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Bowser Lands Key Endorsement: Former D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams

Anthony Williams, who served as D.C. mayor from 1998 to 2006, has endorsed Muriel Bowser.
Anthony Williams, who served as D.C. mayor from 1998 to 2006, has endorsed Muriel Bowser.

D.C. mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser will have a new supporter marching alongside her at today's Palisades Parade in Northwest D.C.: Former Mayor Anthony Williams.

On Thursday, Williams announced that he was endorsing Bowser, who defeated Mayor Vincent Gray in the April 1 Democratic primary, in the city's mayoral race. Bowser is going up against Council member David Catania (I-At Large), former Council member Carol Schwartz, a contenders from the Statehood Green and Libertarian parties.

"Muriel Bowser is the right person to continue the momentum of good government — and turn up the heat for more," said Williams in a statement. “She is the best candidate for the job and I’m confident she will be a great mayor.”

Williams, who served from 1998 to 2006, is credited with restoring the D.C.'s financial footing after a federal Control Board took over the city's finances. He remains popular in portions of ward 2 and 3, where Bowser will have to perform well to win in November.

In his statement, Williams took a shot at Catania for his work as chair of the Council's education committee, including a recent call for the ongoing changes to school boundaries and feeder patterns to be put on hold.

"It would be a terrible mistake to press the pause button on education reform now. I’m confident Muriel will keep education reform going, focusing on middle schools and replicating the schools that work," said Williams.

Bowser, Catania, Schwartz and other local politicians will march in the popular Palisades Parade, along with other events in D.C.

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