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D.C. Council Race For At-Large Seat Gets Crowded

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The race for a D.C. council at-large seat is getting crowded. Wednesday, two more candidates threw their hats in the ring.

One is Republican School Board Member Patrick Mara, who announced via YouTube that he'll seek the at-large seat. The other is Bryan Weaver, a Democrat who lives in Ward 1. Both have unsuccessfully run for council seats in the past.

The special election will take place in the spring. Right now, Sekou Biddle is serving as the temporary council member -- a position that gives him a leg up over his challengers in terms of building name recognition and a fundraising base.

The field is anything but set.

Josh Lopez, a former Fenty campaign aide, has said he'll try to run. Another big name out there is Gabe Klein, the former transportation director. He reportedly has said he may run.

The biggest challenge at this point for any of the candidates is getting on the ballot. Candidates have less than one month to pick up 3,000 signatures.

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