SIMMONS: Carol is running, Carol is running — again

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Here comes Carol Schwartz.

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A Republican who reminded D.C. voters that trash-and-garbage pickup is not a partisan issue.

A Jewish beauty contestant who eventually stood head and shoulders above the religious bigots of the Bible Belt.

A civic do-gooder who gives back because it’s the right thing to do.

A former teacher and school official who truly appreciates “special” education.

And the only gal who holds bragging rights for twice giving then-Democratic Mayor Marion Barry a run for his money.

Mrs. Schwartz is running for mayor again, except this time she won’t be beholden to party politics. Saying she’ll be running as an independent, Mrs. Schwartz has become a member of the D.C. gang that doesn’t shoot straight.

And what voters should most look forward to is how the former at-large D.C. Council member positions herself against a wild card — veteran at-large lawmaker David A. Catania, another independent — and ward boss Muriel Bowser, Ward 4 Democrat.

Mr. Catania is gay, Ms. Bowser is black, and neither is married, so a victory for either in November would be historic.

Mrs. Schwartz, meanwhile, is as familiar a commodity as they come in D.C. politics.

Voters and other stakeholders know where she stands because her actions always spoke more loudly and clearly than the Democrats’ usual doublespeak.

In her lengthy statement announcing her candidacy for mayor, Mrs. Schwartz pointed out that during her long run on the council, she:

• helped to lower the income taxes;

• stood up for medical marijuana;

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Deborah Simmons

Deborah Simmons

Award-winning opinion writer Deborah Simmons is a senior correspondent who reports on City Hall and writes about education, culture, sports and family-related topics. Mrs. Simmons has worked at several newspapers, and since joining The Washington Times in 1985, has served as editorial-page editor and features editor and on the metro desk. She has taught copy editing at the University of ...

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