D.C. Council member Carol Schwartz, at-large Republican, said Monday that she will run as a write-in candidate in the November general election.
Mrs. Schwartz, who had served four terms on the council, lost by roughly 700 votes to political newcomer Patrick Mara in the party primary last week.
Mrs. Schwartz said she has decided to run again because she thought Mr. Mara’s campaign was vicious and overwhelmingly negative and because the pool of voters was so low.
“I have been so deeply touched by the many, many warm and heartfelt phone calls, e-mails and letters I’ve received since last Tuesday,” she said. “They have urged me … to not let so few primary voters decide the final outcome of this election.”
Roughly 3,700 residents voted in the Republican primary.
Mr. Mara said that he is not surprised by the move and that his campaign used Mrs. Schwartz’s record to show a lack of effectiveness.
“As long as I keep doing what I’ve been doing in the primary - which is visiting folks and talking about fiscal responsibility, government accountability and reforming the public schools - I think I’ll win a majority of the voters,” he said. “She may send out good press releases, but her record does speak for itself.”
The D.C. Republican Committee endorsed Mrs. Schwartz in the primary, but is now bound to support Mr. Mara as the winner of the primary.
“Our hands are tied because rules are rules, and we have to follow that,” said committee spokesman Paul Craney. “But I’m sure council member Schwartz realizes that fact.”
Democrats outnumber Republicans in the District 10 to 1.