- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 11, 2002

D.C. Council Chairman Linda W. Cropp faced no challenger in yesterday's Democratic primary election and she won't face any Republican challenger in the Nov. 5 general election.

Mrs. Cropp will, however, face Statehood Green Party nominee Debby Hanrahan, who won that party's primary as a write-in candidate yesterday.

With election results pending in tight D.C. Council races, Mrs. Cropp's firm standing was a rarity last night. City election officials said only 46 percent of the vote was in by 8:45 p.m.

Like Mrs. Cropp, Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District's nonvoting delegate to the House of Representatives, was running unopposed in the Democratic primary.

Mrs. Norton, who was first elected in 1990, is seeking her seventh term as nonvoting delegate. With no Republican challenger in November, she has told voters that her central goal in being re-elected is to fight for a "newly energized movement for a vote in the House and Senate."

No results were available at press time in the Democratic primary for the at-large council seat. Phil Mendelson holds the seat and is running for re-election.

If he wins, he will be matched against Republican David Catania and Statehood Green Party nominee M. Tingling-Clemmons in November.

Democrat Jim Graham, who beat out longtime council member Frank Smith four years ago, is hoping to retain his seat in Ward 1.

In the Democratic primary for the Ward 3 seat, incumbent Kathy Patterson faced Erik S. Gaull. The winner will run against Republican Eric Rojo in November. Mrs. Patterson is in pursuit of her third term on the council.

D.C. Council members serve four-year terms, although council seats today are positions of significantly more authority than they were four years ago. The dissolution of the D.C. Financial Control Board in April handed back to the council a degree of power over city law changes and budgetary matters not felt since 1995, when the control board was created by Congress to oversee D.C. government.

The District has 301,579 registered voters, according to the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics. Of those registered, 269,937 are Democrats, 26,963 are Republicans and 4,679 are members of the Statehood Green Party.

Vincent Orange, seeking his second term on the council, faced community activist Harry Thomas in the Ward 5 Democratic primary. The winner will go against Republican Edward H. Wolterbeek, who ran unopposed for his party's nomination.

The Ward 6 Democratic primary featured incumbent Sharon Ambrose against challenger Keith Perry. Jennifer Ellingston ran unopposed for the Republican nomination.

The District's "shadow" senator, Paul Strauss, and "shadow" representative, Ray Browne, are seeking re-election.

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