D.C. to Certify Special Election Results

Wednesday, May 8, 2013  |  Updated 6:12 AM EDT
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Anita Bonds Goes to Claim Victory in At-Large Race

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Anita Bonds Speaks Following Victory in At-Large Council Race

Anita Bonds speaks as she claims victory in the election for at-large councilmember April 23, 2013.

Anita Bonds Goes to Claim Victory in At-Large Race

News4's Tom Sherwood gets brief but emotional comment from Anita Bonds as she goes to claim victory in the election for councilmember at-large April 23, 2013.
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The District of Columbia is set to certify the results of a recent special election.

Democrat Anita Bonds was elected to the D.C. Council last month to fill a vacant at-large seat. She had been filling the seat on an interim basis since December.

District voters also approved a charter amendment that would allow the city to spend local tax dollars without congressional approval. After the election results are certified Wednesday, that amendment will go to Congress, which would have to vote it down to prevent it from becoming law.

The charter amendment was approved with 82 percent of the vote. Bonds received 32 percent after absentee and provisional ballots were counted. Democrat Elissa Silverman was second with 27 percent, and Republican Patrick Mara was third with 24 percent.
 

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