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Her main opposition so far appears to be Ron Moten, the outspoken leader of Peaceholics and ally of former Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, who has indicated his intentions to run.

In Ward 4, Ms. Bowser downplayed the impact of the recess on the upcoming primary, but noted, “I can tell you we will be working on campaign issues over the recess.”

Meanwhile, Mr. Orange finds himself in a unique position. Elected just three months ago by special election and appointed chairman of a new committee on small business, he must turn around and protect his seat next year.

As for the recess, he said, “It definitely gives me time to think about that.”