The next Washington, DC mayoral election will take place in 2014. The Mayor serves a four-year term and can be re-elected without term limits. As the head of the executive branch of the city government, the Mayor of the District of Columbia is responsible for enforcing city laws (approving or vetoing bills passed by the Council of the District of Columbia) and overseeing all city services, public property, police and fire protection, most public agencies, and the public school system. The Mayor appoints several officers, including the Deputy Mayors for Education and Planning & Economic Development, the City Administrator, the chancellor of the city's public schools, and the department heads of city agencies. To learn more about the local government, see DC Government 101 - Things to Know About DC Officials, Laws, Agencies and More.
Primaries are closed, party elections. This means that only voters registered with the Democratic, Republican, DC Statehood Green, or Libertarian parties may vote in their party's election. Since the electorate of DC is more than 80 percent Democratic, the mayor is usually determined in the primary election.
Important Dates and Deadlines
- Registration and Party Affiliation Changes Deadline - March 3, 2014
- Primary - April 1, 2014.
- Early Voting - March 17- 29, 2014. (no voting on Sunday, March 23)
- Absentee Ballots - Request Deadline - March 25, 2014. Ballot must be postmarked on or before April 1, 2014 and received by April 11, 2014.
- Election Day – November 4, 2014
Need to register or update your registration? See details about registering to vote in the District of Columbia.
Candidates for DC Mayor
Carlos Allen, age 43 - Businessman and musician, Mount Pleasant. Allen, known for crashing a White House state dinner in 2009, is a self-trained financial consultant who has owned and operated companies, including credit - financial consulting, mortgage lending, real estate investing, and a philanthropic internet magazine.
Muriel E. Bowser, age 41 - DC Council member (Ward 4), Riggs Park. Bowser, Bowser began her service in DC elective office as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner for her Riggs Park neighborhood, and was elected Ward 4 Councilmember in a special election in 2007, re-elected in 2008, and again in 2012.
Christian A. Carter, age 30 - Government staffing consultant, Hillcrest. Carter is the CEO of New Columbia Enterprises, Inc. a small private and public staffing firm that works with the District’s Department of Regulatory Affairs and the Deputy Mayors Office for Planning & Economic Development. He has been recognized for his work on the Washington Kastles Tennis Stadium project and the New Nationals Baseball Academy at Ft. Dupont Park.
David Catania, age 46 - At-Large Council member, Dupont Circle.Canatia is an openly gay politician and lawyer. For eight years, Catania led DC’s health care agenda as Chairman of the Council’s Committee on Health. In 2009, he became the architect and driving force behind the fight to secure Marriage Equality for all District residents, including gays and lesbians. He also authored legislation to create income tax parity with surrounding jurisdictions, minimize property tax burdens, promote home ownership, and increase police deployment. Catania is running as an Independent. He won't be included in April's Democratic primary. He'll face the candidate who wins the primary in the November general election.
Jack Evans, age 60 - DC Council member (Ward 2), Georgetown. Evans is DC’s longest-serving lawmaker, having served Ward 2 as a Democrat since winning a 1991 special election. As a legislator, Evans is best known for his leadership of the council’s Finance and Revenue Committee, which handles taxing and bonding measures.
Vincent C. Gray, age 71 - Mayor, Hillcrest. The incumbent mayor is seeking re-election with the challenge of shifting attention away from the corruption surrounding his last campaign. During his tenure as mayor, the District has seen a dramatic drop in unemployment, historic investments in affordable housing, and the fastest growing public school test scores in the nation.
Reta Jo Lewis, age 60 - Former State Department official, Mount Vernon Square. Lewis is an advocate, public servant, attorney and diplomat. She has served as the Chief of Staff for the D.C. Department of Public Works. an executive at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and a senior aide in the State Department under Hillary Clinton.
Vincent B. Orange, age 56 - DC Council member (At Large), Michigan Park. Orange is an attorney, a certified public accountant and served as the regional vice president for Pepco Holdings Inc. He ran for mayor unsuccessfully in 2006. In 2011, he won the Special Election to replace Council Member Kwame Brown for the at-large seat.
Andy Shallal, age 58 - Restaurateur, Adams Morgan. As the owner of the successful Busboys and Poets restaurants, Shallal hopes to bring a new perspective to local politics. He is Iraqi-American artist, activist and entrepreneur, known as the proprietor of the Washington, DC area restaurant, bookstore, and performance venue.
Tommy Wells, age 56 - DC Council member (Ward 6), Capitol Hill. Since joining the City Council in 2007, Wells has chaired the Committee on Libraries, Parks, Recreation and Planning, the Human Services Committee and the Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary. Before his election to the city council, Wells directed the DC Consortium for Child Welfare, was the architect of a groundbreaking program to match foster families with children affected by HIV/AIDS and led the drive to create the DC Family Court. He also served as an ANC Commissioner from 1994 to 2000 and a member of the DC Board of Education, representing Wards 5 and 6, from 2000 to 2006.
Other Officials to Be Elected in 2014
- Delegate to the United States House of Representatives
- Chairman of the Council of the District of Columbia
- At-Large Member of the Council of the District of Columbia
- Ward Member of the District of Columbia Council (Wards 1, 3, 5 & 6)
- Attorney General for the District of Columbia
- United States Senator (“Shadow Senator”)
- United States Representative (“Shadow Representative”)
- District of Columbia Democratic State Committee Offices