Brandon Todd will seek Ward 4 D.C. Council seat, with Bowser’s blessing

Brandon Todd will seek Ward 4 D.C. Council seat, with Bowser’s blessing

By Mike DeBonis, Washington Post, December 4

Todd, 31, has Bowser’s blessing to claim her Ward 4 seat. (Mike DeBonis/The Washington Post)

The last time the Ward 4 D.C. Council seat changed hands, in 2007, it had the feeling of a dynastic succession: Adrian M. Fenty, the presumptive mayor, tapped a little-known advisory neighborhood commissioner, Muriel E. Bowser, to run with his support in the special election. Bowser won comfortably.

Seven years later, with Bowser set to assume the mayoralty, a similar dynamic is at play: Brandon T. Todd, a longtime aide to Bowser, said Thursday he will seek his boss’s seat. And Bowser, in brief remarks at the John A. Wilson Building, said Todd is running with her support.

“He’s going to make a great council member,” she said.

Todd, 31, was most recently the finance director for Bowser’s mayoral campaign. He is also chairman of the Ward 4 Democrats, managed Bowser’s 2012 reelection campaign and served in Bowser’s council office as her constituent services director. Todd graduated from Eastern High School and has degrees from Bowie State University and Trinity Washington University.

Todd confirmed his plans Thursday and said he would be more forthcoming with details on Monday when he plans to pick up ballot petitions for the April 28 special election.

“I’m going to work hard,” he said. “I’m going to knock on every door in Ward 4.”

Todd can expect to run with the full support of Bowser’s political and fundraising operation, which raised $3.6 million for the mayoral race and won the general election by nearly 20 points. But ambitious door-knocking is a playbook Bowser and Fenty know well. Both were in the Wilson Building Thursday — together with fellow Ward 4 council members Charlene Drew Jarvis and Arrington Dixon — who had gathered for the beginning of memorial services for former mayor Marion Barry.

Numerous candidates are expected in both the Ward 4 race, as well as in the Ward 8 race to succeed Barry, who died last month at 78.

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.

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