Michael Brown describes his position on the ballot in the ward 4 special election
Just four more days until Election Day, and in the decisively blue District of Columbia, one of the most competitive races is for Michael Brown’s at-large council seat. Brown is hoping to be reelected, but his main challenger, Independent David Grosso, has the cash and credentials to unseat him.
(Vincent Orange’s at-large seat is also up for grabs, but people assume he’ll easily be re-elected.)
Grosso, a lawyer, formerly worked for council member Sharon Ambrose and D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton. He is a major advocate of school reform and has been stressing the importance of ethics and transparency in government -- which is a big deal for council that has been marred by investigations and resignations.
Grosso started campaigning early on and has raised more than $150,000 -- outraising Brown 2-1 in the final weeks of the campaign.
For his part, Brown was elected to the council in 2008 and has been a big advocate for affordable taxing and social services in the city. Labor unions have been his big backers. Nearly half of his campaign funds ($113,00) has been reported stolen.
A City Paper poll a few weeks ago showed Grosso within striking distance of Brown, with 26 percent of voters saying they supported Brown and 21 percent for Grosso. (A whopping 32 percent said they were undecided.)
But with such a large number of undecided and Grosso spending the big bucks in the final weeks of the campaign, it’s still anyone’s game.
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