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D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) announced that she’s tossing her hat into the ring as a candidate for the April 2014 Democratic Party primary for mayor. She promised to be a trustworthy leader and to embrace a vision for the city that includes all D.C. residents.
Bowser, 40, said that her run is a natural progression.
“The voters trusted me to represent them as an ANC commissioner,” she told Rock Newman. “They trusted me to represent them as your council member. I share their desire to move forward and announced that I would run to be the next mayor of the District of Columbia.”
Bowser, a District native, was elected a commissioner in 2004 and served in that position until she was elected to replace Adrian Fenty on the D.C. Council in May 2007. Fenty was elected the District’s mayor in November 2006.
On the D.C. Council, Bowser is known to be responsive to constituent concerns. She’s also respected for her principled positions. In December 2011, Bowser made her mark. Her landmark legislation overhauled the city’s ethics rules for elected officials and District government employees.
Bowser is the first official candidate to enter the 2014 mayoral race but D.C. Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) has formed an exploratory committee for a run and D.C. Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) has indicated that he will run, as well.