If you didn’t take advantage of early voting, tomorrow is the official day to vote in the April 23rd special election for the At-Large Council seat vacated by Phil Mendelson when he became Council Chairman. The seat was temporarily filled by Anita Bonds who is among those running in the election to fill the seat. The full slate of candidates is:
- Matthew Frumin
- Perry Redd
- Elissa Silverman
- Patrick Mara
- Anita Bonds
- * Michael A. Brown – WITHDRAWN
- Paul Zukerberg
The Lets Choose DC Website has some useful information on the candidates if you want to learn more about them.
In addition to the open At-Large seat, voters get to vote on a DC Charter Amendment on budget autonomy. In addition to the relevant text of the charter amendment from the DC Board of Elections and Ethics Website (below), you can learn more from the DCVote Website.
Turnout at special elections tends to be light. There are a few good candidates in this race and depending upon turn out it could very much be up for grabs.
Below is the text from the DCBOEE site relevant to the Charter Amendment:
PROPOSED CHARTER AMENDMENT VIII
Charter Amendment: Local Budget Autonomy
Currently, the Home Rule Act requires affirmative Congressional action with respect to the entire District budget (both federal and local funds).
This Charter Amendment, if ratified, enacted and upheld, would permit the Council to adopt the annual local budget for the District of Columbia government; would permit the District to spend local funds in accordance with each Council approved budget act; and would permit the Council to establish the District’s fiscal year.