WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Pat Mara Joins Field For D.C. Council Special Election

Play associated audio
A special election in April will fill the at-large seat on the D.C. Council.
Mallory Noe-Payne
A special election in April will fill the at-large seat on the D.C. Council.

The field for the April 23 special election to fill the vacant seat on the D.C. Council is starting to take shape. Republican Pat Mara has declared his candidacy for the at-large seat most recently occupied by Phil Mendelson, now council chairman.

In a city where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans 10 to 1, Mara will nonetheless be viewed as one of the front-runners. Mara finished a close second during the 2011 special election for an at-large seat, and recently won a seat on the school board.

Mara made the announcement on Newstalk with Bruce Depuyt, and later filed with the District's board of elections to make it official.

This week, Anita Bonds was selected to serve as the interim council member, and more than a half-dozen other candidates have or are planning bids as well.

Meanwhile, Ward One council member Jim Graham may have a challenger, if he decides to run in 2014. Brianne Nadeau, a local activist, says she plans to run for seat and has already raised $35,000 for her effort.

WAMU 88.5

Anne Tyler: "A Spool Of Blue Thread" (Rebroadcast)

In her first live radio interview ever, Pulitzer Prize winning author Anne Tyler joins Diane to talk about her 20th novel, "A Spool of Blue Thread."


Scotch Whiskey Gets A Run For Its Money From Global Distillers

A Canadian company recently was named whiskey of the year — knocking Scotch brands from the top-five category. In the U.S., there's been a massive increase in single malts in particular.

Capitol Hill Lawmakers Find Living At The Office Makes Sense, Saves Cents

Three office buildings on the House side of the U.S. Capitol serve as offices, and by night as lawmakers' apartments. Dozens of lawmakers choose to sleep in the office when Congress is in session.

From Takeout To Breakups: Apps Can Deliver Anything, For A Price

Convenience is at an all-time premium — and a lot of smartphone apps promise to make many of the things we do every day easier. In a time-crunch or sheer laziness, how far will the apps take us?

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.