If you live in Washington or Maryland, you better vote today. Nothing steams my cabbage more than people who don't vote. Even if your votes are wrong ("wrong" being in disagreement with me), your participation is still what makes the government tick. Hurray democracy!
Since I'm a DC resident with such an inflated ego that I think you should vote for the same candidates as me, let me give you my personal endorsements:
Mayor: Marie Johns
I've written about this a lot. I've made peace with Fenty's inevitable victory.
By the way, I think Fenty was a great council member. I just don't see how that translates into becoming a great mayor.
Ward 3: Sam Brooks
Not just because of his dimples either. He's worked under two of the city's finest council members (Graham and Fenty) and has campaigned on a constituent service platform. Most everyone else is campaigning on fixing DC's schools which is a ridiculously tall order. Come on people, be pragmatic. Promising to single-handedly fix DC's schools is a promise that is broken every election cycle.
Mary Cheh is the favorite here. Everyone seems to like her so I can't be to upset, but her decision to continue teaching law at GW while representing me on the Council...that really rubs me the wrong way. It's not like council members are underpaid. They make about $100,000 a year. I'm sorry, but you can't have it both ways. The more I type about this the angrier I get. People, do not vote for Mary Cheh!
If it matters, my secondary choices are Goulet (no chance to win but he told the Washington Post that most Ward 3 candidates should be running for school board, which made me el oh el) and Strauss (because someone working for him left a comment on this blog).
Council Chair: Kathy Patterson
This is the toughest race for me. Patterson is from Ward 3 and has much more experience handling Council matters. I like Gray and all, but, come on, you've only been on the Council for two years. I do, however, predict a Gray victory.
Council At-Large: Phil Mendelson
Mendelson has benefited from an endorsement from Washington City Paper's Loose Lips that just tears into his opponent. I am actually afraid to vote for Bolden now. Apparently, he will single-handedly destroy this city. Not in the good way (like kicking out all the interns), but in the bad way (anti-gay rights, in the pocket of lobbyists, etc.).
House Delegate: Who Cares
I refuse to waste any effort on this since it's a meaningless figurehead position that only serves to get embarrassed on "The Colbert Report." I have no problem with Eleanor Holmes Norton serving as this meaningless figurehead.
Should you care about who I'm voting for? No. Vote your conscience and yada, yada, yada. If all my candidates win and this city goes even further down the shitter, please don't hesitate to call me part of the problem.
Oh, and if you're from Maryland, please vote for Lichtman. He was a professor of mine at AU and, despite his foibles, he is a good guy. More importantly, his candidacy would be effing hilarious.