Muriel Elizabeth Bowser (born August 2, 1972) is an American politician serving as the eighth Mayor of the District of Columbia since 2015. A member of the Democratic Party, she previously represented Ward 4 as a member of the Council of the District of Columbia from 2007 to 2015. She is the second female Mayor of the District of Columbia after Sharon Pratt, and the first woman to be reelected to that position.
Stonewall Democrats President Jatarious Frazier told Metro Weekly that all candidates who received a spot on the primary ballot were invited to attend and participate in the forums, in keeping with the club’s bylaws, but some individual candidates may have chosen not to participate, which in turn may have affected their chances of winning the club’s endorsement.For instance, in the Attorney General’s race, Bruce Spiva and Ryan Jones participated in the forum.
But even though candidate Brian Schwalb did not, he was invited, and ended up getting the second-highest number of votes from club members when it came to deciding on an endorsement.Incumbent Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, who had been seeking the AG post, was left off the primary ballot after a three-judge panel of the D.C.
Court of Appeals upheld a Board of Elections ruling that he was not qualified to run for the seat because he had not “actively engaged” as a lawyer for at least five of the past 10 years, when he’d been serving as Councilmember.