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WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA9)--Primary Day in the District is Tuesday, April 1. Poll hours are 7 a.m. -8 p.m.

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Voters will be selecting their party's nominee for the following races:


DELEGATE TO THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

The Delegate is elected to a two-year term serving the people of the District of Columbia.
Duties: The Delegate possesses the same powers as other members of the House, except that she or he may not vote when the House is meeting as the House of Representatives. Among other duties, the Delegate introduces bills and resolutions, offers amendments and serves on committees. (Source: www.house.gov)

Term: 2 years

Eleanor Holmes Norton (Democrat)
Currently in her 12th term as the Congresswoman for the District of Columbia, Eleanor Holmes Norton is the Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit. She serves on the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Additionally, she is a member of the Progressive Caucus and the Congressional Black Caucus and has been instrumental in creating and preserving jobs in the District. Prior to her congressional work, Holmes Norton was the first woman to chair the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
http://norton.house.gov/

Nelson Rimensnyder (Republican)
A three-time candidate for shadow representative and senator for the District and previously a Congressional Aide, Historian, and the Director of Research for the U.S. House Committee, Rimensnyder has long be an advocate for DC voting rights. He is the founder of the No Vote – No Tax organization, demanding that until the residents of DC have voting members in Congress, they should not have to pay United States Federal income taxes. Rimensnyder supports DC achieving territorial status and legislative independence.
http://nelsonrimensnyder.com/

Natale Lino Stracuzzi (Statehood Green)
A business man and former candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, Stracuzzi is a member of the Green Party. He plans to implement legislature that will protect the working class and restructure Social Security and Medicare. He sees the District not being a state as a big civil rights issue in the country and has plans to gain the support of several organizations.
http://en.gravatar.com/stracuzziforcongress

Sara Jane Panfil (Libertarian)
A paralegal, Sara Jane Panfil is a member of the Libertarian Party. Running in her first political campaign, she seeks to make the political process more competitive. Panfil is a 2010 Colombia University graduate.



MAYOR OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

The Mayor of the District of Columbia is the chief executive officer of the District in whom the District's executive power is vested. To hold the office of Mayor of the District of Columbia, an individual must meet the following qualifications (D.C. Official Code § 1-204.21):

Be a qualified elector in the District
Not be engaged in any other employment and hold no other public office or position for which he is compensated in an amount in excess of his actual expenses
Have resided and been domiciled in the District of Columbia for one year preceding the general or special election
Have not been convicted of a felony while holding the office of Mayor

Salary: $275,000
(Source: Board of Elections website)

Jack Evans (Democrat)
Jack Evans is a Ward 2 Council member, representing eleven neighborhoods, and was first elected to the Council in a 1991 special election. He is the Chair of the Committee on Finance and Revenue and also serves on the Committee on Economic Development and the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety. Evans was the Council's representative to the Board of Directors of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.
http://dccouncil.us/council/jack-evans

Andy Shallal (Democrat)
Andy Shallal is an entrepreneur, activist, and artist. In his first political campaign, Shallal is the founder of many restaurants, including Busboys and Poets. Nearly half of Shallal's employees are DC residents. Additionally, he is on the board of trustees for the Institue for Policy Studies and the Co-founder of Think Local First DC.
http://www.andy4dc.com/

Reta Lewis (Democrat)
In 2010, Lewis was appointed the Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of State by Hilary Clinton. Under the Obama Administration, she was the lead negotiator in implementing cooperation agreements with other countries. Additionally, she was the Special Assistant to President Bill Clinton and the first African American woman officer of the Chamber of Congress.
http://www.retalewisformayor.com/

Vincent Orange (Democrat)
DC Council Member At-Large, 2011 to present; Currently, Chairman, Committee on Business, Consumer & Regulartory Affairs; Former Chair, Committee on Small & Local Business Development; Former Chair, Committee on Government Operations; Former Co-Chair, Special Committee on Special Education; Two-term DC Council Member, Ward 5, 1999-2007; Attorney; Certified Public Accountant.
http://www.orangeatlarge.com/

Muriel Bowser (Democrat)
Councilmember for Ward 4. She is in her third term. She is the Chair of the Committee on Economic Development and serves on the Committee on Finance and Revenue, Committee on Government Operations, Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, and the Committee on Economic Development. Also, she is currently the Council's representative on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's Board of Directors.
http://dcclims1.dccouncil.us/bowser/index.html

Vincent Gray (Democrat)
The current Mayor of the District of Columbia, he is running for a second term. Before becoming Mayor, Gray was the Chairman of the Council of the District of Columbia and was the Ward 7 Council member. He was also a member of the Committees on Health, Economic Development, Human Services, and Education, Libraries, and Recreation. Additionally, he was the Chair of a Special Committee on Prevention of Youth Violence. Before jumping into politics he was Executive Director Covenant House 1994-2004, Director of the D.C. Department of Human Services 1991-1994
http://mayor.dc.gov/biography/vincent-c-gray.

