many Blacks, is a fitting example.

    I don't know a lot about Fenty's upbringing - I know that his mother is (was) White. But, I believe that the NW area were he grew up was, and remains, predominately Black. Furthermore, DC is not a large City. It is highly unlikely that he wasn't exposed to people from other socio-economic backgrounds particularly considering that he attended public schools.

    Our City is changing and I think its changing for the better. We need to renew our minds and broaden the way we think so that we can enjoy our lives and prosper here. If we don't we're going to be left behind.

    I don't agree that a White Mayor would be incapable of spurring economic development EOTR simply because he/she is White. But I do believe that Black politicians have routinely taken the Black vote for granted.

  • REALDC

    Graham will beat Nadeau in April and Weaver in November. End of story!

    Weaver is just delaying the inevitable. He just cannot build a coalition, Weaver is now trying to "game" the system. Will not matter, he is his own worst enemy not the "local democratic party". Independent or democrat, its still Weaver.

    Maybe next he can change wards....or change cites! smh!

    "independent progressive"......bahhahahahhah!........LOSERS!

  • tony

    Noodlez,

    You are right on point.

    Moreover, we can vote for whoever we want. We don't owe anyone an explanation on why we vote the way we do. If we want to vote for black pols over white pols for whatever reason that's our right. And, we will continue to do so.

    People are so worry about how we vote. They should be Worry about how they vote or how others vote in this city.

  • SEis4ME

    White mayors vs. black mayors vs. white residents vs. black residents vs.

    Oh good lawd, what in the same hell is this foolishness.

  • tony

    This "foolishness" is reality. It's called "identity" politics. It's real and here to stay.

  • schoolman

    Tony:

    Everyone knows that they can vote for whomever they'd like. But that certainly hasn't kept you from identifying your preference over and over and over .... Respect the right of others to express theirs.

    Furthermore, anyone who believes that race will have no bearing on the outcome of this election is living in a fantasy world.

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