Vincent Gray, Council Incumbents Hold Onto Seats

Plus Results for Education and Uncontested ANC Races

It was all about the mayor’s race during the primary election, which attracted a higher local turnout than Tuesday’s general election. 

The number of registered voters who cast ballots in Washington fell by at least 11,000, or 37 percent of the total versus 28 percent, according to unofficial results from the Board of Election and Ethics.

Despite a last-minute write-in effort by supporters of incumbent Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, Vincent Gray still maintained his edge from the September primary when the D.C. Council chairman won 54 percent to 44 percent. The write-in effort for Fenty captured 23 percent of the vote, not enough to overturn Gray’s lead at 74 percent. (Also see “Write-In Fenty Supporters Won’t Say a Word, But Gray Supporters will on Albemarle Street.”)

With the mayoral race largely out the way and low-key partisan politics in the heavily Democratic District, the focus of some Washington voters shifted to races in their own backyards, particularly for D.C. Council and Advisory Neighborhood Commissions.

Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton held onto her congressional seat with an 89 percent lead. Mike Panetta easily returned as the “shadow” U.S. Representative with 82 percent of the vote. He advocates for D.C. statehood in the unpaid position, which is recognized by the District but not the U.S. Congress.

Wards 1, 3, 5 and 6 selected members for the State Board of Education and returned their incumbents to D.C. Council: Jim Graham, Mary Cheh, Harry Thomas Jr. and Tommy Wells, respectively. The two at-large council winners were incumbents Phil Mendelson and David Catania.

Seventy-six percent of voters also approved Charter Amendment IV giving citizens the right to elect the District’s Attorney General rather than having one appointed by the mayor. The election would occur in 2014.

Here’s a breakdown of D.C. Council and ANC results for selected wards:

Ward 1

Incumbent Democrat Jim Graham won the seat with 81 percent of the votes. In a close race, Patrick Mara beat out Dotti Love Wade for the State Board of Education seat. Mara had 52.9 percent of the votes and Wade 45.9 percent. Several D.C. Statehood Green Party candidates took their shot at winning a seat. At-Large candidate David Schwartzman garnered 9.9 percent of the votes for the position. Nancy Shia didn’t win over Jim Graham for the Ward 1 Council seat but she did get 9.4 percent of the votes, higher than Republican candidate Marc Morgan’s 7.6 percent.


D.C. Council

Jim Graham


State Board of Education

Patrick Mara


ANC1A serves the Columbia Heights neighborhood. ANC1A-03 was a vacant seat; no candidates filed for election. An unidentified write-in candidate has won the seat with 38 votes. Two incumbent commissioners, in ANC1A-04 and 10, were reelected to their posts. ANC1A will be holding its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10. Here are the winners of contested races:


03 – Write-in Candidate


04 – Betty Pair


06 – William (Bill) Brown, Jr.


09 – Bobby Holmes


10 – Lenwood (Lenny) Johnson


ANC1B serves the Columbia Heights, LeDroit Park, Pleasant Plains, Shaw and University Heights communities. Six of the 11 seats were uncontested. Incumbents Deborah R. Thomas and Juan E. Lopez in ANC1A-04 and 07, respectively, were re-elected commissioners.


02 – Aaron Spencer


04 – Deborah R. Thomas


07 – Juan E. Lopez


08 – Ahnna Smith


09 – Lauren McKenzie


ANC1C serves the Adams Morgan neighborhood.  ANC1C-04 and 05 were vacant seats, with no candidates who filed to be on the ballot. Write-in candidates won both seats, with 229 and 84 votes, respectively. There were three uncontested seats.


02 – Martis (Marty) Davis


03 – Olivier Kamanda


04 – Write-in Candidate


05 – Write-in Candidate


06 – Steve Lanning


ANC1D represents the Mount Pleasant community. Of the six seats available, 01 was vacant. A write-in candidate won the seat with 116 votes. Four of the seats were uncontested.  Gregg Edwards won the one contested seat, 04, with 51 percent of the votes.


04 – Gregg Edwards

Compiled by Genet Lakew


Ward 2

Besides the race for mayor and House of Representatives, Ward 2 residents lucked out of any big decision-elections last night. Advisory Neighborhood Commission elections were the ones to watch. While 21 incumbent ANC commissioners ran unopposed, potential candidates challenged only five incumbent commissioners. The surprises of the night were not just scuffles at voter precincts, but also the last minute write-in candidates and the only defeat for an incumbent commissioner.

ANC2B 01-09

ANC2B serves the Dupont Circle community. Eight of the nine seats were uncontested with 10 candidates overall. Here is the only contested race:

09 – Ramon Estrada (incumbent)

ANC2C 01-04

 ANC2C serves the Mount Vernon Square community. Three seats were contested with nine candidates overall. The biggest surprise of the night was Rachelle P. Nigro’s victory over incumbent commissioner Theresa Sule. Here are the winners:


02 – Kevin Chapple (incumbent)

03 – Doris Brooks

04 – Rachelle P. Nigro


ANC2F 01-06

ANC2F serves the Logan Circle, Old City, Blagden Alley, Franklin Square, Shaw and Downtown Thomas Circle communities. Before Tuesday, two ANC seats had no candidates at all. Three seats ran uncontested with five total candidates.

