Campaign front-runner Matt Frumin wrote:
'Voting closes on Let's Choose DC Question 7 tonight -- Monday -- at midnight. If you have not voted yet on this question, please consider doing so.
'As usual, even if you do not share my views, the exercise offers a good opportunity to let your views be known on important issues facing our city.'
Frumin noted that online pollsters must evaluate the responses of five candidates for their online votes to count.
The eight final candidates are Anita Bonds, Michael Brown, Matt Frumin, Patrick Mara, Perry Redd, John Settles, Elisa Silverman and Paul Zukerberg.
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Interim Council member Anita Bonds holds the seat right now. Bonds is also running to become a permanent Council member.
The election is city-wide and non-partisan, which means that all registered voters are eligible to cast ballots regardless of party.
There is no primary or runoff. Whomever gets the most votes, gets elected, but will have to run again in the regular election in 2014.
Question 7 asks the candidates:
'Below are a set of proposals for ethics reform which some have advocated in recent years. For each, would you vote for or against? Further, you can explain any position in more detail if you wish and offer any additional ethics measures you would advocate for.'
•Ban or limit outside employment
•Eliminate or constrain constituent service funds
•Ban corporate contributions to campaigns
•Ban "bundling" from multiple entities controlled by same person
•Ban contributions by contractors and/or lobbyists who do business with DC
•Forbid free or discounted legal services, travel gifts, sports tickets for councilmembers
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