WASHINGTON, D.C. (WJLA) - Carol Schwartz, a former Republican councilmember at-large, announced her run for mayor of D.C. as an Independent on Monday.
In a statement, Schwartz said she has become increasingly concerned about the city's ethics, or lack thereof, and about the future of the city's reputation.
"During this five-year break from political life—and many of you may remember, that break was not of my choosing—I have watched closely from the sidelines and have been concerned about what is happening in our city’s present and what its future will look like," she said.
Schwartz was first elected to the council in 1985 and again in 2000 and 2004. In between those two periods, she unsuccessfully ran for mayor four times, in 1986, 1994, 1996 and 1998, being defeated by Marion Barry twice, and Anthony Williams.
In her statement, Schwartz refers to her children, who take offense at her being labeled the "perennial mayoral candidate." But then she says some of the qualities of "perennial" could be applied to her, such as "constant, lasting, unfailing, unchanging, abiding, enduring."
"They are some of the qualities we should look for in a mayor," she said.
Schwartz goes on to say that she was once again inspired to run because of the many scandals to come out of the D.C. council and mayor's office in recent years.
"Real leaders don’t wait until they get into trouble to know certain things are risky and ill-advised," she said.
"I think there is a void in the kind of leadership that speaks up long before the flood comes. I want a leader who has the wisdom to recognize chicanery before the 'you-know-what' hits the fan and who has the courage to take it on and stop it before it hits," she said. "I have not seen that leader in this general election."
Schwartz said she plans to pick up her petition at the Board of Elections on Friday at 11 a.m.
Current councilmember David Catania previously announced his run as an Independent. Democratic councilmember Muriel Bowser won the party nomination in the April primary, beating out incumbent Vincent Gray.