Gray Wins the District, See How Georgetown Matches Up
With the exception of Mayor, Georgetown voted similarly to the rest of the District.
District Council Chair Vincent Gray won the D.C. general election for Mayor on Nov. 2. Gray received 63.4 percent of votes for mayor, winning out over the write-in candidate(s) who received 32.5 percent of votes. Wednesday Gray will announce details of his planned transition; as of 9:20 a.m. the website www.graytransition2010.com was not live.
At his victory party at LOVE in NE D.C., Gray told an enthusiastic crowd, "It doesn't matter to me whether you voted for me or not. We are all citizens of the District of Columbia." Good thing, since many Georgetown voters did not vote for the mayor-elect.
MAYORAL VOTES COMPARED
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As for the remaining offices, Georgetown and Ward 2 voted much like the rest of the District. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) was handily reelected as Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives, though the House switched control to the Republicans over night, making statehood look less likely by the minute.
Kwame Brown won the race for Chairman of the District Council. In nearby Ward 3, Councilmember Mary Cheh won re-election with 64.7 percent of votes after a stronger than expected challenge from Dave Hedgepeth, who received 34.3 percent of votes. For At-Large seats on the Council, incumbents Phil Mendelson and David Catania won with 52.3 percent and 30.9 percent respectively.
The District, barring any intervention by Congress in the next 35 days, will elect its next Attorney General in 2014. District-wide 75.6 percent of voters said yes to Proposed Charter Amendment IV, with 24.4 percent voting no.
Since the Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) candidates were unchallenged, the usual suspects were elected or reelected to the local position; candidates received a minimum of 100 votes with one exception. Georgetown University student, Jason Sticka won a seat on the ANC with a total of six votes, one he cast himself; he would need more support than that to win a student-body office, but apparently that's all it takes for the ANC.
On the comical side of the election one voter tried to use a stamp to write-in Fenty, which is acceptable for paper ballots, but the voter used the stamp on an electronic voting machine in Chevy Chase.
Then there were the interesting messages your neighbors sent with their write-ins. For instance, in the 6th Precinct under Mayor, one voter simply wrote "Republican." Then instead of voting for Ron Lewis for ANC2E-01, one voter wrote-in "not Lewis" and another "anyone else." These frustrations might be more constructively expressed by supporting a challenger in the primary, but kudos to them for showing the interesting side of democracy in action.
Enjoy the brief reprieve from campaign ads; the 2012 election cycle kicks off sooner than you know.