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Attorney General Hopeful “Smitty” Launches Campaign in Shaw

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A crowd of several dozen people spilled onto Rhode Island Avenue NW Saturday, as attorney general hopeful Edward H. "Smitty" Smith launched his campaign in front of the house where his grandmother once lived.

The setting wasn't the only thing pointing to Smith's upbringing in the District. Smith, whose campaign materials describe him as "D.C.'s own," declared that his roots in the city remained "deep" even as he earned his law degree at Harvard.

"My internal compass never wavered," Smith said. "It always pointed here."

As elected attorney general, Smity said he'd focus on improving the District's juvenile justice system—less time in courtrooms and more time in classrooms, in Smith's formulation.

Apparently that message is jibing with somebody. Smith's campaign claims that, a little more than a week after launching, they've already collected almost 2,000 of the 3,000 signatures required to make the ballot and raised $70,000.

Those coffers can be buoyed by corporate contributions. Unlike some candidates in D.C. Council and mayoral races, Smith says he's accepting corporate money—although he promises to "examine where they're coming from."

Smith, a 34-year-old former Federal Communications Commission attorney, said his relative youth won't be a weakness in a field that includes more experienced attorneys Paul Zukerberg and Karl Racine.

"I'm not intimidated by the size of the office," Smith says.

Photo by Will Sommer

  • tony

    "My internal compass never wavered..."

    Very important!


  • Ward 7 Voter

    I like this guy. He has my vote over the Harry Thomas Jr. lawyer.

  • Warbler

    Lucky for "Smitty" his grandmother didn't live in an uber-expensive disneyesque french restaurant. Also, someone must have pointed out that unless the stage is raised cameras can't get a shot and people can't see.

    Knowing that the last venture of "Smitty's" crack (on crack?) campaign team spent $384.00 a vote let's hope he can grab some corporate dough.

    Another adventure of the self entitled I fear a la Jair Lynch etc al.

    Amateurs with attitude!

  • tony

    Haters are going to hate.^

    Btw, Jair Lynch is a good man doing good things. No doubt!

  • https://twitter.com/kcivey KCIvey

    You left out a candidate: Lateefah Williams picked up petitions the same day Racine did.

  • tony


    It really doesn't matter and nor do they.

  • NE John

    I'd rather the AG keep those bad kids locked up tight.

  • correction

    his campaign launch was the 200 block of RI. that's ledroit park, not shaw.

  • lost cause

    ain't nobody voting for him.

  • Sally

    A smart and capable candidate the city needs.

  • Local

    I'm voting for Smitty, as are many of my friends, neighbors, and colleagues. He's smart, capable, trustworthy, and doesn't have favors to repay from years of getting his hands dirty in DC politics. Smitty is *exactly* what we need for attorney general.