WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Longtime District of Columbia political insider Anita Bonds was elected to the D.C. Council Tuesday, fending off five challengers in a special election.
According to unofficial returns, Bonds won the election with 32 percent of the vote.
Bonds has been on the council in an interim capacity since December. She was appointed to fill the vacancy by members of the D.C. Democratic State Committee, of which she is the chairman.
She staved off three Democrats, a Republican and a third-party candidate. The defeat was especially bitter for district Republicans, who saw the special election as a rare opportunity to pick up a seat on the Democratic-dominated council. Registered Democrats outnumber Republicans 11-to-1 in the nation’s capital, and the only non-Democrats on the council are left-leaning independents. City law mandates that at least two of the four at-large councilmembers represent a non-majority party.