Excerpt: D.C. Council member Tommy Wells picked up a pair of coveted mayoral endorsements from the city’s public safety workers in recent days, giving him his first major union nods in the campaign’s closing weeks.
Excerpt: D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) and his challengers in the April 1 Democratic primary squared off for the first time Thursday since federal prosecutors alleged that Gray knew of an illicit scheme by donor Jeffrey Thompson to help him win office four years ago. The following is a transcript of the candidates’ exchange.
Excerpt: In an attempt to reach young D.C. voters, six Democratic mayoral candidates discussed marijuana regulation, higher education and public transportation, among other issues, in front of a young crowd at American University last month.
Excerpt: A D.C. Council member and mayoral candidate heightened his criticism of Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s public safety team Tuesday, calling for the resignations of two high-ranking officials.
Excerpt: Possessing marijuana and smoking it in the privacy of one’s home would no longer be criminal offenses in the nation’s capital under a bill passed Tuesday by the D.C. Council, putting the District at the forefront of a simmering national debate over decriminalization.
Excerpt: In a 10 to 1 vote, the D.C. Council approved a bill to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana, taking the criminal charge down to a civil penalty punishable by a fine of just $25.
Excerpt: The District of Columbia loves a good political drama, and whether it’s mayoral scandal or bribery and embezzlement on the D.C. Council, we’ve gotten a whole lot of it over the past four years. Maybe that’s what makes this year’s mayoral race such a disappointment.
Video courtesy of All Politics is Local with NBC4 Reporters Tom Sherwood and Mark Segraves featuring guest Tommy Wells, DC Councilmember and 2014 Candidate for Mayor
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Excerpt: ...The Moment of Truth: Vaughn teed up a question about influence in political campaigns for Wells, who is the only candidate not taking corporate donations.
D.C. political races are often divided by race. Even when all of the viable candidates are African American, support for a particular candidate still is usually easily discernable by race and geography. This year, we will probably have the closest Democratic mayoral primary since home rule. It is also the first year that we have white mayoral candidates who have a reasonable chance to be elected mayor.