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Council Member Catania Files Petitions To Run For D.C. Mayor

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Catania dropped off more than twice the signatures he needs to get on the ballot.
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Catania dropped off more than twice the signatures he needs to get on the ballot.

D.C. Council Member David Catania has filed his petition signatures in his bid to become the city’s next mayor. He only needs 3,000 signatures to clear the bar, and he turned in more than twice that—although the validity of the signatures could still be questioned by a rival campaign.

Catania, an independent, dropped the petitions off himself at the city’s board of elections. He used the opportunity to criticize his chief rival in the race—Democratic nominee Muriel Bowser—as being part of "machine" politics.

"Our city itself is run by a political machine that has long since forgone the idea of innovation or ideas and instead relies on cajoling and intimidation to secure one electoral victory after another," Catania says, "and it's on full display right now."

Democrats hold a significant edge in voter registration in D.C. Catania would be the first non-Democrat to become mayor since Home Rule was established in 1972.

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