Carlos Allen (Democrat)
A business man. Allen did not return our questionnaire.
http://www.carlosallenformayor.com/index-meetcarlos.htm

Tommy Wells (Democrat)
The Council member for Ward 6 since 2006, Wells is also the Chair of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety. He has served on the Committees on Education, Human Services, Transportation and the Environment, and Libraries, Parks, Recreation and Planning. He was a social worker, non profit executive, ANC6B04 1994-2000; DC School Board representing Wards 5-6 2000 – 2006.
http://www.tommywells.org/bio.

Faith (Statehood Green)
An actress, musician, and artist, Faith has previously campaigned for several offices. She is running again with the green party.
http://faithformayor.blogspot.com/

Bruce Majors (Libertarian)
Majors is a real estate agent and was a 2012 U.S. House of Representatives candidate.
http://majors4dc.blogspot.com/


CHAIRMAN OF THE DC CITY COUNCIL

The Council Chair is the chief presiding officer of the Council of the District of Columbia.
Duties: Represents citizens from all 8 wards. The Council's central role is to make laws for D.C. It is also the chief policy-making body for the city. Responsibilities include responding to constituents' concerns, oversight of multiple agencies, commissions, boards and other instruments of District government. (Source: http://www.dccouncil.washington.dc.us)

Term: 4 years
Salary: $190,000

Phil Mendelson (Democrat)
Currently the Chairman of the Council, Phil Mendelson presides over the Committee of the Whole. For 14 years, he was an At-Large Council member and he was also the Chair of the Committee on the Judiciary for eight years.
http://chairmanmendelson.com/about-phil/

Calvin Gurley (Democrat)
An accountant and auditor for the Federal Government for the past 15 years, Calvin Gurley has worked for the U.S. Treasury Department, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Office of the Comptroller of Currency. He is President of the Fairlawn Civic Association, Vice President of the first Orange Hat Patrol, and President of the Takoma Civic Association.
http://www.calvingurley.com/About-CALVIN-GURLEY.html

AT-LARGE MEMBER OF THE DC CITY COUNCIL

Duties: Represents citizens from all 8 wards.

The Council's central role is to make laws for D.C. It is also the chief policy-making body for the city. In addition, Councilmembers' responsibilities include responding to constituents' concerns, oversight of multiple agencies, commissions, boards and other entities of District government. (Source: http://www.dccouncil.washington.dc.us)

Term: 4 years
Salary: $125,000 (approximately)

John F. Settles II (Democrat)
A first time candidate, after receiving a finance degree, John Settles started work at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He then founded his own real estate development firm. He is involved in volunteer work has served as the Director of Lifting Voices and a Board Chair of the Capitol Hill Group Ministry.
http://www.settlesfordcatlarge.com/about_john

Anita Bonds (Democrat)
At-Large Councilmember, DC Democratic Party Chair, DNC Executive Board Member 2008 & 2012, DNC Delegate of President Barack Obama, Four term Advisory Neighborhood Commission Chairperson. Bonds was a cabinet member to several mayors, and the Chair of the Perry School Community Services Center.
http://www.anitabonds.com/about

Nate Bennett-Fleming (Democrat)
Bennett-Fleming is currently a Shadow Representative in the District. A 2011 graduate of Berkeley Law School, he is now an Adjunct Professor of law at the David A. Clarke School of Law within the University of the District of Columbia. While in school, Bennett-Fleming was a legislative assistant to two members of the Council of the District of Columbia and also contributed to the Kerry-Edwards Presidential Campaign.
http://www.natefordc.com/nate

Kevin Valentine Jr. (Democrat)
Kevin Valentine Jr. has previously worked at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and has served in the DC Army National Guard. In college, Valentine traveled to cities in Argentina, Uruguay, Kenya, and Uganda, studying socio-economic relations.
http://votevalentine2014.nationbuilder.com/about

Pedro Rubio (Democrat)
Accountant for the Department of Interior - Experience in procurement and government contracts as a Contract Specialist for Department of Interior and Department of Defense. - Experience with developing playgrounds in Latin America as a Co-Founder of Inter-American Development Fund. - Mentor at-risk kids for DC Courts - Tutor middle school kids within an after-school program - PTA member of my nephew and niece DCPS, experience with working with parents and teachers - Board member of the DC LATINO CAUCUS advocating for Latino issues in DC politics.
http://www.rubiofordc.com/my_story

