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From left: Anita Bellamy Shelton, founder of D.C. Women in Politics, Reta Jo Lewis, D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser and moderator Vanessa Williams participate in a Feb. 9 women voters' forum held by Shelton's group at the Greater Washington Urban League in Northwest. Lewis and Bowser both seek the Democratic party mayoral nomination.

From left: Anita Bellamy Shelton, founder of D.C. Women in Politics, Reta Jo Lewis, D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser and moderator Vanessa Williams participate in a Feb. 9 women voters' forum held by Shelton's group at the Greater Washington Urban League in Northwest. Lewis and Bowser both seek the Democratic party mayoral nomination.

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