DemDaily: DC Democrats Dominate
June 20, 2018
The residents of Washington, DC, our nation's capital, voted in their primary Tuesday -- ensuring continued Democratic rule of the District's government, while approving a major game-changer for the District's restaurant industry.
Seats Up: elections for Mayor, Attorney General, City Council and Council Chair, Delegate to the US House of Representatives, Shadow Senator and Representative, DC Committee Members, Ballot Measure.
|As the Nation's capital, the residents of the District of Columbia do not have the same rights as other citizens of the United States. It is a special federal district under the jurisdiction of the US Congress -- which retains the right to review and overturn laws created by the council and intervene in local affairs. As it is not a state, it therefore does not have voting representation in Congress. DC does, however, have three electoral votes in a presidential election.|
Separately, In a show of voting rights, DC ratified the election of "Shadow" Congresspersons from the District of Columbia under its "state" constitution in 1982. Since the act was not officially approved by the US government, however, the representatives are not officially sworn in or seated by Congress. The first Shadow Senators were Jesse Jackson and Florence Pendleton, elected in 1990.Highlights: In the true blue US Capitol City, where three-in-four registered voters are Democrats, the winners of the Democratic primary are all but guaranteed election in November.
With all 143 precincts reporting, the reigning Democratic incumbents, from Mayor Muriel Browser to Council Members, swept their primary contests Tuesday.
The key contest in Tuesday's primary was not one for elected office, but the battle over ballot Initiative 77 -- a controversial measure to eliminate the tipped minimum wage in favor of a one-wage system by 2026.
The Initiative, which supported by labor unions and passed by a 10% margin, raises D.C.'s minimum wage from $11.50 to $15 per hour by 2020, raises the minimum wage in proportion to the Consumer Price Index by 2021, and raises the minimum wage for tipped workers by 2026 to be equal to that of other workers.
The referendum, however, could still be repealed or amended by the City Council. The Mayor and many of the Council members, along with restaurant owners, are opposed to its enactment.
THE JUNE 5, 2018 PRIMARY RESULTS
Muriel Bowser* (82.99%), James Butler (10.7%), Ernest Johnson (6.31%)
|Ann C. Wilcox (Green/81.67%), Martin Moulton (Libertarian/80.7%)|
Karl Racine* (98.53%)
|US Congressional Delegate||
Eleanor Holmes Norton* (76.67%), Kim Ford (23.33%)
|Natale "Lino" Stracuzzi (Green/81.71%), Bruce Majors (Libertarian/89.66%)|
|City Council Chair||
Phil Mendelson* (62.68%), Ed Lazere (37.32%)
|City Council, At-Large Member||
Anita Bonds* (52.43%), Jeremiah Lowery (23.96%), Marcus Goodwin (23.61%)
|David Schwartzman (Green/84.06%), Denise Hicks (Libertarian/92.79%)|
|City Council, Ward 1 Member||
Brianne Nadeau* (48.07%), Kent Boese (25.41%), Sheika Reid (13.44%), Lori Parker (13.09%)
|City Council, Ward 3 Member||
Mary Cheh* (94.93%)
|City Council, Ward 5 Member||
Kenyan McDuffie* (69.43%), Gayle Carley (15.06%), Bradley Thomas (12.32%), LaMonica Jeffrey (2.74%), Nestor Djonkam (.44%)
|Joyce (Chestnut) Robinson-Paul (Green/76.6%)|
|City Council, Ward 6 Member||
Charles Allen* (68.4%), Lisa Hunter (31.6%)
|Michael Bekesha (R/91.43%)|
Michael D. Brown (51.04%), Andria Thomas (47.3%)
Franklin Garcia (97.44%)
|Initiative 77: Minimum Wage Ballot Issue||
YES: 55.14%, NO 44.86%
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Sources: Ballotpedia, Washington Post, City Paper, DC Board of Elections, WTOP