The Michael Brown 2012 re-election campaign issued the following statement on behalf of the at-large council member:
"[The Aug. 29] preliminary Board of Elections hearings showed that the complaints against my campaign are without merit and were made in bad faith. Our campaign counsel argued to the Board of Elections that we have hundreds more valid signatures than required to qualify for the ballot. Fair-minded people reviewing the petitions and the challenges will conclude that hundreds of signatures were challenged without any basis and in bad faith.
"In addition to the large volume of frivolous challenges, further evidence of bad faith on behalf of the challengers is found in the large number of the challenged signatures that include high profile individuals in the District who both Ms. Brizill and Mr. Grosso should know are registered voters. Such invalid challenges include DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, Councilmember Tommy Wells, Councilmember Michael A. Brown, council staff, ANC Commissioners, State Board of Education President Ted Trabue, my own campaign spokesperson, and many others.
"My campaign looks forward to putting these proceedings behind us, appearing on the ballot, and talking about issues that matter like jobs and housing. Please allow me also to this opportunity to thank our campaign's hard-working volunteers and legal team, who worked tirelessly to address these challenges."