Ex-Norton Aide Switches Party Registration, Declares for At-Large Race

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By Will Sommer

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The 2014 at-large D.C. Council race will get its first challenger Saturday when Robert White, a former aide to Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, kicks off his campaign as an independent candidate.

White, a 31-year-old Brightwood Park resident, left his job as Norton’s policy aide after five years to run for the seat. White tells LL he was inspired to run by what he sees as a lack of leadership in District politics, citing the Council’s handling of the failed Large Retailer Accountability Act as an example (White wouldn’t say how he would have voted on the bill, though).

Two at-large spots will be at stake in 2014: the open seat currently held by Democrat Anita Bonds and the seat open to anyone but Democrats, currently held by David Catania. Since whoever wins the Democratic primary will likely win the former position, that means White could be competing most directly with Catania, who hasn’t announced yet whether he’ll run for re-election. White declined to tell LL what he thought of Catania’s tenure on the Council.

Of course, District Democrats rarely let party affiliation get in the way of running for the set aside, and White is no different. In the grand tradition of successful …read more

Read more here: Washington City Paper

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