WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA9) -- Anita Bonds a local Democratic activist for more than 30 years emerged from a crowded field to win a special election for the coveted At Large seat on the DC Council.

Bonds got 32 percent of the vote winning in predominantly African American Wards 4,5,7 and 8.

Patrick Mara, a Republican was endorsed by the Washington Post, but lost badly, trailing second place finisher Elissa Silverman 28 to 23 percent.

Bonds at 68 says senior citizens, the poor and working poor will be her highest priority. Her father was Native American and her mother, African American.

Bond says her strong showing in those communities is because blacks are long standing DC residents and the ones most concerned about being able to afford the escalating costs of remainingin the District.

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