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Wells Leads in D.C. for Democracy Vote, Falls Short of Endorsement

District activist organization D.C. for Democracy is the successor to a group devoted to electing Howard Dean in 2004, so LL wouldn't blame mayoral hopeful Tommy Wells if he let out a Dean scream Wednesday when he found out that he'd fallen just short of winning the lefties' endorsement.

Wells came in with 41 percent of ballots in the first round, according to a press release from the group. Busboys & Poets owner Andy Shallal trailed him with 30 percent, while Vince Gray came in with 14 percent. When the group counted second choices, Wells received 54 percent, 12 points short of the two-thirds required to win the endorsement.

Ward 1 candidate Brianne Nadeau also fell short of the endorsement with 57 percent of the vote.

D.C. Council chairman Phil Mendelson and Ward 5's Kenyan McDuffie, both of whom are so far only facing token opposition, received the group's endorsement. So did Ward 6 candidate Charles Allen, who previously chaired the group in the past, and At-Large hopeful Nate Bennett-Fleming.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

Comments

  1. #1

    A vote for Wells is a waste of a vote. He can't lead, his so-called strong support in Ward 6 is a hoax being perpetrated by his campaign. All of his claims for the progress in Ward 6 is a bald faced lie. Everything that has occurred in Ward 6 was the work of Sharon Ambrose. Wells just had the good luck of taking up space on the Council when everything came to fruition. As a Ward 6 resident, his absence from city government can't come soon enough.

  2. #2

    Just like the Washington Post an endorsement from DC for Democracy is a kiss of death. This group can't produce an honest idea or a credible candidate. Myopic liberals that can't even keep an up to date website.

  3. #3

    Gray came in 3rd on this one? He truly does have support everywhere.

    Wells was expected to get this endorsement but couldn't.

    What happened to Vinnie O, Bowwow and Jackie E?

  4. #4

    Gray shouldn't win this election. Too much going on in his adminstration that has not been revealed. This current adminstration is very questionable. I can't vote for Gray......Wells will get my vote...

  5. #5

    Question Dena @#4:

    IF SOMETHING HASN'T BEEN REVEALED, HOW COULD YOU KNOW SOMETHING IS GOING ON?????????

    WELLS WOULD HAVE GOTTEN YOUR VOTE ANYWAY AND YOU KNOW IT.
    AND THERE IS MUCH TO QUESTION ABOUT WELLS' ENTIRE TIME ON THE COUNCIL. ASK THE WARD 6 CONSTIUENTS WHO WILL NOT EVEN ELECT HIM AS DOG CATCHER NOW.

  6. #6

    I agree, these closed-group forums are nothing more than a small group of people engaged in group-think. Nice for a candidate to get it, but ultimately, if you look at the average DC voter, the agenda here is pretty much on the fringes.

    When was the last time the DC 4 Democracy winner elected to City Council in a contested race? Weaver? Shaprio? Silverman?

    Meaningless.

  7. #7

    DC Guy, the answer is Grosso, and before that McDuffie.

  8. #8

    Don't forget Tommy Wells, Ward 6 and Phil Mendelson at large. I think for Chair as well?

  9. #9

    So, other than SEIU, has Vince won a single vote or endorsement yet?

  10. #10

    Roscoes: AFSCME and Unite Here... Also flawless rating on GLAA (lgbt group)

  11. #11

    YO ROSCOE WETUPPERLIP-I BELIEVE POLLS OPEN APRIL 1, 2014 AND THAT IS WHEN MAYOR GRAY WILL WIN MULTIPLE VOTES WHICH WILL BE ENOUGH TO WIN REELECTION OF THIS GREAT CITY.

    NOW GO WIPE YOUR NOSE BUT DON'T USE YOUR SHIRT SLEEVE.

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