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D.C. ELECTIONS ’14

UNION SPAT?

WHEN the Service Employees International (SEIU) Maryland/DC State Council announces its decision Monday (Sept. 29th) to endorse Democratic nominee Muriel Bowser for mayor, there will be no mention of the initial dissension in the ranks. At least one of the member unions, Local 1199 SEIU, had fought to be given the freedom to back independent candidate David Catania, according to sources.

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jonetta rose barras to Appear at D.C. Author’s Festival*

Join jonetta rose barras at the D.C. Author’s Festival, Oct. 18, 2014. She’ll sign books beginning at 9:30 AM and will talk about the impact of father absence on girls and women starting at 2:30 on the second Floor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.

The event is free. For more information about jonetta’s appearance call 202.829.0591

FREE POETRY WORKSHOP REGISTER NOW

FREE POETRY WORKSHOP, Register Now!

Esther Productions, Inc. , Pin Points Theatre and jonetta rose barras have joined together to provide free creative writing workshops for young people ages 9 through 15. Sessions continue Sept. 13, 2014 and continues every Saturday through October 4, 2014. Workshops are from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM. They are being held at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library at 9th and G Sts. NW-Room 219.

MURIEL BOWSER’S LIMITED ENGAGEMENT

MURIEL BOWSER believes Democrats will go to the polls this November and blindly vote for her as the District next mayor based on party affiliation. Is she right? Will residents vote for a candidate who has assiduously avoided providing details about her position on critical issues and who has avoided contact, declining requests from various community organizations and other elected officials to participate in forums with her opponents?

Those questions gained greater importance after Bowser announced Friday that she would participate in only four debates.* Two debates require tickets. Another, sponsored by NBC4 and The Washington Post will be streamed over the Internet. The last will be in Ward 8 where, surprisingly, a straw poll is also planned.

Is this the future of Democracy in the District: an elitist affair, where only a few citizens get to meet and question directly potential elected leaders about issues that matter to residents?

CAN DAVID CATANIA OVERCOME?

“I welcome a conversation about who in this race has any management experience,” said David Catania, an independent candidate for D.C. mayor, citing his employment at M.C. Dean. “When I left, I was vice president for corporate strategy.”

Detailing his sphere of influence at the multimillion-dollar design-build company with offices worldwide, Catania called his time there “indispensable. [It] gave me incredible insights.”

Is he getting ahead of the fight with that bit of offensive spinning?