Marc Morgan (Republican)
The Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner for Ward 1, Marc Morgan has helped with local sustainability and the growth of small businesses. He has focused on public safety and created the Business and Domicile Geographic Enforcement. He is an advocate for environmental initiatives and LGBT rights.
http://www.morganfordc.com/

Eugene Puryear (Statehood Green)
Puryear was the Vice Presidential nominee of the Party for Socialism and Liberation in the 2008 U.S. Presidential election. As an activist he is heavily involved in the anti-war movement. He has researched the abuses of the U.S. criminal justice system, police brutality, and prisoners' rights and is co-founder of the Jobs Not Jails Coalition in DC.
http://eugenepuryear.com/about

G. Lee Aikin (Statehood Green)
Aikin has experience as the Legislative Secretary to Congressman John Dow and as the bilingual Administrative Assistant to an At-Large member of the DC Board of Education. For ten years, Lee Aikin was an active union member. She also served on the Mayor's Commission on Food, Nutrition and Health and Task Force on Street Vending and is an advocate for sustainability.
http://gleeaikin.blogspot.com/2012/02/g-lee-aikin-experience-goals-hopes.html.

Frederick Steiner (Libertarian)
Steiner is an IT professional with a Masters of Business Administration.
http://www.dclibertarians.org/candidates/frederick-steiner-at-large-district-of-columbia-council/


WARD 1 MEMBER OF THE DC CITY COUNCIL

Duties: Represents citizens from Ward 1. The Council's central role is to make laws for D.C. It is also the chief policy-making body for the city. In addition, Councilmembers' responsibilities include oversight of multiple agencies, commissions, boards and other entities of District government and responding to constituents' concerns.
(Source: http://www.dccouncil.washington.dc.us)

Term: 4 years

Salary: $125,000 (approximately)


Jim Graham (Democratic): He is the incumbent running for a 5th term. He chairs the chairs the Committee on Human Services. The following agencies come under the purview of the Committee: Board of Social Work;

Child & Family Services Agency (CFSA); Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS); Department of Disability Services (DDS); Department of Human Services (DHS) ; Children & Youth Investment Trust Corporation (CYITC).
Website: http://www.grahamwone.com/

Brianne Nadeau (Democratic): a communications consultant. She is a D.C. Democratic Party leader and former Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner (ANC).
Website: http://briannefordc.com/about-2/



WARD 3 MEMBER OF THE DC CITY COUNCIL

Duties: Represents citizens from Ward 3. The Council's central role is to make laws for D.C. It is also the chief policy-making body for the city. In addition, Councilmembers' responsibilities include oversight of multiple agencies, commissions, boards and other entities of District government and responding to constituents' concerns.
(Source: http://www.dccouncil.washington.dc.us)

Term: 4 years

Salary: $125,000 (approximately)

Mary Cheh (Democratic): She is the incumbent and has served on the Council of the District of Columbia since 2007 and is currently the Chair of the Committee on Transportation and the Environment. An attorney and constitutional law professor
Website: http://www.marycheh.com/

Ryan Sabot (Libertarian): is a student at American University and is the Chairman of the DC Libertarian Party.


WARD 5 MEMBER OF THE DC CITY COUNCIL

Duties: Represents citizens from Ward 5. The Council's central role is to make laws for D.C. It is also the chief policy-making body for the city. In addition, Councilmembers' responsibilities include oversight of multiple agencies, commissions, boards and other entities of District government and responding to constituents' concerns.
(Source: http://www.dccouncil.washington.dc.us)

Term: 4 years

Salary: $125,000 (approximately)

Kathy Henderson (Democratic): she is a 30 year resident of the District. She says she is formally trained as a biologist and chemist.
Website: http://www.kathyhendersonforward5.com/

Carolyn Steptoe (Democratic): Past tutor, Maya Angelou Public Charter High School; volunteer advocate, Court Appointed Special Advocates, D.C. Superior Court; past mentor, Center for Child Protection and Family Support; past phone counselor, Prevent Child Abuse of Metropolitan Washingon.
Website: http://steptoe4ward5.blogspot.com/2014/03/fwd-steptoe-on-dctvs-meet-candidate-air.html