04 – Write In Candidate Unknown

05 – Write In Candidate Unknown

06 – Michael Bernardo (incumbent)


Ward 3

While hoping to see a write-in win for incumbent Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, several Ward 3 precincts were neck-in-neck with votes for Vincent Gray and write-ins for some unnamed candidate. At precincts 7, 8, 9 and 12 in Ward 3, more than half of the counted votes were for write-in candidates, but their push wasn’t enough, as the ward results from the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics show 52 percent of Ward 3 voted for Gray, and 43 percent voted for a write-in candidate.


D.C. Council

Mary Cheh


State Board of Education

Laura McGiffert Slover




ANC 3B represents the Ward 3 neighborhoods of Glover Park and Cathedral Heights. Of the five seats, only one seat was up for the Nov. 2 election. Uncontested Ben Thielsen became ANC 3B01 Commissioner.




ANC 3C serves Cathedral Heights, Cleveland Park, Massachusetts Heights, McLean Gardens and Woodley Park in Ward 3. Of the nine seats, only one seat was up for the Nov. 2 election.  Here are the results for the contested race:


03 – Anne-Marie Bairstow (incumbent)



ANC 3D serves American University, Foxhall, Kent, Palisades, Spring Valley and Wesley Heights in Washington’s Ward 3. Of the eight available seats, two were contested.  Seat 3D07 is vacant. Here are the results for the contested races:


01 – Kent Slowinski

06 – Ann Heuer (incumbent)



ANC 3E serves Tenleytown, American University and Friendship Heights. Of the five seats available, two were contested. Here are the results for the contested races:


01 – Beverly Sklover (incumbent)

04 – Tom Quinn



ANC 3F represents North Cleveland Park, Tenleytown and Forest Hills in Washington’s Ward 3. Of the seven seats available, only one was contested. Here are the results for the contested race:


01 – Adam Tope



ANC 3G is part of both Ward 3 and Ward 4. For that reason, only half of the seats are voted on by Ward 3 residents. Of the four seats available to Ward 3 residents, none were contested. Seat 3G01, not a seat Ward 3 residents could vote on, was contested. Here are the results for the contested race:


01 – Carolyn (Callie) Cook (incumbent)

 – Compiled by Ronesha D. Dennis

Ward 4

Many seats in Ward 4 were unopposed; some even without candidates. The most exciting race seemed to be in ANC 4B04, which had four candidates. Douglas E. Smith Sr. ended up the victor with 47 percent of the vote. Part of the Petworth neighborhood, known as 4D, has gone from one vacant seat to four. Only two of the positions had candidates this election season. Lisa Colbert will be the new commissioner in 4D03, and Bill Quirk will be returning for 4D06. A write-in candidate captured 6 percent of the votes.

There will also be seats vacant in 4B09 and 4C03 for commissioner. Here is a list of winning candidates:


4A01    Karl Kennedy

4A02    Dwayne M. Toliver

4A03    Stephen A “Steve” Whatley

4A04    Marian C. Bennett

4A05    Habieba Israel

4A06    Kimberly L. Boyd

4A07    Dave Wilson

4A08    Gale Black

4B01    Sara Green

4B02    Faith E. Wheeler

4B03    Frederick D. Grant

4B04    Douglas E. Smith, Sr

4B05    Brenda K. Speaks

4B06    Gloria D. Palmer

4B07    Judi Jones

4B08    Yvonne A. Jefferson

4B09     Write In*

4C01    Michael Yates

4C02    Janet M. Myers

4C03    Write In*

4C04    Steve Leraris

4C05    Joseph Vaughan

4C06    David Tumblin

4C07    Shanel Anthony

4C08    Timothy A. Jones

4C09    Joseph Martin

4C10    Robert H. Mandle


4D01   Write In

4D02   Write In

4D03   Lisa Colbert

4D04   Write In

4D05   Write In

4D06   Bill Quirk

– Compiled by Kimberly Jacobs


In Ward 6 many voters came ready and waiting to bring the next Member of the State Board of Education and Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners in. However, they also made sure to re-elect their Member of the Council since 2006, Tommy Wells, although many in the nation doubted the power of the Democratic Party.


Member of the Council:

Tommy Wells


Member of the State Board of Education:

Monica Warren-Jones


Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners:

6A01- Adam Healy

6A05- Sharee Lawler

6A07-Gladys Ann Mack


6B02-Ivan Frishberg

6B03-Norman Metzger

6B04-Kristen Oldenburg

6B05-Brian Pate

6B07-Carol J Green

6B08-Neil Glick

6B09-Brian Flahaven

6B10-Francis M. Campbell


6C01-Keith Silver

6C02-Mark A. Dixon

6C05-Tony Richardson

6C09-Kevin Wilsey


6D02-Cara Lea Shockley

6D03-Ron McDee

6D05-Roger Moffatt

6D06-Rhonda Hamilton

6D07-David Garber


Compiled by Alexa Murray