- The Washington Times - Monday, November 6, 2006

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Voters in the District today will make official their choices for mayor, D.C. Council chairman, six council seats and school board president.

Because about 74 percent of D.C. voters are registered Democrats, the winners of the September primary elections are largely considered a lock to take office in January. Some candidates who faced stiff challenges in the primaries are running unopposed or against minimal opposition.

Bill O’Field, a spokesman for the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics, said workers anticipate no problems at the polls, which open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

In the lightly contested mayoral race, heavily favored Ward 4 council member Adrian M. Fenty, 35, faces real estate agent Dave Kranich, 34, a Republican, and community activist Chris Otten, 31, of the Statehood-Green Party.

Ward 7 council member Vincent C. Gray, 63, is running unopposed in his bid to replace outgoing D.C. Council Chairman Linda W. Cropp.

The most closely watched race could be the nonpartisan race for president of the D.C. Board of Education, in which the front-runners are two former high-ranking appointees in the administration of D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams.

Former City Administrator Robert C. Bobb stepped down from his post this fall to make his first bid for elected office. He faces Carolyn N. Graham, former deputy mayor for children, youth, families and elders, who was appointed to the school board in 2004 and serves as its vice president.

The other candidates are Laurent Ross, former director of the D.C. Tuition Assistance Grant Program; Timothy L. Jenkins, former interim president of the University of the District of Columbia; and Sunday Abraham, a former teacher and community activist.

Six council seats are in play, although few surprises are expected.

Two-term incumbents Phil Mendelson, a Democrat, and David A. Catania, an independent, are seeking re-election to their at-large seats. Mr. Mendelson, 53, and Mr. Catania, 38, face challenges from independent Tony Dominguez, 52; Republican Marcus Skelton, 26; and Statehood-Green Party candidate Ann Wilcox, 51.

D.C. law requires that two of the council’s four at-large seats be held by the non-majority party.

Council member Jim Graham, a Democrat, is running unopposed for the Ward 1 seat he has held since 1999.

Harry Thomas Jr. is seeking the Ward 5 seat his father held for three terms ending in 1998. The seat was vacated by council member Vincent B. Orange Sr., who ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic mayoral nomination.

Mr. Thomas, 46, faces independent candidates Miriam Moore, 42, and Tontalya T. Terciero Wright, and Statehood-Green Party candidate Carolyn C. Steptoe, 47.

The only prospects for upsets appear to be the races in Wards 3 and 6.

In Ward 3, George Washington University law professor Mary M. Cheh, 56, a Democrat, is facing Georgetown Visitation teacher Theresa Conroy, 54, a Republican, in the race for the seat formerly held by council member Kathy Patterson.

In Ward 6, school board member Tommy Wells, 49, a Democrat, faces Republican Antonio Williams, 26, a former senatorial aide and communications specialist, and independent Will Cobb, 35, a Coast Guard Academy graduate and management consultant, for the seat left open by retiring council member Sharon Ambrose.

The city’s new mayor and council members will take office Jan. 2.

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