Kenyan McDuffie (Democratic): He is the incumbent running for a second term. He is currently Chair Pro Tempore (Vice Chair) of the Council as well as Chair of the Committee on Government Operations, which is responsible for matters relating to elections, campaign finance, general services, and personnel. Additionally, the Committee on Government Operations has oversight of executive governmental agencies such as the Executive Office of the Mayor, the Office of the City Administrator, and the Department of General Services.
Website: http://www.kenyanmcduffie.com/meet-kenyan/



WARD 6 MEMBER OF THE DC CITY COUNCIL

Duties: Represents citizens from Ward 6. The Council's central role is to make laws for D.C. It is also the chief policy-making body for the city. In addition, Councilmembers' responsibilities include oversight of multiple agencies, commissions, boards and other entities of District government and responding to constituents' concerns.
(Source: http://www.dccouncil.washington.dc.us)

Term: 4 years

Salary: $125,000 (approximately)

Charles Allen (Democrat)
Allen started his career in DC in the Department of Health and Human Services and as policy director for the DC Primary Care Association. Allen founded and acted as Chair for DC for Democracy. He served as Chief of Staff to Ward 6 Council member Tommy Wells.
http://www.charlesallenward6.com/about

Darrel Thompson (Democrat)
Former Deputy Chief of Staff for Intergovernmental & External Affairs, Majority Leader of the US Senate, Senator Harry Reid - Chief of Staff, Barack Obama US Senate Campaign and the Deputy Executive Director of the House Democratic Caucus.
http://darrel4dc.com/sample-page/

Pranav Badhwar (Libertarian)
An operations consultant for a telecommunications company, this is the first political campaign for Badhwar.
http://www.pranav4dc.com/about_pranav



US "SHADOW" SENATOR
Duties: (1) Shall inform the Congress and individual members of Congress that the District of Columbia residents meet the standards traditionally required by Congress for the admission of a United States territory as a state of the United States;
(2) Shall monitor the progress of the petition for admission of New Columbia to statehood pending before the Congress and report on the progress to the District of Columbia residents;
(3) May advise the District of Columbia on matters of public policy that bear on the achievement of statehood;(4) In accordance with subsection (g) of this section, may employ staff and expend funds donated by private sources for public purposes related to the achievement of statehood; and 5) Shall have any other powers or duties as may be provided by law.
(Source: DC Official Code 2001 DC ST § 1-123 (f) 1-5)

Term: 6 years
Salary: None

Pete Ross (Democrat)
A former Captain in the United States Army, Ross is a repeat candidate for this position. He is a businessman and the founder of Spectrum Limited, a furniture company. He used to be the President of the Foxhall Community Citizens Association.
http://www.peteross.com/ross2014blog.php

Paul Strauss (Democrat)
Strauss currently serves as "Shadow" Senator. He is currently serving his third term. Previously he served 5 terms as an ANC Commissioner and Chairperson, Member Democratic State Committee and National Convention Delegate. Owner of a law firm.
http://www.paulstrauss.org/

David Schwartzman (Statehood Green): Professor Emeritus, Howard University, retired at the end of June 2012, now a full-time activist and researcher. He was Chair of the Department of Geology and Geography at Howard University.
Website: http://www.davidschwartzman.com/

John Daniel (Libertarian): Founder of several tech companies such as: Haload.com, VipeHype.
Website: http://www.dclibertarians.org/candidates/johndaniel_us_senator_shadow/

US "SHADOW" REPRESENTATIVE
Duties: (1) Shall inform the Congress and individual members of Congress that the District of Columbia residents meet the standards traditionally required by Congress for the admission of a United States territory as a state of the United States;
(2) Shall monitor the progress of the petition for admission of New Columbia to statehood pending before the Congress and report on the progress to the District of Columbia residents;
(3) May advise the District of Columbia on matters of public policy that bear on the achievement of statehood;(4) In accordance with subsection (g) of this section, may employ staff and expend funds donated by private sources for public purposes related to the achievement of statehood; and 5) Shall have any other powers or duties as may be provided by law.
(Source: DC Official Code 2001 DC ST § 1-123 (f) 1-5)

Term: 2 years
Salary: None

Franklin Garcia (Democrat)
Garcia is the Founder and President of the DC Latino Caucus, the Corresponding Secretary for the DC Democratic Party, and is on the Executive Committee of the Ward 5 Democrats. In the past, Garcia has designed websites for many politicians.
http://www.maestropc.com/

Martin Moulton (Libertarian)
An education advocate, Martin Moulton currently works in the medical and technology sector. He believes in financially supporting all parents to send their children to the best schools and is aware of the burden that the drug war puts on the District. He also serves on the board of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association.
http://www.dclibertarians.org/candidates/martinmoulton_usrep_shadow/

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