- The Washington Times - Monday, September 15, 2008

WASHINGTON (AP) Longtime D.C. Council member Carol Schwartz says she will run as a write-in candidate in November in a bid to keep her at-large seat.

Mrs. Schwartz is a 16-year council veteran who has run for mayor four times. She was defeated in last week’s Republican primary by newcomer Patrick Mara.

Mr. Mara was backed by members of the business community, who were upset that Mrs. Schwartz supported legislation mandating paid sick leave for most workers.

D.C. residents will vote for two at-large seats in November’s election. Besides Mr. Mara, the ballot will include Democratic incumbent Kwame Brown, three independents and the D.C. Statehood Green candidate.

The two top vote-getters are elected, although one cannot be a Democrat.

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