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Meet The Candidates In The 2012 Ward 4 D.C. Council Race

Judi Jones is a D.C. native and public school teacher. She has served the Lamond and Takoma neighborhoods for four terms as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner and her claim to fame is “LamondLinks,” a monthly community newsletter distributed by area block captains. She ran against Bowser as an independent in 2007.




Max Skolnik is the founder of Kid Power, Inc., an organization that provides academic, nutritional, and service-learning programs for hundreds of D.C. youth. He is a board member for the DC Alliance of Youth Advocates and has served as a two-term Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner in Southwest Waterfront from 2004 to 2008. Skolnik, a George Washington University graduate, lives in Petworth with his wife and son.



Baruti Jahi is a former manager at NASA and active community activist for his Ward 4 neighborhood. Since obtaining a Ph.D in Political Science from Howard University in 2003, he has served in a number of roles, including president of the Shepherd Park Citizens Association and as an Orange Hat Patrol Captain. Jahi has twice run for the council in 2007 and 2008. A resident of D.C. for 21 years, he now lives in the Shepherd Park neighborhood with his wife and son.



Renee L. Bowser is a labor attorney and community activist. Among her many roles in the community, she served as Commissioner and Vice Chair for the DC Commission on Human Rights, and is a three-term Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner. Bowser got her law degree at North Carolina Central University and was a former adjunct professor at the UDC and Howard Law. She ran as a member of the Statehood Green Party in 2007, but is now a registered Democrat. She has lived in Ward 4 since 1989, and currently lives in the Petworth neighborhood.



Calvin Gurley is an accountant with an auditing background for the federal government. He grew up near Capitol Hill and is a lifelong resident of the District. He is a former president of the Fairlawn Civic Association and is currently a member of the Takoma Civic Association. He obtained his Bachelor’s in Accounting from Bowie State University.




Muriel E. Bowser is currently serving as a council member in Ward 4, a title she has held since winning a special election in 2007. Now in her first full term, she currently chairs the Committee on Government Operations and represents D.C. on the WMATA Board of Directors. Prior to her election to the D.C. Council, Bowser served two terms as a Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner and held executive posts in ANC 4B, the Lamond Riggs Citizens Association, and the Ward 4 Democrats. Bowser was a History major at Chatham College and later earned her Master’s degree in Public Policy at American University.



The District of Columbia's April 3 primary election includes presidential, congressional and Council seats. In the D.C. Council races, there will be elections for an at-large member, and members representing Wards 2,4,7 and 8. In Ward 2, Jack Evans is running unopposed so we will not preview that race. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. Find out where to vote and check your registration status. The D.C. Board of Elections & Ethics has general information about all of Tuesday's races.

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