WASHINGTON (WUSA9) --DC Councilman Tommy Wells officially kicked off his campaign for mayor on Saturday. If he wins, Wells would become the first white mayor of the District of Columbia in 40 years.
It was back in 1973 that congress first gave DC residents the right to elect their own mayor and council members. Wells spoke to a small crowd on Saturday and told them he would reduce juvenile crime by one half, put a quality elementary school in every neighborhood and he would improve public transportation to include a vibrant east-west streetcar system.
Wells says incumbent Mayor Vincent Gray won with a corrupt campaign and the DC Council has been smeared with corruption.
Ward 6 Councilman Wells says his campaign will not accept donations from lobbyists or corporations.
"We are tired of being embarrassed as a government. I'll bring integrity to our leadership, with a vision right here on Eighth Street, a vision where we create 70 new businesses, 700 new jobs during the deepest recession of our country. People want jobs," he said.
On the race issue, Tommy Wells tells WUSA9 he thinks all voters want the same thing. He says if elected, his administration will reflect the city's diverse population. He has never run in a city-wide contest.
The same can be said for Bowser, word 4 council member, first to announce candidacy for mayor. If Bowser wins, she will become the second woman to hold the office of DC mayor.
Mayor Gray hasn't said if he'll seek re-election but it is still early. Democratic primary, which normally decides who will be the next mayor, is still more than a year away.