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Carol Schwartz, a longtime fixture on the Washington city council and in D.C. politics in general, has decided to run as a write-in candidate after losing in a primary last week.
D.C. voters in 2002 re-elected Mayor Anthony Williams as a write-in candidate. He'd been bumped from the primary ballot because his signature collectors had forged tons of the names on his qualifying petitions. (Tony Blair, Kofi Annan and Robin Hood, it turned out, were not really District residents.)
But there's some irony in Schwartz's move, since her opponent, Patrick Mara, had to wait extra hours last week after a computer snafu led to a mistaken belief thousands of write-in votes had been cast.
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