About half way through the special election period for the At-Large City Council campaign in DC, with roughly 5 weeks remaining, the contours of the competition are now visible. The seven candidates (dubbed the ‘Magnificent 7’ here) are crisscrossing the city, attending innumerable forums and meet-and-greets in an endless cycle of fundraising, phone banking and public appearances. Each candidate has established their own niche and each is searching for their comparative advantage.
Three of the seven have experience in city wide campaigns –Michael Brown, Pat Mara and Anita Bonds (as a campaign manager) and the four newcomers (Matt Frumin, Perry Redd, Elissa Silverman & Paul Zuckerberg) are all spirited, well informed and eager to show their political chops. Three candidates (Bonds, Brown & Redd) are African American and expected to do well on the eastern side of the city. Mara has the Republican Party to himself -not a great distinction in DC- and the other 3 candidates (Frumin, Silverman & Zuckerberg) are expected to do best on the west side of the city.