Reta Lewis formally announces bid for DC mayor

Reta Lewis, candidate for D.C. Mayor. Photo:

WASHINGTON (AP/WJLA) - Reta Lewis formally announced her campaign for D.C. mayor Saturday afternoon.

Lewis was Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and was a Special Assistant to President Bill Clinton. In 1991, she served as the Chief of Staff for the D.C. Department of Public Works.

Lewis began her campaign in July. It's her first bid for elective office. Lewis is one of several candidates for the Democratic nomination, which historically decides the mayor's race in the city. The primary is April 1.

When she launched her campaign, Lewis declined to offer specifics about her platform and did not criticize the city's current leadership. Her campaign said she would outline her vision for the city at her formal announcement Saturday afternoon.

Mayor Vincent Gray has not said whether he plans to seek re-election. D.C. Councilmembers Muriel Bowser, Jack Evans and Tommy Wells are seeking the nomination, and Lewis trails all of them in fundraising.