She said he is known for belittling staff and members of the public who testify at hearings — qualities she equated to poor judgment rather than leadership skills.
D.C. mayoral hopefuls Muriel Bowser and David Catania spar on education, homelessness →
"I thought it was very important that we have debates that could be broadcast," Ms. Bowser said of the schedule of four debates in which she agreed to participate. "I don't run from debates. I'm happy to answer the issues."