Muriel Bowser wins race for D.C. mayor, Initiative 71 passes
Councilmember and AU alumnus, Muriel E. Bowser (D) won the race for D.C. mayor Tuesday night, overcoming a competitive challenge from councilmember David A. Catania (I)
The race, which shaped up as the most competitive in D.C. history, ended with Catania conceding victory. Bowser commanded a 21 percent lead with 80 percent of precincts announced.
“I think Washington, D.C.” has spoken,” Bowser said in her victory speech, flanked by an entourage of Democrat councilmembers and campaign officials.
Voters also overwhelmingly approved Initiative 71, the ballot measure to legalize possession and cultivation of small amounts of marijuana.
The initiative does not make marijuana legal immediately, as it will need to first go through the D.C. Council and then a 60-day congressional review. It may take a year or longer before Washingtonians can enjoy legal marijuana.
Updates to follow.