Loose Lips

At-Large Council Candidates Scrap Over Petitions

Kishan Putta

The enormous field of independent candidates trying to make November's ballot for a D.C. Council at-large seat has somehow produced only one signature challenge. Enter the arena, Brian Hart and Kishan Putta.

Ahead of yesterday's deadline to question whether a candidate has the 3,000 names required to make the ballot, at-large hopeful and Adams Morgan Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Hart challenged Dupont Circle ANC commissioner Putta's signatures.

After campaign staffers reviewed his rivals' signatures, Hart says he called Putta on Sunday to tell him about the challenge.

“It was nothing personal," Hart says. Putta declined to comment on the challenge.

In other ballot news, D.C. GOP executive director Robert Turner challenged petitions filed by longshot D.C. Council chairman candidate John Cheeks, an independent. Cheeks' exit from the ballot would presumably help the Republican nominee for chairman, Kris Hammond.

Little-known mayoral hopeful Nestor Djonkam earned a challenge from even less-known candidate Ben Foshager (both are independents). Foshager, who plans to run a write-in campaign, distinguished himself earlier in the race by sending LL a letter in which Mayor Vince Gray promised to endorse Foshager. Two days later, to LL's nonsurprise, Foshager admitted it was a forgery.

Read the full list of ballot challenges below:

Photo courtesy Kishan Putta

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