For those who still cling to the notion that things don’t change politically in the District of Columbia I suggest they look again. Three years ago, no one would have believed that we would have a new young mayor with only seven years in government and a City Council with the majority having been there for less than three years. The Bowser era, as I predict it will be called, could be great for the District of Columbia.
With the passing of Marion Barry there will be eight members of the Council with less than three years tenure. They include current members David Grosso, Anita Bonds and Kenyan McDuffie and three who will be sworn in for the first time on Jan. 1: Brianne Nadeau, Charles Allen and Elissa Silverman. In the beginning of 2015, two more will be elected to fill open seats. One in Ward 8 left by Barry’s death, and the Ward 4 seat, which will be open when Bowser gets sworn in as mayor. Add a first-time independent attorney general, Karl Racine, and it’s clearly a new era.