Residents of the District of Columbia will take to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 6, to vote not only for the president of the United States but also for various local ward seats. These elections can determine economic, social and educational outcomes for the next four years. Below is a list of the uncontested races.
Council member Jack Evans [D]
Council member Jack Evans is a Democrat who has served the residents of Ward 2 since 1991. This re-election will make him the longest-serving member on the D.C. Council. Running unopposed, Evans chairs the Committee on Finance and Revenue, which oversees the District's finances and tax policy. His efforts to keep the District's finances fiscally sound have resulted in 14 years of balanced budgets and led to the city's AAA bond rating.
Evans also serves on the Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary, where he focuses his attention on strengthening neighborhoods and protecting peace, order and quiet."Ward 2 has seen a lot of change since it includes the downtown neighborhoods with all the new construction, retail, and new residents" said Evans, 57. "It's safer than it used to be."
Evans said he's running opposed because of his approach to government – where he has helped "balanced the budget, which led to a dramatic increase in revenue for the city." Evans said his vision for the ward, includes improvements in education, creating safer communities, better access to health care for all residents, affordable housing and job creation where the east of the river communities are still seeing double digit unemployment.
Evans, a native of Pennsylvania, received an economics degree from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Law. He currently works as counsel at Patton Boggs law firm.
"I have a fabulous [council] staff and I couldn't do it without them," said Evans who confirmed he will be running for mayor if the current Mayor Vincent C. Gray decides not to seek re-election. "If he does run for re-election, I'll be looking at the election after that."
When asked if his run for mayor could translate to citywide support, especially since he was unable to do that in the 1990s, he brushed it off as "anti-incumbent" sentiment at the time, saying that other council members who were running were also ignored.
"People are looking for perfect ethics," Evans said about current electorate sentiment. "With my record in Ward 2, if I could take what I'm doing and take it to the entire city, I believe we'll be successful."
For more information, his website is www.evans2012.com.
Council member Muriel Bowser [D]
Council member Muriel Bowser is a Democrat and the Ward 4 incumbent who is running unopposed after coming off a competitive primary election in April.
Bowser, a fifth generation Washingtonian, "brings a pragmatic, no-nonsense approach to legislation, oversight, and policymaking in her hometown," according to her council web site. She was first elected as the council member in a special election in 2007. Eighteen months later, she was re-elected with more than 75 percent of voters endorsing her agenda focused on improving neighborhoods, transforming schools, and revitalizing corridors.
Bowser, 40, who chairs the Committee on Government Operations, earned a bachelor's degree in history from Chatham College and a master's degree in public policy from American University. The committee is responsible for matters relating to elections, campaign finance, personnel, grants management and government procurement. She is working on legislation to address and strengthen government ethics.
"It's pretty easy to support an incumbent who's running unopposed," said Ward 4 resident Doug Sloan who lives in Riggs Park. "She lives in my neighborhood and is responsive, accessible and easy to work with."
Another resident, Ralph Blessing agreed.
"I suspect I'm like most folks around here who're generally satisfied with Muriel," said Blessing, "and I find it hard to comment on the election since it's uncontested."
The neighborhoods now have clean teams, enhanced transportation options, and they are attracting more pedestrians, grocers, restaurants and retailers. "We can't stop now," said Bowser who was unresponsive to questions on whether she would consider running for mayor after Mayor Vincent C. Gray's term is completed.
For more information on Council member Muriel Bowser's re-election, visit www.bowser2012.com.