The D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics (DCBOEE) will hold a city-wide Special Election on Tuesday, April 26, 2011, to fill a vacancy for at-Large Member of the D.C. City Council created when Councilmember Kwame Brown successfully beat back his opponents to win the office of Chairman of the Council in last year’s Primary and General Elections.
According to the DCBOEE Web site at http://www.dcboee.org/newsroom/showASPfile.asp?cat=News Releases&id=648&mid=12&yid=2010, eight candidates have picked up nominating petitions to qualify for ballot access on April 26. They are Ward 1 Democrat Stanley Mayes; Ward 4 Democrats Leo Alexander, Sekou Biddle, and Joshua Lopez; Ward 5 Democrat Vincent Orange; Ward 6 Independent Arkan Haile; Ward 6 Democrat Kelvin Robinson; and Ward 8 Democrat Jacque Patterson.
To qualify for ballot access each candidate is required to file 3,000 signatures of registered D.C. voters on their nominating petition with the DCBOEE no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 16, which are subject to a ten day challenge period. The challenge period will run from Saturday, February 19, through Thursday, February 28, 2011.