Mayoral primary loser introduces election reform bill

The D.C. mayoral primaries are over, with Muriel Bowser winning the Democratic primary and, effectively, November’s mayoral election as well. The losing primary candidates have packed up their campaigns and cut their losses, but one losing candidate still has plans for the District’s elections. Jack Evans, two-time mayoral primary loser and Ward 2 Council member, has already introduced legislation that would update some of the city’s election rules.

Evans’ bill would make four major changes to District elections. First, it would move elections from April to June to give the candidates more time to whiten their teeth and practice smiling and move the presidential primary to March. At the same time, non-party voters could vote in the primary elections, should the bill pass.

The bill also would reset the donor maximum after the primaries so that candidates can receive an additional $2,000 from donors during the general election campaigning. Evans argued that a $2,000 cap on the entire campaigning process is unfair to Democratic campaigners, who have a much more expensive primary campaign than an Independent candidate like David Catania, according to City Paper.

Finally the bill would create an election debate commission, allowing civil groups to apply to host debates, because there’s nothing as riveting as a mayoral primary debate.

Evans, whose bright red “Jack Evans for mayor” signs can be seen blowing around in the wind on Wisconsin Avenue, ran for the Democratic mayoral primary in 1998 and again this April. If his proposed changes to the city’s election regulations is supposed to make his third try the charm, he has a long while to wait. The next primary won’t be until 2018, leaving plenty of time to make more of those red signs that’ll get flung around the area in the wind and rain.

Photo: Keith Ivey via Flickr

 

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