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“Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon Todd is the first incumbent to file his paperwork for the 2020 elections.

And as of Thursday, the first challenger for the seat has entered the June 2020 primary, too—former D.C. assistant attorney general Janeese Lewis George.

While the already crowded race in Ward 2 has quickly centered around the issue of corruption, George wants the Ward 4 primary election to be a referendum on cronyism in D.C. government.

“I believe that Ward 4 deserves a strong, independent voice that is going to be unbossed and unbought by developers, contractors, and the current administration,” says George, quoting Shirley Chisholm while referring to Todd’s closeness with his old boss, Mayor Muriel Bowser. Bowser vacated the Ward 4 council seat after winning the mayoral election in 2014, and Todd won the 2015 special election after touting his relationship with her.

At a fundraiser for Todd last week, Bowser said that “I can call on him to get it done,” according to attendee Bill Rice. At the same event, D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson called him an “important ally,” per Rice.”

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