FILE PHOTO: NATASHA THOMSON/THE HOYA Muriel Bowser
FILE PHOTO: NATASHA THOMSON/THE HOYA
Muriel Bowser

D.C. Councilmember Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) won the race for D.C. mayor Tuesday, defeating opponents David Catania (SFS ’90, LAW ’94) and Carol Schwartz, both running as independents.

Bowser earned 55 percent of the vote, with 80,303 votes. Catania, a councilmember-at-large, came in second, earning 36 percent of the vote and Schwartz earned 7.2 percent of the vote, putting her in third.

After beating incumbent Mayor Vincent Gray in the Democratic primary last April, Bowser consistently held the lead in the polls throughout the campaign, holding a four-point lead over Catania in a poll conducted by D.C. pollster released Oct. 4.

Bowser also snagged endorsements from President Barack Obama as well as from The Washington Post.

During her campaign, Bowser has promised to produce more affordable housing, keep Chancellor of Education Kaya Henderson (SFS ’92, GRD ’07) in office and build more middle schools.

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