By James Wright, Special to the AFRO, [email protected]
Despite spirited campaigns from opponents, the incumbents in the District of Columbia’s June 19 primaries had no problems being re-nominated to their seats.
Of the registered voters in the District, 17.62 percent of voters participated in the primary, the lowest number since the 2010 primary, according to D.C. Board of Elections statistics.
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) had little trouble dispatching of her opponents James Butler and Ernest Johnson with 79 percent of the vote. The mayor won every ward, with her lowest percentage of 68 percent in Ward 8.
Soon after polls closed, Bowser was already celebrating her victory.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
See you at Town, 2009 8th St NW pic.twitter.com/ZYZhqdVbae
— MurielBowser (@MurielBowser) June 20, 2018
Bowser will face D.C. Statehood Green Party candidate Ann Wilcox and Libertarian Party hopeful Martin Moulton in the Nov. 6 general election.
“I am happy I won my race,” a beaming Wilcox told the AFRO.
D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) faced a challenge from former Obama administration official Kim Ford but won handily, 76 to 23 percent. Norton will face Natale Stracuzzi of the D.C. Statehood Green Party and Bruce Majors of the Libertarian Party in the general election in November.
D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson defeated former D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute executive director Ed Lazere, 63 percent to 37 percent and has no challengers from the other parties in the general election.
In the council races, Marcus Goodwin, a political newcomer scared incumbent Anita Bonds for her Democratic at-large seat during the campaign trail but she managed to pull it through by compiling 52 percent of the vote while Jeremiah Lowery had 23.78 percent of the vote and Goodwin 23.42 percent.
Bonds will face Denise Hicks of the Libertarian Party and David Schwartzman of the D.C. Statehood Green Party along with D.C. Council member Elissa Silverman (I-At Large) and other independents for one of the two at-large seats in the general election. The District is 10 to 1 Democratic in registration so Bonds is expected to get one of those seats.
D.C. Council members Brianne Nadeau (D-Ward 1), Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5) and Charles Allen (D-Ward 6) had no serious trouble defeating their opponents in the primary while D.C. Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) had no opposition in the primary and from the other parties. However, Allen will face Republican Michael Bekesha and McDuffie will have to contend with Joyce Robinson-Paul of the D.C. Statehood Green Party in the general election.
D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine (D) had no opponents in the primary and no one has announced against him in the general election as of yet.
The controversial Initiative 77 passed, 55 percent to 44 percent. That means that workers whose wages depend on tips will have to be paid the minimum wage, which will be $15 an hour by 2025, and their tips too.