(WJLA) - There is silence in D.C.’s halls of government on Wednesday -- it’s the sound of major changes coming to the D.C. Council after Tuesday night’s Democratic primary.
The 13-member board will have up to four new members after Jim Graham’s surprise loss and Tommy Wells and David Catania’s concession of their seats to run for mayor.
And if Muriel Bowser defeats Catania in the November general election, she will also resign her seat to become the District’s next mayor.
On Tuesday night, Wells spoke about his decision to give up a safe council seat in his unsuccessful bid for mayor:
“I never viewed the city council as being the rest of my life, rest of my career. Life is not a dress rehearsal. If you believe in something, I believe you go for it."
Wells’ likely replacement is his former Chief of Staff, Charles Allen, who is the winner of the Ward 6 primary.
Brianne Nadeau pulled out an upset in Ward 1, and on Wednesday thanked her supports in Columbia Heights:
“They are ready to have their voices heard in the Wilson building, and that's what we'll do when we get in there."
Because of the delay in getting results, four-term Councilman Jim Graham did not learn he had lost the primary until he woke up the next morning – and it was not the outcome he was expecting.
“I think we've done a lot of really good things, we've contributed to the welfare of a lot of people and I feel very satisfied about the work," he said. "I'm not looking back and saying regrets for this."