If you didn’t vote early, Tuesday, November 4th is your last chance to cast your ballot in the DC general election. If you’re still on the fence about candidates in the most hotly contested races, here are a few links to coverage by us and by others. We think it’s best to hear from the candidates themselves, so we’ve included some video and audio links as well. We’re also including some links about the not-so-hotly contested races for the seats ANC 3F.
All five candidates attended this October 23rd forum at the UDC School of Law: Lorie Masters, Karl Racine, Edward Smith, Lateefah Williams, and Paul Zuckerberg. Moderator Mike Debonis of the Washington Post asked some tough questions. This is great opportunity to see how the candidates react to someone who challenges their appropriateness for this office. Debonis is always polite and respectful but does not shy away from pushing with, “You haven’t answered the question.”
Here’s WAMU’s guide to the September and Oct. 2 mayoral debates, the latter of which was hosted by WAMU.
At-Large DC Council member
There are 15 candidates. We’re choosing two from that field. Here’s the Washington Post summary of most of the candidates’ positions, and interviews with all except the Republican and Libertarian candidates, who did not respond to the Post’s requests.
Ward 3 member of the State Board of Education
Our high school-aged intern, Nora Pehrson, covered the one and only forum featuring all four candidates. You’ll find her article here. Three of the four candidates also answered Nora’s questions about how (and whether) public and charter schools should coordinate.
ANC 3F commissioners
Six of the seven candidates running for seats on the Advisory Neighborhood Commission for Forest Hills, North Cleveland Park, Van Ness and Wakefield provided statements to Forest Hills Connection. That includes a new write-in candidate for single member district 3F05, Andrea Molod.
There is no candidate for 3F07 on the ballot. Believe it or not, it is not too late to run for the seat as a write-in!
If you’re not quite sure whose name you’ll see on the ballot, visit ANCFinder.org.
What else is on the Ward 3 ballot?
Five races, including the Ward 3’s Council seat now held by Mary Cheh. We’ll also be voting for the chairman of the DC Council, DC’s delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives, our “shadow” representative to Congress, and our “shadow” Senator.
A single ballot initiative will ask us to vote for or against the “Legalization of Possession of Minimal Amounts of Marijuana for Personal Use Act of 2014.”