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Voters Like Mostly the Same Faces in D.C. Minus One

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Former DC Councilmember Harry Thomas, former mayor and Councilmember Marion Barry, mayor Vincent Gray and former Council Chairman Kwame Brown.  (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Former DC Councilmember Harry Thomas, former mayor and Councilmember Marion Barry, mayor Vincent Gray and former Council Chairman Kwame Brown. (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - Consistency is the theme in D.C. after voter ballots returned Holmes Norton, Barry and Mendelson to office. But one name will not be returning to the D.C. Council after an upset at the polls.

Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, a Democrat who has represented the district in Congress since 1991, easily won an 11th term.

Holmes Norton defeated a newcomer Libertarian candidate in Bruce Majors – a longtime D.C. resident and local realtor – who was seeking his first term in public office.

Among the races for local office, few were competitive, except for one.

Among the races for local office, few were competitive.

D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, a Democrat, took over for Kwame Brown in June after Brown pleaded guilty to bank fraud and resigned. He defeated frequent candidate Calvin Gurley in a special election to fill out the remainder of Brown’s term.

Councilmember Marion Barry, 76, a former four-term mayor, won his third consecutive term representing the poorest of the city’s wards. Councilmember Yvette Alexander defeated Republican Ronald Moten, and councilmembers Muriel Bowser and Jack Evans were unopposed.

One race, however, captured the attention of political observers in the district. At-large Councilmember Michael A. Brown, an independent, was trying to hold off fellow independent David Grosso.

It’s been a nightmarish campaign season for Brown, whose personal financial difficulties have been heavily scrutinized. In September, he revealed that more than $113,000 had gone missing from his campaign account earlier in the summer — the entire balance at the time. Brown said he was a victim of theft and fired his treasurer, but no charges have been filed.

The missing money left Grosso with a major financial advantage, and the reform-minded candidate tallied a series of influential endorsements. Still, Brown — the son of the late former Commerce Secretary Ronald Brown — is well-liked by many district voters and has run as a champion of the disadvantaged.

David Grosso defeated D.C. Councilmember Michael A. Brown Tuesday, becoming the first challenger to unseat a sitting councilmember since 2004.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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