Tommy Wells officially announces run for mayor in 2014

Tommy Wells will join Muriel Bowser as D.C. councilmembers who will run for mayor in 2014. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Tommy Wells is officially throwing his hat into the ring.

Wells, who has represented Ward 6 on the D.C. Council since 2006, will start his campaign to become Washington's next mayor on Saturday.

He'll kick off his campaign, which he says is predicated on "cleaning up the corruption of city government" and other challenges facing the District, with a rally at the Starburst Plaza on H Street Northeast near Benning Road.

I've spent three months meeting with residents in every Ward of the city, and I hear the same message over and over," Wells said in a statement. "D.C. residents want an honest, ethical government that can help build strong neighborhoods."

With his announcement, Wells will become the second councilmember to officially challenge Mayor Vincent Gray, who goes into the 2014 mayoral election as the incumbent if he chooses to run. In late March, Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser announced her intentions to run for mayor.

During her March 23 announcement, Bowser also indicated that one of her main goals in office would be to battle corruption in the highest levels of D.C.'s government.

"Corruption has robbed of us our focus, our momentum, our need to think big and act swiftly," Bowser said.

Gray has served as mayor since 2010, when he defeated incumbent Adrian Fenty in a contentious election.