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Bowser Appears Unfazed by Council Members’ Bids for Mayor in 2022

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser may not have decided whether she’ll seek reelection next year, but the prospect of running against Council members Robert White and Trayon White doesn’t seem to concern her much.

Bowser, speaking Thursday at an event in Ward 1, appeared nonchalant when asked about the matter.

“I have the best job in Washington, D.C.,” she said during the groundbreaking of the new Torti Gallas + Partners headquarters at the historic Grimke School. “I have been focusing on getting the job done for Washington, D.C.”

On Wednesday, Robert White, at-large Democrat, and Trayon White, Ward 8 Democrat, declared their intentions to run hours apart, with the former officially filing with the D.C. Office of Campaign Finance to run in the June primary.

But Bowser, first elected in 2014, chose to focus on her tenure as mayor and her administration’s accomplishments, including its handling of the coronavirus pandemic over the past two years.

“I am the first mayor elected to a second term in 16 years,” she said Thursday. “It takes longevity to start and finish a lot of projects. We have done a lot in eight years and we can do a lot more in 12 years.”

When asked about a timeline for announcing her intentions for 2022, Bowser said, “I will get back to you at the appropriate time.”

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