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Brianne Nadeau Upsets Graham For Ward 1 Democratic Nod

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Brianne Nadeau, second from left, celebrates with campaigners at Solly's U Street Tavern in Ward 1.
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Brianne Nadeau, second from left, celebrates with campaigners at Solly's U Street Tavern in Ward 1.

In the D.C. Council primaries, the biggest upset came in Ward 1, where challenger Brianne Nadeau beat Council member Jim Graham.

At a bar on U Street, Brianne Nadeau danced up the stairs, on her way to greet supporters at her victory party. She told the crowd of mostly 20 and 30 somethings that the race wasn't about her.

"It is about lifting up the voices of Ward 1, it is about the young families, it is about the longtime residents, it is about everybody in between," Nadeau says. "And the people living in Ward 1 have come together and said, 'We need new energy, we need new leadership, we need an ethical voice on the council,' and I'm so to be the one that could bring us together."

Nadeau ran a fierce campaign against incumbent Jim Graham, who's been on the council since 1999 — longer than any members except Marion Barry and Jack Evans. Last year the council reprimanded Graham after two ethics investigations — something Nadeau reminded voters of frequently.

Graham says it was the only plank in her platform.

"Even though no crime has been committed, no money has changed hands, and no law has been broken," Graham said.

Nadeau will likely face a challenger in the general election: Brian Weaver. He has run against Graham in the past, and says he will run in November as an independent.

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