Takoma DC – Ward 4 election

UPDATE: Brandon Todd won the Ward 4 special election held April 28. Results are unofficial but while the Ward 8 special election held the same day remains too close to call, it is impossible that special and absentee ballots yet to be counted would change the Ward 4 outcome.


Brandon Todd, former aide to DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, whose Ward 4 council seat Todd won.

Todd’s unofficial total is 4,310 votes. His closest competitor was Renee L. Bowser with  2,192 votes.

As of April 29 there were about 346 mail-in ballots for Ward 4 and 163 for Ward 8 yet to be returned and counted. In Ward 8 candidate LaRuby May has only a 152 vote lead.

The deadline for the receipt of absentee ballots is May 8, and the Board of Elections will issue a final count on that day. The count will be certified May 14. The winners will be sworn-in sometime after that.

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Ward 4 unofficial voting totals from the DC Board of Elections.


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Precinct 63 results show Todd’s lead was not as strong in Takoma DC as it was in the whole ward.

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APRIL 24: Washington DC’s Ward 4 is holding a special city council election. The seat was left empty when ward representative Muriel Bowser was elected mayor last November.

Ward 4 includes DC’s Takoma Park neighborhood, commonly known as “Takoma DC.”


Click image to go to a larger pdf version of the map.

The special election will be held Tuesday, April 28. Voting times and locations below. There will be a Ward 8 special election on the same day.

There are 13 Ward 4 candidates on the ballot, though two recently dropped out of the race: Pedro Rubio Jr. and Douglass Sloan.

Voters can inform themselves about the candidates at an independent, impartial website Ward 4 Candidates Info.

Drew Schneider, blogger at Petworth News, responded to a call for volunteers to construct an election site, he said. He was inspired by ANC 4C commissioner Joe Martin who suggested someone in the community create such a resource. At the time—November/December—there were 20 candidates and not much information about them.

Four other volunteers stepped forward, setting out to provide voters with comparative information about all the candidates. Schneider built and runs the site, which is entirely self-funded and unaffiliated with any candidate. In addition to Schneider and commissioner Martin, the volunteers are Michael Cohen, Sam Polk and Dodie Butler.


The Ward 4 candidate website.

“I believe the site has been successful in meeting the goal of ensuring voters in Ward 4 have the information they need to make an informed decision on April 28, 2015.” said Schnieder.

The website has sections on candidate profiles and position statements, candidate answers to questions put to them by residents, and candidate responses to a Kennedy Street Development Association survey. There is also a calendar of election-related events.

Schneider keeps the site updated with new questions, responses and information.

This city website has election information, including location of voting stations, a link to check voter registration status and a sample ballot.


Ward 4 Special Election – Voting dates, times, locations

Election Day

Tuesday, April 28, 7:00 AM – 8:00
Takoma Park Recreation Center
300 Van Buren Street, NW

Early Voting

April 18 – April 25, 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Takoma Park Rec Center
300 Van Buren Street, NW

April 13 – April 25: 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM
One Judiciary Square
441 4th St, NW





About the Author

Bill Brown
Bill Brown moved to Takoma Park in 1982. He has been involved in journalism in one way or another since he co-published an underground high-school newspaper in the late 1960s.