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Catania To Explore Independent Mayoral Run

Catania has served on the D.C. Council since 1997.
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Catania has served on the D.C. Council since 1997.

Add one more to the list: D.C. Council member David Catania (I-At Large) has created an exploratory committee for a possible independent mayoral run in November's general election.

Catania's intentions were first reported by The Washington Post, and confirmed when the paperwork was filed with the Office of Campaign Finance.

Running as an independent would offer him additional time to campaign and raise money, and avoid what is likely to be a brutal April 1 primary between four of his colleagues, a former State Department official, a restaurant owner, and other Democrats that are lining up to challenge Mayor Vincent Gray, who announced this week that he is running for re-election.

The Post reported that his exploratory committee would be led by former Ward 6 Council member Sharon Ambrose, who last year helped lead Council member David Grosso, himself an independent, to victory over former Council member Michael Brown.

Catania joined the Council in 1997 after winning a special election. He was a member of the Republican Party until 2004, when he decamped over the GOP's opposition to same-sex marriage. He has recently made news with his leadership of the Council's education committee, proposing multiple bills related to student achievement and school quality and visiting over 100 public and charter schools.

Beyond the large Democratic field, the April 1 primary will feature mayoral hopefuls from the Libertarian and Republican parties.

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